Ignorance of the law, no excuse
Ignorance of facts, who knows:
Burwell’s lawyers recently pitched the U.S. Supreme Court on the case, urging the high court to review this issue: whether prosecutors, at trial, should be required to prove that a person knew a particular gun was capable of automatic fire.
Burwell, according to his attorneys, didn’t know the AK-47 he carried during a robbery in Northeast Washington in 2004 was a machine gun. The bulk of Burwell’s prison sentence flows from the machine gun charge.
So, the crime of tax evasion (i.e., not paying the appropriate tax for a machine gun) gets a stiffer sentence than threatening someone with a gun to hand you the money or you will kill them?