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Crime and Punishment (Posted on 2003-04-20) Difficulty: 2 of 5
A certain crime is punishable if attempted but not punishable if committed.

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The given solution is not completely correct. | Comment 32 of 43 |
Suicide and attempted suicide are not globally illegal. According to Straight Dope (, "In the U.S. suicide has never been treated as a crime nor punished by property forfeiture or ignominious burial. (Some states listed it on the books as a felony but imposed no penalty.) Curiously, as of 1963, six states still considered attempted suicide a crime--North and South Dakota, Washington, New Jersey, Nevada, and Oklahoma."

I suggest another crime which does fit the condition (attempted crime is illegal, completed crim not illegal): Military coup of a standing government.

  Posted by Erik on 2004-06-02 23:29:53
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