Do your jobs correctly or we all pay

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 . . .



About xamble

Most things I do involve computers. Nowadays that sounds stupid to hear because everyone uses computers. Except I was saying that before the IBM PC came on the scene. (hint: my first programs were entered on punch cards in an IBM-29) Now I mostly use them. Mostly to provide a community service in my small town. Because I could when it was asked and still can. And I'm a wannabe writer. Various books in various states of incompleteness. A few short stories. Might do more of that.
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