UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
STEVEN R. STONE
STEVEN R. STONE,
Before EBEL, MURPHY, and McCONNELL, Circuit Judges.
Steven R. Stone was found guilty by a magistrate judge of camping longer than permitted in a National Forest in violation of 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(a). The district court affirmed Stone's conviction and he now appeals pro se. On appeal Stone argues that the federal courts lack subject matter jurisdiction over this matter.
Federal courts have jurisdiction over all cases arising under the Constitution and laws of the United States. U.S. Const. art. III, § 2, cl. 1. Federal district courts have original jurisdiction "of all offenses against the laws of the United States." 18 U.S.C. § 3231. Congress has authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to issue rules and regulations related to the occupancy and use of National Forests and any person charged with violating such regulations may be tried by a magistrate judge. 16 U.S.C. § 551; 18 U.S.C. § 3401.
Stone's jurisdictional challenge is without merit because he was charged with violating 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(a), a regulation promulgated pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551, and his conviction is therefore affirmed.
ENTERED FOR THE COURT
Michael R. Murphy
*. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.