Federal Contract Killing
Although a case of murder for hire can be prosecuted by the individual states it will be deemed a federal case and prosecuted by the government if it meets the following criteria:
If state lines were crossed with intent to commit the act whether the traveling was done by the assailant or the victim, federal jurisdiction will be applied. Additionally, if it can be proven that during the commission of the crime there was communication by the mail system or any facility of interstate or foreign commerce as well as the wires (telephone, computer, etc.) in the attempt or completion of the crime this too would be foundation for the federal government to take the lead.
By definition a failed contract killing can be tried as the crime of conspiracy as it involves more than one person engaging in an agreement to commit a criminal act with the intention of carrying out the crime. The same rules of jurisdiction would apply to this type of conspiracy to commit a homicide. Of course this "contract" is an illegal agreement to begin with and can only be considered null and void as far as a legal contract goes upon its inception. Both the individual who hired the party to commit the murder as well as the person charged with doing the deed could be charged with the murder if the result is effective. In addition to a conspiracy charge an unsuccessful attempt would also leave both parties answerable for charges of attempted first degree murder.
The illegal contract between the involved parties may be set into motion with a promise of monetary benefits or property, as well as any other consideration that would be agreeable to the person hired to commit the killing and is of course a non-enforceable contract.
The Murder for Hire statute was enacted as part of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, which is written about in further detail on another page of my Website relating to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines of 1984 and can be read in detail by clicking here. Source: The United States Department of Justice.
Federal murder by contract is one of many crimes that may have death penalty implications if a conviction occurs. To view the latest complete list, click here and scroll to page 7. Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics
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