Zone of Death: There is no legislation preventing people from being charged with serious crimes

The Yellowstone National Park is very well known in the United States. It is called the Zone of death as well as a result of any criminal getting away with any crime. It seems weird but it is surprisingly recognized as legal no man’s land.

This place is a deserted one. It is devoid of roads or any permanent human inhabitants. Besides, there is no legislation preventing people from being charged with serious crimes. That place is a loophole and this loophole has to do with the Sixth Amendment of the nation.

It commands that a jury must consist of people from the state and federal district where the crime was committed. Basically this area of Yellowstone is in Idaho and the park itself lies within the jurisdiction of Wyoming, hence underlining that a crime committed there would require people living both in Idaho and Wyoming’s federal jurisdiction to testify. Since this place is federal land, the individual states which are involved clearly have no legal jurisdiction to improve the issue.

In 2005, Brian Kalt, a law professor at Michigan State University, drew the legal procedures that place this theoretically murderous geographic anomaly on the map. Copies of his work were sent to several government authorities before it was printed. He had hoped that the loophole would be closed, but in vain. That place was, on the contrary, dubbed as “Zone of Death”.

Kalt further adds that “The loophole looms, waiting for a murderer to exploit it. I feel like I’ve done what I can to prevent this; the blood will be on the government’s hands.”

More facts about The Yellowstone National Park

1.     Yellowstone covers 3,472 square miles (2,221,766 acres) which makes it larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

2.     There are more than 10,000 hydrothermal features in Yellowstone. The four types of thermal features are geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles.

3.     Yellowstone hosts more than 500 active geysers (more than half the world’s geysers).

4.     It has 131.7 sq. miles of surface area and 141 miles of shoreline. It is the largest high elevation lake in North America.

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