Federal And State Crimes – What Are They And How Can You Differentiate Between Them?

Probably everyone has heard about federal and state crimes but the majority of people doesn’t differentiate them. Let’s make it clear and define both of the terms.


Federal crime is an illegal act that is made against U.S. federal legislation and is prosecuted by federal criminal law. Federal crimes are investigated by:

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

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When federal cases go to trial they are prosecuted by United States Attorney in each judicial district in accordance with already established laws. Federal crimes can range from illegally downloading songs from Internet to RICO, drug trafficking, corruption or immigration crimes.

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John Lennon’s killer to face parole

According to a recent BBC article entitled: John Lennon’s killer set for seventh parole hearingMark David Chapman, now 57, is in charge of murder of John Lennon. The Beatles singer’s killer was jailed for 20 years to life after he was pronounced guilty of shooting Lennon outside his New York apartment in 1980.

Since 2000 he has come up for parole every two years but has been rejected each time. In 2010, officials said his release remained “inappropriate”.

Later this week, Chapman faces the parole again. The interviews with the parole board will take place at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Alden, New York, where he is currently held.

Yoko Ono, Lennon’s wife, is one of the people who induced New York state officials to keep him in prison. She said she was afraid for her own life and the lives of her two sons.

After being imprisoned for 30 years, Chapman understood that he had acted terribly. He has even undergone a religious conversion while in prison. In September 2010, he told the parole board “by killing John Lennon I would become somebody”. “I was thinking clearly, I made a horrible decision to end another human being’s life, for reasons of selfishness. I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody and instead of that I became a murderer and murderers are not somebodies,” he said.

However, the board denied parole at the time saying “This premeditated, senseless and selfish act of tragic consequence… leads to the conclusion that your discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community.”