How about a new law? Sure. Why not?
Here’s the text of the law:
Any citizen of the United States who is convicted of conduct unbecoming a citizen of the United States shall be punished as a court may direct.
Simple. Easy. But, how about the elements? I got those, too.
1. That the accused did or omitted to do certain acts; and
2. That, under the circumstances, these acts or omissions constituted conduct unbecoming a citizen of the United States.
Well, Mister-Smarty-Pants-Law-Writer-Guy, what if the accused is guilty of other offenses, like larceny?
Good news, everyone. You can be found guilty of the larceny and guilty of my new crime, just because of the larceny. Guilty of one means guilty of both. No unreasonable multiplication or charges. No muss. No fuss. How’s that for keeping it real?
Maximum punishment, you say? Well, just to show you that I’m not a hard-hearted guy, let’s keep it at a simple 1 year of confinement.
I feel extremely proud of my newfound law-writing abilities. Only, I really can’t take credit for it.
From the “laws that have been used for decades department,” I give you Article 133 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which states:
Any commissioned officer, cadet, or midshipman who is convicted of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.