When Does Murder Become A Federal Crime?

According to the United States Constitution, criminal law is left to be handled by the individual States where the crime was committed. So for example, let’s say you kill someone in Florida and are caught, you will be tried under Florida’s criminal laws.

But did you know that there are 10 specific cases in which committing murder can be seen as a federal offense and therefore ultimately be tried in a federal court? Not that we condone murder in any way but here’s how murder becomes a federal crime:

  1. Murdering An Elected/Appointed Official Of The Federal Government – this includes the President, Vice-President, Congressman, Senators, Cabinet Members or Supreme Court Justice.
  2. Murdering A Federal Jude or Law Enforcement Official – this includes any judge servicing on the federal court as well as law enforcement officials like the FBI, CIA, DEA, etc.
  3. Murdering An Immediate Family Member of A Law Enforcement Official – you cannot threaten a law enforcement to drop their investigation by murdering their family.
  4. Murdering Someone With The Intent Of Influencing The Outcome Of A Court Case – you cannot kill jurors, witnesses, police informants or officers to help win your court case. It’s also a federal crime to kill someone in response to their testimony.
  5. Murdering Someone During A Bank Robbery – since bank robbery in itself is a federal crime, if someone is killed (civilian, security guard, etc) the criminal will be brought up on a federal murder charge.
  6. Murdering A Child With Ties To Rape, Child Molestation or Sexual Exploitation – if you have sexually abused a child and they are killed because of it or you murder them afterward that will lead you to a federal murder charge. 
  7. Murdering Someone Aboard A Ship – maritime law is tricky because the ocean is considered multinational but since you are crossing multiple state lines in some cases it becomes a part of interstate travel which is under Federal Jurisdiction.
  8. Murdering Someone For Drug Related Reasons – due to the country’s War on Drugs, drug related offenses have higher punishments and are prosecuted under federal laws.
  9. Murdering Someone Due To A Contract (Communicated Through Internet/Cell Phone) – since cell phone towers and internet lines cross state lines this falls under Federal Jurisdiction.
  10. Murdering Someone Due To A Contract (Communicated By Mail) – same reason as above.

For the record, MURDER IS A CRIME! We do not want anyone to commit these heinous acts. But in some situations, it becomes a federal crime where the punishment and sentencing are much more severe than if being tried in a state court. We are bringing these up in the event you watch Crime Dramas, you can impress all your friends and family with your knowledge of Federal Law.

Infamous Historical Figures

According to dictionary.com, to be famous means:

having a widespread reputation, usually of a favorable nature; renowned; celebrated:

So then what does it means to be infamous?

having an extremely bad reputation: deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable:

As we study throughout school and learn about history, we learn of two types of people – those who do good in the world (for example, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, Gandhi) and those who do evil in the world (Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Sadam Hussein).

What makes these people infamous or evil is what they did – their crimes against humanity. These historical figures are taught to us in school because of their crimes which were (pardon the pun) enormous. Here’s our list of Infamous Historical Figures that people seem to forget were so incredibly evil:

1. Nero

Nero was the Roman Emperor from 54 to 86 AD. Nero suffered from mother issues as she controlled a lot of his life at an early age. This resentment towards his mother took Nero down a dark path and he arranged to have her murdered. He became extremely paranoid of anyone trying to take the power away from him and was even accused of raping and killing his half brother.

2. Pol Pot

Pol Pot was a communist leader of Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. In those four short years, 1.5 million people, roughly 25% of the entire population died from overwork, disease, starvation and good old fashioned execution. With the goal of creating a peasant and classless society his regime targeted anyone intellectual.

3. Saddam Hussein

President of Iraq from 1973 to 2003. Over this 30 year reign there are numerous crimes to choose from that make him one of the most infamous despots, but here are some of his most noteworthy:

  • Kidnapped an entire village in response to his attempted assassination in 1982 including women and children
  • Afnal Campaign forcing the Kurdish out of Iraq resulting in the use of chemical warfare killing 5,000 men, women and children
  • Causing environmental disaster after ordering oil wells to be ignited during the Persian Gulf War
  • Order the murder of his relatives and other family members

Sometimes we think of evil as something that isn’t real. Something that is only fiction but as it turns out, in our own short history of mankind, there are some truly evil people.

Who are some of your favorite infamous historical figures?

How Are The Kardashians connected to OJ Simpson?

The OJ Simpson Trial was literally the trial of the 21st century. But little do people know the mass media surrounding this trial is connected to the mass media that is now following around The Kardashians. Without this trial, the Kardashians wouldn’t require “keeping up with.” Let’s dive into these three points to get a better understanding of how this took place.

1. He was friends with and represented by Robert Kardashian

The first piece of the puzzle to understand is that O.J. Simpson was very good friends with Robert Kardashian. Robert was O.J.’s confidant and was a participant on the dream team legal defense team that was put together in order to represent him. Robert would eventually die, but the link between the families was what brought the Kardashian family to prominence in the eyes of America.

2. The Kardashians and the girls were friends with the family

In addition to Robert being friends with OJ, the Kardashian girls and wife were friends with O.J. Simpson and his family. There are many famous photographs from that period of time and the family was often interwoven into some of the storylines related to the case and the fascination with the Brentwood lifestyle.

3. OJ Simpson’s trial kicked off the reality craze

The craze of the O.J. Simpson case has lived forever, due to the fact that it literally started the reality TV sensation. You can find O.J. Simpson coverage on every channel in the early to mid-90s and reality giants were ever since. This not only changed television, it changed what people look for in terms of news and popular culture. Since the Kardashian family was an integral part of this craze, it is no accident that years later, they are also the standard of reality television.