misprision of treason


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misprision of treason

the crime of failing to inform the authorities where the accused knows or has reasonable cause to believe that another has committed TREASON.
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Those who conceal the commission of treason "shall be adjudged guilty of misprision of treason, and shall be imprisoned not exceeding seven years, and fined not exceeding one thousand dollars" (1 Stat.
Of sixteen grand jurors, seven voted to indict Wilkinson for misprision of treason (Wheelan 2005, 168).
In an earlier decision, the Court had held that the crime of misprision of treason as set forth in a federal statute defining and punishing certain acts committed on the high seas was "necessarily confined to any person or persons owing permanent or temporary allegiance to the United States.
In English common law, the separate offense of misprision of treason derived from the premise that a person who does not report that another is planning a treasonable offense should be deemed to be committing treason.
Note, however, that during the beginning of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Charles Pinckney proposed that only Congress should have the exclusive power to declare what should be treason and misprision of treason against the United States.
The Zambian government said yesterday that it would charge former president Kenneth Kaunda with misprision of treason on the grounds that he had concealed his part in last October's failed coup.