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A Quick Look At "Treason"

"In the fall of 1806, Burr led a group of well-armed colonists toward New Orleans, prompting an immediate investigation by U.S. authorities. General Wilkinson, in an effort to save himself, turned against Burr and sent dispatches to Washington accusing Burr of treason. On February 19, 1807, Burr was arrested in Alabama for treason and sent to Richmond, Virginia, to be tried in a U.S. circuit court.
On September 1, 1807, he was acquitted on the grounds that, although he had conspired against the United States, he was not guilty of treason because he had not engaged in an "overt act," a requirement of treason as specified by the U.S. Constitution. Nevertheless, public opinion condemned him as a traitor, and he spent several years in Europe before returning to New York and resuming his law practice."
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/aaron-burr-arrest...

"3. A Congressman cannot be arrested for misdemeanors on the way to the Hill
"[Senators and Representatives] shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same...."
5. No one can be convicted of treason without two witnesses or confession
"No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court." One person is not enough."
http://americanhistory.about.com/od/usconstitution/tp/fivefa...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMRUBlaS_qk

"At 8 a. m. President Smith had an interview with Wil­liam G. Flood of Quincy, U. S. Receiver of Public Moneys. While in conversation with him, Constable David Bettisworth arrested Joseph for treason against the state of Illinois, with the following writ, which had been granted on the oath of Augustine Spencer...
Hyrum Smith was also arrested at the same time for treason on the same writ, granted in the affidavit of Henry O. Norton..."

"Smith was the mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois, and running for President of the United States.[1] He was killed while jailed in Carthage, Illinois, on charges relating to his ordering the destruction of facilities producing the Nauvoo Expositor, a newspaper whose first and only edition claimed Smith was practicing polygamy and that he intended to set himself up as a theocratic king. Smith voluntarily surrendered to the authorities at the county seat at Carthage to face the charges that he was accused of. While he was in jail awaiting trial an armed mob of men with painted faces stormed the jail and shot him and his brother Hyrum to death."
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/carthage/treas...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Joseph_Smith

"A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden has been jailed for at least 30 years, officials say.
Shakil Afridi was charged with treason and tried under the tribal justice system for running a fake vaccination programme to gather information."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18175964

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It appears to me that treason is not punishable in this country, other than to incite a frenzied mob.

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