“Misprision of a Felony: Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
Yes, Virginia, it is a crime in this country to know of a violation of federal law and not report it to a judge or a prosecutor.
Do the feds ever prosecute this crime? Not often, but, yes they do. Just this year, Zach Scruggs, the son of prominent personal injury lawyer Richard Scruggs, pled guilty to misprision of a felony for his failure to report to authorities others in his law firm who were improperly trying to influence a judge.
We have just learned from the Chicago Tribune Rahm Emanuel did in fact have conversations with Gov. Blagojevich’s team about who should replace Obama in the United States Senate. All the clever parsing over the past several days of the President-elect’s team has raised suspicion, and now, with the news from the Tribune, the suspicion has been proven well-founded.