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What it is?
Capital punishment in the United States
Is limited under the Eighth Amendment to the United
States Constitution to cases of:
crimes against the state, and
crimes against humanity committed by mentally-
In practice, it is only ever used in cases where
aggravating circumstances exist, including aggravated
murder, felony murder, and contract killing.
Use in Federal and Military circumstances…read more
Federal Death Penalty Act of 1994
Made roughly 50 crimes punishable by death
including crimes that do not always involve the death of
Such non-death capital offenses include
espionage (spying for another country),
high-level drug trafficking,
sabotaging the national economy.
Since no one, as of yet, has been sentenced to death for
such non-death capital offenses, the Supreme Court has
not ruled on their constitutionality…read more