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House. Special Comm. on Punishment for Treason, Rape and Arson. Report, 1841
SEE ALSO 53353 House No. 15 On January 30, 1841, a Special Committee on the punishment of treason, rape, and arson reported that only murder was
still a capital offense, but petitioners and public opinion wanted to abolish the death penalty altogether. The Committee was reluctant to move too
fast, so they planned to re-submit last year's bill. They briefly discussed each crime and other jurisdictions' experiences with removing the death
penalty. An Act for the punishment of treason, rape, and arson, 1841. Any person who committed treason would be sentenced to solitary imprisonment
for life. Any person who ravished or carnally knew a female was subject to solitary imprisonment for life. Any person who willfully set a fire at
night was liable to solitary imprisonment for life unless he could prove no one was in the building, then just life in prison. If anyone died during the
fire, then the death penalty applied. When a person was sentenced to solitary imprisonment, that person became civilly dead; his estate was
processed, his marriage was dissolved, etc. No pardon was allowed from these sentences. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the
Library of Congress).
Title:   The committee to whom was referred a bill from the files of the last Legislature, concerning the punishment of treason, rape and arson, together with the petitions and other papers accompanying said bill, have attended to the subject and ask leave to report ...
OCLC Number:   1422027807
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