Yellowstone National Park - the first national park in the United States - was established in the late 19th century in secluded portions of the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, and has since become one of the most iconic parks in the world. But while attractions like Yellowstone's flora, fauna, and volcanic activity bring in millions of visitors annually, the park also holds a few secrets, including the menacingly named "Zone of Death" in a small portion of the park in Idaho, where someone could technically get away with murder due to a legal loophole.
The uninhabited 50-square mile "Zone of Death" was discovered by Michigan State University law professor Brian Kalt in 2004, when Kalt learned that a person could commit a crime and get away with it due to strange jurisdictional boundaries. To put it into layman's terms, there simply aren't any people living in that specific area to fill a jury to try someone who was charged with murder. Under the Sixth Amendment, those involved in criminal prosecutions are awarded the right to a trial with a jury of those who live in the district where the crime was committed. So, no people for a jury means a constitutional violation of the accused rights. However, this loophole only works for serious offenses like murder that would require a jury trial, and crimes such as petty theft or trespassing, which can be fineable offenses, could still be prosecuted.
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