The Death Penalty in United States of America
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Terrorism-Related Offenses Not Resulting in Death.
A few states provide the death penalty for offenses such as aircraft hijacking or sabotage; such penalties might not survive a constitutional challenge after Kennedy v. Louisiana.
Reasons for implementing the death penalty
Under the Constitution, treasonable offenses consist only of waging war against the nation or giving aid and comfort to her enemies, and no one may be convicted of treason except on the testimony of two witnesses to the same act or on confession in an open court of law. Treason can be punished by death under federal law. Several States provide that treason is a capital offense.
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Reasons for implementing the Death Penalty ..
Terrorism-Related Offenses Resulting in Death.
The federal death penalty applies for destruction of motor vehicles or aircraft or facilities for such vehicles and craft, if death is a result of the offense. Use of a device, substance or weapon at an aircraft facility in an act of violence against persons or destruction of facilities, resulting in death can be punished by death. “Terrorist attacks and other violence against railroad carriers and against mass transportation systems on land, on water, or through the air,” resulting in death, can be punished by death. Terrorist murder of a U.S. national is punishable by death in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 1111. Use of a weapon of mass destruction, resulting in death, can be punished by death.
Some states might apply the death penalty for possibly terrorism-related offenses such as train derailing or aircraft hijacking.