A Criminal Matter

Judge Kozinski, one of the reliable anchors keeping the 9th Circuit tied down to reality (and that's no easy task), has once again struck a blow for sanity.   He ruled that a prior California conviction for assault rifle possession is not a crime of violence for purposes of sentence enhancements.

While the scope of the ruling is small, since most people aspire to go through their lives without ever seeing the business end of a criminal court, that the question was even asked provides just a hint of the legal mire that awaits when objects can become crimes without any malicious intent from their owner.  

I got it from David Hardy, who got it from Volokh.

This entry was published Fri Jan 27 02:54:51 CST 2006 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2006-01-27 02:54:51.0. [Tweet]

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