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Death penalty for terrorism with victims killed

You can now add terrorism to the list of state crimes that could potentially lead the guilty party to Mississippi's death row. "If we do reach the death penalty phase in a case like this, a jury should be allowed to consider whether or not it was an act of terrorism as an aggravated offense," said McDaniel.

This comes thanks to a bill authored by McDaniel who says with recent bombings in Boston & even terrorist threats the state simply needs to have the law in place. "We have to take a proactive role in combating terrorism. This gives our prosecutors and our justice system another tool to do just that," McDaniel said.

As with any death penalty case, a victim must die as a result of a felony before the crime can warrant death. With this law, terrorism is now one of those felonies, like rape or armed robbery. McDaniel says adding it to the list puts the state in line with federal law. The bill passed the legislature overwhelmingly. McDaniel has submitted this exact bill for several years now.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, press release via WDAM-7 , Apr 30, 2013

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