Have you checked your state code lately? I can find statutes that I've broken every day. Some are just shy of felony e.g. It's a class 1 misdemeanor for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle with its lights on in most states.
So thus I have to call BS on your not so veiled assumption that you, me and everyone reading TR right now hasn't committed a crime today. The only difference between those that have criminal records and those that haven't is how pervasive and intrusive law enforcement and the judicial system are in their ability to catch and prosecute crazy laws dreamed up by the legislature. e.g. Check out Title 16, Chapter 15 of the South Carolina code for some doozies involving 'Offenses Against Morality and Decency.'
I'm normally not a conspiracy theorist but an underlying issue to this 'never mind their criminal past' might be a political state that wants wage earning tax payers who are unable to vote or run for office... Which means upping the felony ante... Talk about having your cake and eating it too...
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