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Were USA states really this disconnected in 1964, and was bigamy really punished by death?

I'm thirding the "very plausible" on the disconnect. Something to keep in mind is that the US is big. Really big. It's one of the top things people who aren't familiar with the US just don'...
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Can a legally sentenced but escaped offender be legally executed by a drone attack?

No Law enforcement are allowed to use “reasonable force” to effect an arrest. They are also allowed to use reasonable force to prevent imminent harm to people or property. As described, the felon is ...
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Were USA states really this disconnected in 1964, and was bigamy really punished by death?

Were USA states really this disconnected in 1964 Yes. Indeed they still are quite disconnected by the standards of other federated nations. US states have always jealousy guarded their autonomy. ...
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Can a legally sentenced but escaped offender be legally executed by a drone attack?

No, not in texas anyway. I have not reviewed the other death-sentence states but assume they will follow similar procedures: Article 43.19 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure defines the place of ...
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Were USA states really this disconnected in 1964, and was bigamy really punished by death?

Yes, the Disconnect is Plausible The US has always been quite localized in the collection and retention of vital statistics. Even today there is no central repository or database of such information; ...
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Can a legally sentenced but escaped offender be legally executed by a drone attack?

There is a special case to consider which you probably didn't have in mind but which may be relevant anyway. American citizens have been killed by targeted drone strikes. The government reasoned that ...
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Sentenced to death when pregnant

While this is difficult without a specific state, as states are responsible for criminal law, 18 U.S. Code § 3596 (b) states that: (b) Pregnant Woman.— A sentence of death shall not be carried ...
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Could someone who participated in a legal execution in the USA be arrested for murder in France?

I said this in a comment, but I'll put it in an answer. When France forcibly confines an American, the United States is entitled to ask France, "what the hell do you think you're doing, trying to ...
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Did Texas and other US states actually execute people with intellectual disabilities just because they were disabled?

To the best of my knowledge, there never has been any US law which authorizes killing or executing someone simply because of their low intelligence or mental illness. The arguments have been over ...
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Were USA states really this disconnected in 1964, and was bigamy really punished by death?

france How is this possible? How can there not have been some sort of central authority keeping track of this, especially if it's not only illegal but an extremely serious crime? Were the different (...
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Could someone who participated in a legal execution in the USA be arrested for murder in France?

In short, it is doubtful that France would arrest an executioner vacationing abroad. The concept of functional immunity relies on mutual respect of sovereigns and applies to government officials ...
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Sentenced to death when pregnant

Although this question is tagged as "United States" and the accepted answer addresses the issue there, I would like to address feewet's comment "Might be interesting to address the question also to ...
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What happens if the Indonesian Constitutional Court rules in favor of an executed person?

Virtually nothing. Just before posting the question, I found this article and became intrigued. Jakarta: Indonesia's Constitutional Court has no power to alter the death sentences of Bali nine ...
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How do Saudi judges decide whether or not a person has become an adult and is eligible for the death penalty?

The Human Rights Watch published a report on children in Saudi Arabia's justice system("Arbitrary procedures for determining age of majority in criminal cases"): Judicial opinions on when a child ...
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Can law enforcement/military shoot to kill for merely making a phone call that is deemed treasonous?

Treason, per se, is probably not a valid reason to shoot someone on the spot given how that crime is defined in the U.S. Constitution. But, keep in mind that in Arrival the situation has been ...
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Can a legally sentenced but escaped offender be legally executed by a drone attack?

If the escaped convict is reasonably capable of being arrested without the use of deadly force, then as mentioned above, the use of a drone to apply deadly force would be excessive force. This could ...
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Can a legally sentenced but escaped offender be legally executed by a drone attack?

Additional NO: While the Federal Government does retain the death penalty, it is rarely used and since Gregg v. Georgia, only sixteen people have been put to death by the Feds. All have been by ...
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Could someone who participated in a legal execution in the USA be arrested for murder in France?

There is one immediate reason why France wouldn't arrest a US executioner; that executioner hasn't committed any crime in France. France doesn't give speeding tickets to people who were speeding in ...
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Self defense during execution

I assume this took place in Washington state. There are a number of self-defense provisions in Washington law. The first, RCW 9A.16.110, is primarily about reimbursements for prosecutions of acts of ...
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Can a prisoner choose not to be autopsied after execution or is it a legal requirement?

Florida law (§922.11) does provide that The body of the executed person shall be delivered to the medical examiner for an autopsy. After completion of the autopsy, the body shall be prepared for ...
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Can law enforcement/military shoot to kill for merely making a phone call that is deemed treasonous?

The answer to the titular question is, "Yes, and it need not even be a treasonous phone call." In the United States anyone can be justified in using lethal force if they can establish that, in the ...
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Why do prisoners spend so long on death row?

Because taking every option to appeal the execution takes so long. You get put in death row after the first sentence. However you still have the option to appeal the sentence (using an attorney as a ...
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What offences are punishable by death in Canada in 2022?

Do these offences exist,... None exist for civilian offences since 1976 and for miltary offences since 1999. All death penalties have been lowered to life imprisonment and for any conviction after ...
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Was there ever a law that if someone sentenced to death survived their execution they would be released free?

The poem "Half-Hanged Mary" (1995) by Margret Atwood purports to recount the application of such a law in the 1680s to Mary Reeve Webster of Hadley, Massachusetts, who is one of Atwood's ancestors. ...
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In the United States, can someone take the death penalty for someone else?

No. There is no legal mechanism by which this could happen.
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What sort of framework am I looking for seeking a quick execution?

The charges you discuss would almost surely be brought in federal court, rather than in state court. This would probably mean a trial in one of the U.S. District Courts in Tennessee while being held ...
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Sentenced to death when pregnant

Obviously, a woman would not be executed while pregnant, but Title 18 U.S. Code § 3596 (b) does not make mention of further procedures to ensure the woman's life. This leads one to believe that the ...
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Could a doctor be sentenced to death for abortions in any US state?

There is somewhat-suggestive case law in Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584 that a death penalty would be unconstitional as "grossly out of proportion to the severity of the crime", considered &...
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1980s California murder trial transcript

I would contact the county court clerk's office and make the request, as they normally will have duties that would include filing transcripts and other court paperwork. If they don't have it in an ...
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