A few times I’ve pointed out to councils that wording and language of (by)laws is important. You get it wrong and your law is wrong or ineffective. The wording may come from professional staff but it might also come from a group of people who won a popularity contest too.
Well it turns out that back in 2002 the Missouri state legislators made a few changes and no one noticed until recently that an unintended consequence is that most ‘stealing’ offenses are no longer felonies but misdemeanors … so those charged and / or convicted of a felonious theft in that state since 2002 have a strong case to fight that and get it whittled down to a misdemeanor. I say strong because the state supreme court has agreed – the legislators really screwed up.
I predict a booming business in headache remedies near courts and state attorneys offices . . .