Will the Feds start prosecuting those that break the Veterans Memorial Preservation Act of 2003?

Seems like in Washington DC, for example, last night there were some arrests related to the damage done/attempts to take down the Andrew Jackson statue. If convicted, maximum jail sentence carries a 10 year imprisonment term.

Here is an expert of the public law:

117 STAT. 772 PUBLIC LAW 108–29—MAY 29, 2003
Public Law 108–29
108th Congress
An Act
To further the protection and recognition of veterans’ memorials, and for other
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Veterans’ Memorial Preservation
and Recognition Act of 2003’’.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code,
is amended by adding at the end the following:
‘‘§ 1369. Destruction of veterans’ memorials
‘‘(a) Whoever, in a circumstance described in subsection (b),
willfully injures or destroys, or attempts to injure or destroy, any
structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property
commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed
forces of the United States shall be fined under this title, imprisoned
not more than 10 years, or both.
‘‘(b) A circumstance described in this subsection is that—
‘‘(1) in committing the offense described in subsection (a),
the defendant travels or causes another to travel in interstate
or foreign commerce, or uses the mail or an instrumentality
of interstate or foreign commerce; or
‘‘(2) the structure, plaque, statue, or other monument
described in subsection (a) is located on property owned by,
or under the jurisdiction of, the Federal Government.’’.
(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code, is amended
by adding at the end the following:
‘‘1369. Destruction of veterans’ memorials.’’.


I hope they start the prosecutions soon…

Sure they could.

Would 10 year jail sentences for those damaging or removing statues be a good or bad thing for the current social turmoil?

The law is the law-not good or bad…

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No one is above the law.

Or so I hear.


what if it was a set-up?

Sure. It says fined or imprisoned up to 10 years. What is the reasonable punishment?

Judges are trusted to be the voice of reason including having sentencing guidelines to refer to for example-1st time offenders vs 2nd time offenders.

no one is suggesting that,
he asked if putting someone in jail for 10 years was the right thing to do.

Did anyone say for sure that is going to happen? UP TO 10 years, not a minimum of.

It was more of a post inferring they should get nothing due to the current “social turmoil”. Maybe we should all riot so we can get away with anything so as not to cause anymore upset in the “social turmoil”.

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The statue was not damaged, they should get a year of probation and some community service picking up trash on the intersate.

Who’s going to clean the graffiti off the “undamaged” statue?

I would say noted on permanent record. Registered Monument Molester.
Publish their names and addresses.

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make them clean it up.

Who’s “them?”

the ones arrested.

Did they write the word killer? Why punish those that didn’t do the damage?

Why did we need a federal law for this in 2003?

Because 2004 was an election year.

Yes, it is coming. There’s supposed to be a new EO out to that effect tomorrow or the next day.

Apparently our FLEO’s don’t seem able to actually enforce the law without a specific directive from the WH to do so.