What Is the Only Crime Defined by the Constitution?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 29, 2020 4:43:15 PM ET
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The only crime defined in the Constitution of the United States is treason. The reason why treason is defined is that, under English common law, crimes were defined by courts based on what they believed violated justice. Without proper definition, anyone could be sentenced for treason on a court's whim.

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