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May 27, 2007

There is no general federal homicide law.There can be none,in fact,since constitutional authority is lacking for Congress to legislate upon the subject,except with respect to killings within a federal territory ,in federal buildings or upon other federal property ,or killings of federal officials or officers.

Example

      X,without justification or excuse ,shoots and kills Y in a Post Office. X has committed a federal offense of criminal homicide.

Example

     X,a bank robber fugitive about to be apprehended by an F.B.I. agent , shoots and kills the agent. X is guilty of a federal crime of murder.

May 27, 2007

There is no general federal homicide law.There can be none,in fact,since constitutional authority is lacking for Congress to legislate upon the subject,except with respect to killings within a federal territory ,in federal buildings or upon other federal property ,or killings of federal officials or officers.

Example

      X,without justification or excuse ,shoots and kills Y in a Post Office. X has committed a federal offense of criminal homicide.

Example

     X,a bank robber fugitive about to be apprehended by an F.B.I. agent , shoots and kills the agent. X is guilty of a federal crime of murder.