Saturday, July 23, 2016

You might want to avoid Yellowstone if you have enemies

While researching a paper, Brian Kalt, a law professor at Michigan State University, discovered a potentially troubling jurisdictional quirk.

As a result of some sloppy Congressional maneuvering, there exists a 50-square-mile zone in Yellowstone National Park where someone could—hypothetically—commit a crime and get away with it. Including murder.
The article is an interesting read. Constitutional law, judicial districts, state boundaries, jury pools, prosecutors, state and federal legislators, poachers... 

All the while, Kalt has been worried that publishing his discovery might motivate someone to exploit the loophole. And now that I've brought it up, I cross my fingers that one of my criminally-inclined readers won't hatch a plan.


  1. The MentalFloss article is a good one. It conjures a few ideas about those with the power to make changes. First, some are too busy working on other more important things or just lazy. Second, and more likely in my mind, those with the power believe that a little thing like a constitutional right could be ignored in a way making prosecution possible. The article gave a good example, the plea deal.
    It's interesting that now there is more traffic to those areas.

  2. Pissed off any chipmunks lately....You may want to watch out...
    Their chompers are sharp.....
    No witnesses.....