Top 10 Crimes Punishable By Death Penalty

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Execution day in many countries is extravagant and a public affair. Handcuffed and shackled, the convicted men and women are paraded (sometimes in public) to the execution grounds. There-they are either hung, electrocuted, given a legal injection, shot or beheaded. Here are 10 crimes which are still punishable by death penalty. Each one sites examples of where it is used.


1. Terrorism:

Terrorism is a crime punishable by death penalty. India and the United States have taken drastic actions to make certain that people know terrorism is a serious crime deserving high punishments. In March of 2010, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was sentence to hang for his role in the Mumbai Bombings.


2. Honor Killing:

If anyone has been accused of adultery, they are sentenced to death by their own family. They are stoned and sometimes shot to death publicly. The practice is a growing problem in both Western and Eastern countries.


3. Espionage:

No one likes spies, including the United States. Iran arrested a University of Texas student on grounds of espionage. The sentence carries a death penalty. Similarly, China’s criminal code carries a death sentence for espionage. In the past Israel wrongfully executed Meir Tobianski and US executed the Rosenbergs on counts of espionage and treason.


4. First Degree Murder:

Interestingly enough, a myriad of countries like the United States still include common crimes such as murder as punishable by death penalty. Many states like Pennsylvania have outlawed other types of murders as cause for capital punishment. Michigan does not perform capital punishment for any common crimes committed.


5. Treason:

Treason crimes against the government, nation and the states are punishable by death penalty. The most famous case was the Rosenberg Case in the 1950s. The couple was accused of spying for the Soviet Union.


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