Terrorism to be Capital Offense in Mississippi

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Mississippi will add terrorism to the list of crimes that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed.

Gov. Phil Bryant's spokesman says the governor intends to sign Senate Bill 2223, which will become law July 1.

The bill defines terrorism as an act committed to influence government by intimidation, coercion, mass destruction or assassination, or to intimidate or coerce civilians.

It specifies that such intimidation or coercion would not include "peaceful picketing, boycotts or other nonviolent action."

The bill's sponsor is Republican Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville.