Something I never knew about Yellowstone NP

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  1. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    I drive through this multiple times a year to get to Cody and/or Red Lodge, but never knew about this small portion of the park that is in Idaho.

    http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/11/22/best-place-to-commit-crime-in-america-yellowstone-national-park.html
     
  2. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    I would think that if you can not find an impartial jury. There would be a change of Venue. Not a lawyer here, but that is my thoughts.
     
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    ScoobyDoo New Member

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    Look at the source...
     
  4. f5moab

    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    Do you mean the source of the article; Conde Nast Traveler?

    As for a jury, that evidently appears to be the problem; no jury pool to pick from. I wonder if that would also apply to the small section of MT that is in the park.
     
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    MsMac Well-Known Member

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    Wow, there's some responsible news reporting. [V]
     
  6. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Wow, how irresponsible of any journalist to publish something like this ... IMHO.

    Kudos to the law professor who wouldn't.
     
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    MsMac Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely.

    God forbid someone actually trust that a law professor knows what they're talking about when it comes to the law. I'm terribly glad that Mr. Jennings could write this with a "clean conscience".

    SMH
     
  8. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Seems we had the exact same thoughts at the same time.

    This "journalism" is about as bad as it gets.
     
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    C.J. Box wrote about this scenario in his novel Free Fire where a lawyer (of course!) kills a number of campers in that section of the park and gets off. This is one of the Joe Pickett novels, about a Wyoming game warden who gets into interesting situations. Enjoyable reads.

    Dan
     
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    Jimbow Active Member

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    It is a good story. My wife and I enjoy reading fiction set in areas we are vacationing. CJ Box is a must have when traveling through that area.

    Sent from my SGH-M919 using Tapatalk
     
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    unclemark Overland Park, KS

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    The murder could probably be tried in Idaho state court, with a jury drawn from outside the national park in Idaho. This article's premise is only true for a federal murder charge. Usually, murder is a state crime anyway, not a federal crime, although on federal land it might be a trickier question, especially if the victim were a federal employee murdered in the course of doing his job. Regardless, it seems like the state could charge the crime under state law and try it in state court in one of the border counties. It's no surprise that Montana and Idaho have declined to expand federal courts' jurisdiction into their Yellowstone slivers just because a law school egghead says they should. I'm sure Idaho authorities have few qualms about the Feds being unable to prosecute illegal grazing, illegal killing of endangered species, illegal mining, illegal timber cutting, squatting, and all the other resource crimes that rural Westerners cherish their freedoms to violate.
     
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    Ryanm Member

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    Quoth Wikipedia:
    But lately interfering with federal officials on federal land is a pretty safe thing to do, from a legal standpoint.
     
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    Another CJ Box fan here as well! As soon as I clicked the link I thought of his book where this area in YNP is the focus of the tale.
     
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    novagirl retired camper

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    Love the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box!! I am reading it now in order.

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    Ken, the author, should probably not give up his day job as a Jeopardy contestant (yeah, he's the same one).
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Well, at least I found some new reading material out of this thread. [:D] Putting the books on my Kindle.
     
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    I too highly recommend the C J Box books - very entertaining!
     

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