Probation in Misprision Ricin Case
A Utah man who knew his cousin had deadly Ricin has been sentenced to probation and a fine for failing to report the crime. The federal misprision statute, 18 USC s. 4, makes it a crime to have:
knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceal and not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States.
The reports on the conviction do not state the act of concealment undertaken by the cousin. For an interesting read on the history of misprision, read here.
(Photo: Castor beans, from which Ricin is extracted.)