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What Are Considered Capital Crimes in the United States?


General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
The U.S. Code of Justice, in Title 18 - Crimes and Criminal Procedure - Part II Criminal Procedure - Chapter 228 Death penalty - Sec. 3591. "Sentence of Death," as of May 7, 2008, stated the following:

A defendant who has been found guilty of -

(1) an offense described in section 794 or section 2381; or

(2) any other offense for which a sentence of death is provided, if the defendant, as determined beyond a reasonable doubt...

(A) intentionally killed the victim;

(B) intentionally inflicted serious bodily injury that resulted in the death of the victim;

(C) intentionally participated in an act, contemplating that the life of a person would be taken or intending that lethal force would be used in connection with a person, other than one of the participants in the offense, and the victim died as a direct result of the act; or

(D) intentionally and specifically engaged in an act of violence, knowing that the act created a grave risk of death to a person, other than one of the participants in the offense, such that participation in the act constituted a reckless disregard for human life and the victim died as a direct result of the act, shall be sentenced to death if... it is determined that imposition of a sentence of death is justified, except that no person may be sentenced to death who was less than 18 years of age at the time of the offense.

May 7, 2008 - US Code Title 18 - 3591 Death Penalty (10KB)