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    Throw a Cigarette Butt on the Ground and You Could Face Three Years in Jail

    Forget merely annoying others with bad manners: In Illinois, citizens who throw their finished cigarette on the ground  are facing jail time – up to a whopping three years. Illinois’s updated “Litter Control Act” will subject anyone who tosses a cigarette outside the trash to criminal penalties. The first offense … More

    5 Posts That Inspired You This Year

    2013 was a great year for The Foundry. Here are the top five posts that inspired you the most. 13 Tax Increases in 2013 New Year’s Day [2013] was tough for taxpayers. Thirteen tax increases kicked in. The deal that Congress and President Obama struck that finally—but only partially—avoided the fiscal cliff … More

    Much Ado About Blubber: Marine Biologist Faces Fines, Probation for Research

    Nancy Black has dedicated her career to the research and conservation of wildlife. Now, she will have a criminal record and potentially faces a $100,000 fine, five years’ probation, and 300 hours of community service. Because of blubber. We previously wrote about Nancy, a nationally renowned marine biologist who has … More

    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

    “Help Make It Stop”: Victims Testify About How Overcriminalization Ruins Lives

    This story has been removed based on new information that came to The Foundry’s attention.

    The Motor City Wants Your Car Back: Civil Forfeiture in Detroit

    To most Americans, attending a party at a downtown art institute is a fun, cultural experience. But for the 130 people attending “Funk Night” at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit in 2008, a fun night out morphed into a scene out of an action movie. Armor-clad police stormed the … 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

    “Bang, Bang,” You’re Suspended: Second-Grader Sent Home for Carrying Invisible Gun

    Just when you thought gun-fearing “educators” couldn’t get any sillier. Last week, it was a couple of teenagers suspended for a year for playing with airsoft guns on the front lawn. This week, it’s a second-grader suspended for a day for using his finger as a pretend gun. Yes, eight-year-old … More

    Don't Film Me, Bro!: Officer Confiscates Cell Phone, Prevents Wife from Videotaping Her Husband's Arrest

    It was her cell phone. She was on her property. And they were handcuffing her husband on the ground. Yet when Heather Donald used her cell phone to videotape the arrest of her husband Thomas, the police took the cell phone from her and later commanded her to delete the … More

    “Zero Tolerance” Zombies: Seventh Graders Suspended for Playing with Toy Gun

    It didn’t look like a real gun. It shot plastic pellets. It was labeled “Zombie Killer.” It didn’t hurt anyone. And it was being used on private property by a seventh-grader. Nonetheless, some officious intermeddler called the Virginia Beach police when she saw Khalid Caballo holding an air-soft gun on … More