Friday, September 18, 2009

Betcha didn't know ...

... that possession of a concealed handcuff key by an "ordinary" citizen is a felony in Florida:
For wearing handcuff keys on a necklace draped around his neck, a homeless Miami Beach man could face years in prison.

Prosecutors on Tuesday formally charged Michael Gonzalez, 22, with disorderly intoxication, marijuana possession and two counts of possession of a concealed handcuff key -- a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

``It's an actual felony,'' prosecutor Barbara Teresa Govea explained to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton, who questioned the charge. ...

Article here. The article states that the law was passed in 1998 after a violent criminal escaped using a concealed cuff key and murdered two deputies. I'm sure all the violent criminals no longer carry concealed cuff keys, given that such carry is illegal. Now, if only the legislature had outlawed murder ... oh, wait. Nevermind.

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