Episode # 41
In this episode of Categorical Imperatives we delve into the accusations against Rep. Matt Gaetz .There’ are myriad reasons to dislike this guy, but the label of “child sex trafficker” is not a valid reason, according to the facts as alleged.. While I get no joy from taking any position that could possibly be construed as defending this truly awful person an honest examination can only conclude that these allegations, even if every single fact alleged turns out to be true, still do not amount to child sex trafficking.
Much like what happened with the Kyle Rittenhouse case, we have people whose only real understanding of how the law works coming from prime-time shows like Law & Order, who think the moment anything is done “across state lines” that somehow completely changes the nature of the underlying offense and makes it exponentially more serious. Which is ridiculous.
In this episode I briefly explain why crossing imaginary lines on a map and then doing something stupid doesn’t immediately mean the stupid thing you did becomes a federal offense, since the vast, vast majority of all criminal statutes are State-level offenses.
We take a look at the applicable law
18 U.S. Code § 1951 – Interference with commerce by threats or violence
Not so much to defend Matt Gaetz and the Gaetzgate conspiracy, but to defend an honest and fair reading of the law.
18 U.S. Code § 1951 – https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1951
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