John Sevier, then governor of the state of Franklin and later the first governor of the state of Tennessee, was charged with treason against the state of North Carolina in October 1788. After being transported to North Carolina, he was released. The charges were never laid in court.  The terms used in the definition come from the English legal tradition, in particular the Treason Act 1351. War means the gathering of armed people to overthrow the government or defy its laws. The enemies are the subjects of a foreign government openly hostile to the United States.  Betrayal does not distinguish between participants and props; All persons who rebel or intentionally support hostilities are liable to the same charges.  The American definition is narrower than that of English law, which included other categories of treason, such as falsification and humiliation of the king.  How interesting would it be for charges to be laid against these false accusers when every TNM person has been falsely accused of the crimes of treason and sedition? A conviction for high treason also results in the loss of the right to vote for life without the possibility of electoral recovery.  The words “any person so convicted of high treason” were omitted because they were superfluous. After escaping from prison for treason to Missouri and fleeing to Illinois, Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith were charged with treason in Illinois, which was a capital crime at the time.
Augustine Spencer swore an arrest warrant alleging that the Smith brothers had committed treason by “calling on the legion to resist force under the command of the governor.” On June 24, 1844, a warrant for arrest was issued alleging that “Joseph Smith, who had died outside the county, did so on or about the nineteenth day of June. A.D. 1844, in the aforementioned county and state, you commit the crime of treason against the government and people of the State of Illinois. (Ludlow, pp. 1346–1348) Thomas Wilson Dorr was convicted of treason against Rhode Island in 1844 for leading a rebellion against the state government and sentenced to life in prison.  Dorr served twelve months of his sentence. He was released in 1845 after the Rhode Island legislature passed a general amnesty bill. In January 1854, the legislature passed a bill overturning the decision of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  Definition: The state constitution and Washington law define treason in the same way as the U.S. Constitution, except that clinging to enemies and giving aid are different forms of treason, not elements of a single form.
  Treason is the only crime defined in the United States Constitution (Art. 3, para. 3). The Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Texas (Art. 1, § 22) define treason as follows: “consists only in waging war. or . Enemies who bring them help and comfort. The gravity of this crime is clearly demonstrated in its codified sentence – the death penalty. Joseph Smith and five others were charged with treason at Missouris in 1838 and spent more than five months in prison, but escaped pending trial.
 Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith were later charged with treason against Illinois (above) In addition, 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states that a person guilty of treason against the United States “shall face the death penalty or not less than five years` imprisonment and shall be fined under this title, but not less than $10,000; and is unable to hold office under the United States.” Definition: In Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, treason is expressly limited to waging war against the United States or remaining loyal to and reassuring one`s enemies.  Penalty: 15 to 40 years in prison or life imprisonment and a fine of $100,000. Although treason has no criminal law in New York, it is punished as an A-1 class felony.  Whether opponents of TEXIT realize this or not, when they accuse TEXIT supporters of “treason” or “sedition,” they are accusing them of committing a crime, and this is classic defamation in itself. The opponents then retreated and responded with the accusation of sedition. However, their incomprehension is once again apparent. According to the definition, efforts to stir up discontent or bring about change must be made “by means other than legal” for riots to occur. The TNM has and does not support any means of achieving Texas independence except through legal means. The Texas Constitution recognizes the “inalienable right” of Texans “to modify, reform or abolish their government as they see fit” (Art.
1, para. 2). One cannot logically or legally be charged with treason or incitement to hatred in the exercise of rights recognized and contained in the codified law. Although treason is a criminal matter under federal and state laws, it can be considered a civil matter under tribal law.  The U.S. federal government recognizes tribal nations as “national dependent nations.” Tribal sovereignty is a parallel form of sovereignty within the U.S. constitutional framework that is limited by, but not subordinate, to other sovereign entities.  The Indian Civil Rights Act limits penalties for tribal court crimes to a maximum of one year in prison and a $5,000 fine.
 A popular tactic of TEXIT opponents is to hurl accusations of “treason” and “sedition” at TEXIT supporters without understanding what these words mean. Perhaps they should refresh the meaning of another word – slander. After defamation itself, this makes someone a slanderer to make a clear accusation of crimes against another person. These journalists, pundits and politicians – the serious group that they are – seem poised to expose themselves to legal liability when they falsely claim that those who support a Texas independence vote are guilty of treason or sedition. According to Bentley v. Bunton, 94 p.w.3d 561 (Tex. 2002), if defamation is in itself, the plaintiff is entitled to “general damages, including damages for damage to reputation and mental distress.” In the United States, there are federal and state laws that prohibit treason.  Treason is defined at the federal level in Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution as: “only by waging war against [the United States] or by joining and giving them aid and comfort.” Most state constitutions contain similar definitions of treason, which are specifically limited to war against the state, “clinging to enemies” of the state, or supporting enemies of the state, and requiring two witnesses or a confession in court.  Fewer than 30 people have ever been charged with treason under these laws.
 Constitutionally, U.S. citizens owe allegiance to at least two government entities: the United States of America and their state of legal residence. They can therefore potentially commit the betrayal of one or the other or both.  At least 14 people have been charged with high treason against various states; At least six were convicted, five of them executed. Only two charges of treason against a state have been brought in the United States: one against Thomas Dorr and the other after John Brown`s conspiracy. There has often been debate, both legally and politically, whether States should punish treason.  Now treason and sedition have been committed against supporters of Texas Independence (#TEXIT). The Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) has never advocated war on the United States. The TNM has not and will not offer any help or comfort to enemies. Therefore, no act of treason has been and will not be committed. Definition: To wage war or conspire to wage war on the state, or to confine oneself to the enemy.
This definition in Title 13, Chapter 75, § 3401 of the Vermont Statute reflects the definition in the United States Constitution. Definition: Arkansas law defines treason in the same way as the U.S. Constitution, limiting it to “war against the state” or “aid and comfort” for enemies of the state. Similarly, the conviction requires the testimony of two witnesses of the same public act or confession in open court.  No one was executed by the federal government under the constitution for high treason. The small handful of people convicted of the offense at the federal level – such as two whiskey rebellion activists (John Mitchell and Philip Weigel, both pardoned by President George Washington) and several people after World War II – were largely pardoned or released.  The charge of incitement to hatred is another defined criminal offence.