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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
United States v. Jackson
Citation:390 U.S. 570 (1968)
The Federal Kidnapping Act provides that whoever knowingly transports in interstate commerce, any person who has been unlawfully kidnapped and held for ransom or otherwise shall be punished by death. The statute creates an offense punishable by death if the verdict of the jury shall so recommend. The statute sets forth no procedure for imposing the death penalty upon a defendant who waives the right to jury trial or upon one who pleads guilty. On October 10, 1966, a federal grand jury in Connecticut returned an indictment charging in count one that the appellees had transported from Connecticut to New Jersey a person how had been kidnapped and held for ransom.
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