A certain crime is punishable if attempted but not punishable if committed.
What is it?
Suicide and attempted suicide are not globally illegal. According to Straight Dope (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/040326.html), "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