18 USC 241

Barb and I made it back home tonight and as I was going through my piles of email I found this gem from Alan Korwin, author of numerous books on gun laws:

18 USC 241. If two or more people conspire to injure, oppress, threaten or intimidate any person in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured under the Constitution or laws of the United States, they shall be fined, or imprisoned up to ten years, or both.

I wonder… Does firing someone from their job meet the legal definition of “injure” or “oppress”?¬† I’m not sure–but you can be certain I will be finding out soon.

2 thoughts on “18 USC 241

  1. Oh, this is particularly impressive, particularly when you think of the connotations.

    For example, any crime which can be punished by a prison sentence of more than 1 year is considered a felony. Any felony in any state, witnessed by a civilian, can be met by a citizen’s arrest.

    Jeez, if you had a lot of spare time, you could really have fun with this law.

    Oh, and getting fired almost certainly counts as an injury. You could also call the actions before you were fired to be intimidation; obviously they were trying to get you to act on your rights.

  2. Yeah… walking into their office and announcing they were under arrest would work really well. I’d rather it was Federal Marshals that did that. I’d enjoy being there to videotape it and put it on the web but that would be about the extent of the involvement I would want to engage in. Maybe send them postcards while they are in prison–I could see doing that…

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