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Color of law crimes generally constitute crimes wherein government employees abuse their authority or deprive a person’s rights under “color” or *appearance* of law:
- Deprivation of rights under color of law 18 U.S.C. § 242 – using a “statute”, “policy”, “ordinance”, or “code” (etc.) to violate a person’s rights using the appearance of law.
- false arrest, false imprisonment – restraint, arrest, and/or imprisonment made without a valid warrant, or without probable cause to believe the person has committed a crime.
- extortion – the unlawful taking, by an officer,, by color of his office, of any money or thing of value not due to him, or taking more than is due, or taking it before it is due.
- perjury and false swearing – lying under Oath of Office, in an Affidavit, in a judicial proceeding or administrative proceeding, or to an insurer.
- bribery – the corrupt payment, receipt, or solicitation of anything of value with intent to influence the action of a public official.
ii. Crimes Committed by Two or More Persons
(often applicable to color of law crimes):
conspiracy – two or more persons operating in tandem, directly or indirectly, to perform an criminal act using lawful means, or a lawful objective using criminal means. — aka criminal conspiracy.
- Conspiracy against rights 18 U.S.C. § 241
- Conspiracy to Interfere with civil rights 42 U.S.C. § 1985 – 2 or more persons depriving rights.
racketeering – a pattern of illegal activity (i.e. bribery, extortion, fraud, murder) carried out as part of an enterprise owned or controlled by the conspirators.
- RICO Laws (18 USCA §§ 1961-196) – criminalizes racketeering that affects interstate commerce or persons or businesses engaged in interstate commerce.
18 U.S.C. § 2 Aiding & Abetting – knowingly & willingly assisting a crime.
iii. Additional Crimes:
environmental crimes – statutory offenses involving harm to air, water, or soil quality, or the harming of endangered species.
homicide – the killing of a human being by another, under any circumstances.
- murder – the killing of a human being with malice aforethought.
- manslaughter – the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought.
obstruction of justice – impeding or hindering the administration of justice in any way (i.e. fabricating or destroying evidence, witness-tampering, or threatening or intimidating a judge, bribing a juror). — aka obstructing justice; obstructing public justice; perverting the course of justice; interfering with the administration of justice; obstructing the administration of justice; obstructing the course of justice; defeating the due course of justice; defeating the ends of justice; attempting to pervert the course of justice.
racketeering – a pattern of illegal activity (i.e. bribery, extortion, fraud, murder) carried out as part of an enterprise (i.e. crime syndicate) that is owned or controlled by the conspirators.
treason – attempting to overthrow one’s state or the United States, either by making or inciting war against the government or by materially supporting its enemies.
trespass – a misfeasance, transgression, or offense which damages another’s person, health, reputation, or property.
- burglary – breaking and entering any building with the intent to commit a felony (i.e. larceny, murder).
subversion – the process of overthrowing, destroying, or corrupting the government, often by infiltrating the government to undermine domestic policy.
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