What punishment would Anakin have faced if the Jedi Council had found out he slaughtered the village of Sand People?

The question says it all. Padme was no snitch. Yoda shrugged off Qui-Gon's Force Ghost screams. Obi-Wan apparently has no connection through the force to his Padawan. The entire Jedi Council is oblivious. What say you? Would he have been executed? Expelled from the order? Locked in a Jedi prison? High Fived?

  • When Ahsoka was framed for the Temple bombing, she was expelled from the order. I'd assume the same thing would have happened to Anakin...no evidence, just assumption, that's why I post it as comment.
    – tilley31
    Apr 25, 2016 at 23:30
  • @tilley31 Did a large number of Sand People die in the bombing? Apr 25, 2016 at 23:58
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    @SJuan76 I believe I have heard on here before that the reason Asoka was tried by Palpatine and Tarkin was that a Jedi trial would be biased. This leads me to believe they do have trials and punishment to hold an astray Jedi accountable. Apr 26, 2016 at 0:26
  • @SJuan76 They could conceivably court-martial him once they became generals.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Apr 26, 2016 at 0:38
  • Palpatine being involved in anything though should immediately cast doubt as to whether or not it is part of his overall plan to a) turn Anakin b) take over the galaxy
    – NKCampbell
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:03

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The penalty for disobeying a direct order from the Council, the penalty for having a secret marriage, the penalty for having a secret child all seem to be the same: Expulsion from the Jedi Order. I think we can reasonably say that murdering dozens of sentients would carry much the same punishment.

As to whether Anakin would face further censure, either from the Jedi or the civil authorities, the answer is a solid no. The Sandpeople aren't considered to be "people" on Tatooine (killing them isn't actually a crime) and the fact that he killed them while in a compulsive rage would act in his favour in terms of a "temporary insanity" plea. Even assuming you could convince the authorities on Coruscant to prosecute someone for something that's not a (local) crime, his mentor, the Chancellor has the Senate and the Judiciary tucked away in his top pocket and would prevent Anakin from facing criminal justice.

So, expulsion.


In addition to the repercussions mentioned by Valorum there is something else there one needs to consider. Even though the Republic does not see the Sand People as people, the Jedi are different there as they are still living beings.

That said, there is a great likelihood that a different punishment would be dished out. Similar to what was done to Barriss Offee. Jedi who fall to the Dark Side also not only get expelled but in some cases get imprisoned so that they can't do much more damage. This was mentioned in the Clone Wars at least once that there are even Jedi prisons.

Thus with Anakin's great skill there is also a not-so-low probability that he would, instead of being expelled, have been thrown into that prison in the hopes of having him do not more damage or even healing him and bringing him back to the Light.

  • Citadel Station was a Jedi prison that ended up falling into separatist hands.
    – Ellesedil
    Apr 26, 2016 at 17:21
  • @Ellesedil - Citadel Station seems to be a prison for Jedi who've actually turned to the dark side, not those who've erred. You can still have a +1 though.
    – Valorum
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:28
  • @Richard I would count slaughtering a whole village as a dark side act though and not necessarily as an error. Jeid are very flexible on when they say that someone has fallen or not
    – Thomas
    Apr 26, 2016 at 18:37
  • @Thomas I agree. I think his punishment would have been more severe than expulsion from the order. Apr 27, 2016 at 0:09

Given how the Jedi philosophy is all about peace and harmony, I think there is only one penalty for grievous crimes - being kicked out.

My impression as well is that there are no real 'federal' laws in the Republic, and everything is based on local / planetary law. The laws of Tatooine would then apply.


While I agree with the answer Thomas gave, another one to consider, since the Jedi won't execute him, is the ability "Sever Force" on Anakin. Not sure if there are any Jedi remaining during those times that would even know this ability, let alone one skilled enough in it to perform it on someone as powerful in the force as Anakin.

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    This ability only seems to exist (as a compulsive action) on Legends
    – Valorum
    Jul 26, 2019 at 21:48

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