PETITE TREASON

By Bob Katzen

Sen. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) filed a bill that would repeal the current archaic law that provides that “petite treason” be prosecuted and punished as murder.

Petite treason dates back to the 1700s and 1800s and is the crime of a subordinate killing a superior including a servant or slave killing his “master.” “Such archaic and racist laws, even if no longer enforced, have no place in Massachusetts General Laws, and this bill has been filed to remove this language,” said DiDomenico.

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