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    Felony Shrub-Trimming: San Diego Man Criminally Charged for Pruning Plants

    The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office filed felony vandalism charges against 46-year-old Ocean Beach, California, resident Juvencio Adame for “defacement, damage and destruction” of public property in excess of $400. Felony charges can result in significant prison time. His “crime”? Trimming shrubbery next to his home. What would possess … More

    Fishing as a Felony: Teen Faces Prison Time for Leaving Fishing Equipment in High School Parking Lot

    The “zero tolerance” idiot parade marches on, leaving innocent people in its wake. This time, it’s a teenage fisherman, and he’s facing felony charges. We’ve written recently about children who’ve been suspended because of their schools’ zero tolerance policies concerning weapons. Yesterday, that idiocy reached new heights as 17-year-old Cody … More

    Flashing Headlights as a Felony: Why Helping Reduce Crime Shouldn’t Be Criminal

    Most people have probably done it. Some, if pressed, might concede that it isn’t the right thing to do. But most people probably wouldn’t think it was a felony, and would be aghast at the idea. And that’s the problem. Missouri resident Michael Elli wanted to let fellow motorists know … More

    Eagle Scout Faces Felony for Honest Mistake

    Just in case you weren’t convinced that overcriminalization is giving good kids criminal records, an Eagle Scout (the highest rank in the Boy Scout organization) is being charged with a felony for an honest mistake. David “Cole” Withrow, a North Carolina high school senior, is an Eagle Scout, an honor … More

    USDA Backed $7.5 Million Stimulus Loan for Convicted Financial Felon

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture guaranteed a $7.45 million loan to a company owned by a convicted financial felon as part of the president’s stimulus package. The loan guarantee, one of 515 given out by the USDA as part of the stimulus to fund rural development projects, helped David Myers … More