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Since 1973, 117 people in 25 states have been released from death row with evidence of their innnocence.




Trafficking in large quanities of drugs.

Attempting, autorizing, or advising the killing on any officer, juror, or witness in cases involving a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, regardless of whether the killing acctually occurs.






Murder Related to smuggling of aliens

Desturction of aircraft, motor veichales, or related facilities resulting in death

Murder commited in a drug-related drive-by situation

Murder commited at an airport serving international civil aviation.

Retaliatory murder of a member of the immideate family of law enforcement officials

Civil Rights offenses resulting in death.

Murder of a member of Congress, an important executive official, or a Supreme Court Justice

Death resulting from offenses involving transportation of explosives, destruction of government property, or destruction of property related to foriegn or interstate commerce.

Murder by the use of a firearm during a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, or murder commited in a Federal Government facility


First-degree murder.

Murder of a Federal judge or law enforcement official.

Murder of a foriegn official.

Murder by a Federal prisionar.

Murder by U.S. nation in a foreign country.

Murder by an escaped Federal prisionar already sentenced to life imprisoment.

Murder of a state or local law enforcement official or another person aiding in a Federal investigation; murder of a State correctional officer

Murder during a kidnapping.

Murder during a hostage-taking.

Murder of a cout official or juror.

Murder with the intent of preventing testimony by a witness, victom, or informant.

Retaliatory murder of a witness, victom or informant

Mailing of injurious articles with intent to kill or injur resulting in death

Assanation or kidnapping resulting in death of the President or Vice-President

Murder for hire.

Murder involving a racketeering offense.

Willful wrecking of train resulting in death

Bank-robbery-related murder or kidnapping.

Murder realted to carjacking.

Murder related to rape or child molestation.

Murder commited during an offense against maritime navigation.

Murder commited during an offense against a maritime platform.

Terrorist murder of a U.S. national in another country.

Murder by the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Murder involving tourture.

Murder relating to a continuing criminal enterprise or related murder of a Federal, State, or local law enforcment officer.

Death Resulting in aircraft hijacking.



This page was last updated on 01-18-05.