No Clowning Around

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Can you guess what Montana, California, and Maine all have in common?

They're the only three states in which public juggling is a federal crime. Texas was also counted among them before 1953, but the law there was repealed by a rider attached to the Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution. In California and Maine, the crime is punishable only by a small fine, but in Montana, a conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of eighteen months imprisonment.

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