Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 11/30/15: The Only Crime Defined in the Constitution

The only crime defined in the Constitution is ‘treason‘, which is found in Article III s. 3. A response to the misuse of this crime by the British Crown, it was limited to waging war against the U.S. or giving “Aid and Comfort” to the enemy. Conviction requires the testimony of two witnesses, or the defendant’s confession.



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