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8. Crimes Committed Within The Special Maritime Jurisdiction Of The U.S. (18 U.S.C. 7, 113, 114, 1111, 1112, 1201, 2031, 2111)

The "special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States" has been expanded to include any place outside the jurisdiction of any nation when the offense is committed by or against a national of the United States (see 18 U.S.C. § 7(7)). Among the offenses within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States are the crimes of murder, manslaughter, maiming, kidnapping, rape, assault, and robbery. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 7(1) there is also jurisdiction over such offenses when they are committed on the high seas or any other waters within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States that is out of the jurisdiction of any particular state. See JM 9-20.000 et seq. (Maritime, Territorial and Indian Jurisdiction).

Updated September 19, 2018