Watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for the second time yesterday, I was struck by how Graves was able to quickly sentence Tina and Newt to death without a real trial, with no jury, and with no chance for appeal, and also able to order that the sentence be carried out immediately. For a government that seems roughly parallel to the US no-maj government (though only to a certain point), it seems strange that such basic defendant rights be non-existent. Is the MACUSA really such an illiberal government?
One may argue that Graves was bending or even breaking the law in the manner of sentencing and carrying it out (he certainly has ulterior motives), but there were also two assistants who were more than willing to accept the sentence and see it carried out. Unless these two witches had loyalties to Graves independent of their loyalties to MACUSA, it seems that by their actions they were accepting the course of events as legal and even normal.