You ARE a Criminal…You Just Don’t Know It Yet
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by Mark Nestmann: A
Visit to the 'World’s Most Livable City'
How many felonies
have you committed today? If youre like most Americans, you
probably violate federal or state law several times each day, without
even knowing it.
of American law is a topic I return to occasionally, most recently
in this post. Thats because state and federal governments
constantly expand the list of activities deemed criminal offenses.
More recently, children attending public schools have been deemed
criminals as well.
In Las Vegas,
you can be thrown in jail for spilling a drink in a nightclub. Thats
what happened to Justin OConnell last summer. Apparently a
bouncer noticed OConnell spill his drink and then asked him
to leave. OConnell then asked for his $30 cover charge back.
The nightclub then called police, who escorted OConnell to
jail. He now faces criminal trespassing charges.
Here are some
other criminal offenses in Las Vegas (and many other cities, for
or lying down on public sidewalks in the downtown redevelopment
- Buying drinks
for more than three people within 24 hours
the homeless in public. Incidentally, its also illegal to
a hamburger, by leaving its contents anywhere in public
the tip of the criminalization iceberg. Have you ever purchased
sinus medication over the counter? Well, so did Diane Avera, a 45-year-old
Mississippi grandmother. Now she faces a year in prison after being
convicted of intent to manufacture amphetamine. Its a long
story, but basically, Mississippi law requires a prescription to
purchase pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in many sinus medications.
To save time and aggravation, Avera drove to Alabama to purchase
her medication, but got caught up in a sting operation.
wonder the United States has by far the worlds largest prison
population per capita anywhere on earth. More people rot in local,
county, state, or federal prisons in the United States than in all
other developed countries combined.
the World Prison Population List. Ninth Edition (2012):
than 10.1 million people are held in penal institutions throughout
the world, mostly as pretrial detainees/remand prisoners or as
sentenced prisoners. Almost half of these are in the United States
(2.29 million), Russia (0.81 million) or China (1.65 million sentenced
has the highest prison population rate of 743 per 100,000 of its
national population followed by Rwanda (595 per 100,000).
President Obama, Yes we can
put you in prison!
Even more disturbing
the criminalization of America is now creeping into high schools,
junior high schools
and most recently, even kindergarten classes.
Case in point: Last month, a five-year old boy (from Mississippi
wound up in the back of a police car because he didnt wear
the right color shoes to class. His teacher told him he had to wear
the little boy had no black shoes, and his mother apparently didnt
have the money to buy any. So she improvised. She used a marker
to cover up his red and white tennis shoes. Unfortunately, she missed
a couple spots. When the boy showed up the next day, his teacher
called the cops. Shortly thereafter, police escorted him home in
a police car and delivered a stern warning to his mother.
this is business as usual in Mississippi. Indeed, the
U.S. Justice Department recently filed a lawsuit against officials
in one Mississippi county for running what critics call a school-to-prison
hopefully excuse me from making a couple observations:
can inadvertently run afoul of Americas metastasizing network
of criminal laws. Spilling a drink in a nightclub is hardly what
anyone would consider a criminal offense. Neither
is purchasing medication over-the-counter.
- Once you
have a criminal record, especially a felony conviction, youll
find it much more difficult to live outside the United States,
or to acquire a second citizenship and passport.
Not to belabor
the obvious, but if you have any interest at all in a second nationality,
dont wait until some inadvertent slip-up results in an arrest
and possible felony conviction. Contact us today at [email protected]
for more information about how to acquire a second passport.
Nestmann [send him mail]
is a journalist with more than 20 years of investigative experience
and is a charter member of The
Sovereign Society’s Council of Experts. He has authored over
a dozen books and many additional reports on wealth preservation,
privacy and offshore investing. Mark serves as president of his
own international consulting firm, The
Nestmann Group, Ltd. The Nestmann Group provides international
wealth preservation services for high-net worth individuals. Mark
is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (member of
subcommittee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers, Committee
on Taxation) and member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in international
tax law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business
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