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No, going through somebody's trash is most definitely not a federal crime. It is not a crime at all. Once somebody throws something away, it is fair game for anybody else. Accordingly, you no longer have any privacy with regard to anything that you throw away. However, if you didn't make the mess out of your trash, then clearly you aren't responsible for paying any fees associated with the trash being a mess. I don't know how your landlord would attempt to prove that you caused the mess. It seems highly unlikely, and therefore I would refuse to pay any fees that the landlord attempts to impose upon you. I would make it clear that you will be happy to pay only if the landlord can provide any shred of evidence that it was you. Once you threw the trash away, anybody could've made the mess with it. If push came to shove, and this dispute ended up in court, I strongly believe that the judge would rule in your favor given these facts.
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