© 2023 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

MSU prof persists with calls for reform of enforcement loophole

Brian Galt photo
Scott Pohl
MSU law professor Brian Galt

There is an area of Yellowstone Park known as the "Zone of Death" because, due to a constitutional loophole, a crime committed there could go unpunished. We talk with the MSU law professor who first published a paper about this loophole.

Movies often portray the old west as a lawless place, and the assumption is that today those places no longer exist. But in 2005, an MSU law professor discovered a loophole in the Sixth Amendment that could allow for potential lawlessness in a remote sliver of land in Yellowstone National Park.

At that time, Professor Brian Kalt wrote about the loophole in an article for the Georgetown Law Journal called “The Perfect Crime,” and he referred to the swath of land as the “Zone of Death.”

The article garnered major attention at the time and still does today, yet the loophole remains unchanged.

We talk with Brian Kalt about Yellowstone's "Zone of Death."

Related Content
Did you know that 40% of Michigan third graders have trouble with reading? Join WKAR in our efforts to increase youth literacy. Every donation of $60 or more provides a reading kit to a child in our community, and funds another year of local journalism. Donate today!