Title 18 §241. Conspiracy against rights

Definition of  CONSPIRACY:

Criminal law. combination or confederacy between two or more persons formed for the purpose of committing, by their joint efforts, some unlawful or criminal act, or some act which is innocent in itself, but becomes unlawful when done by the concerted action of the conspirators, or for the purpose of using criminal or unlawful means to the commission of an act not in itself unlawful.  Conspiracy is a consultation or agreement between two or more persons, either falsely to accuse another of a crime punishable by law; or wrongfully to injure or prejudice a third person, or any body of men, in any manner; or to commit any offense punishable by law; or to do any act with intent to prevent the course of justice; or to affect a legal purpose with a corrupt intent, or by improper means.”[1]

U.S. Code Title 18 – PART I – CHAPTER 13

§241. Conspiracy against rights

     If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

     If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—

      They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.“[1]


[1]: “Conspiracy” on Black’s Law Dictionary Second Ed.:  http://thelawdictionary.org/conspiracy/

[2]: Government Publishing Office, “United States Code Title 18 – CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – PART I – CRIMES
CHAPTER 13 – CIVIL RIGHTS – Sec. 241 – Conspiracy against rights”: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/html/USCODE-2011-title18-partI-chap13-sec241.htm


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