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  •  It's not so much that the law doesn't apply, it's (1+ / 0-)
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    that there's usually no one who's both willing and able to prosecute.  Major crimes like rape are supposed to be handled by the feds in such instances, but in practice it doesn't happen, and the local authorities who would be willing to do so are legally barred from hearing the case.

    It practice, of course, it amounts to the same thing -- no law.

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