CONSPIRACY AGAINST RIGHTS
Section 241 of Title 18 is the civil rights conspiracy
statute. Section 241 makes it unlawful for two or more persons
to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in
any state, territory or district in the free exercise or
enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the
Constitution or the laws of the Unites States, (or because of
his/her having exercised the same). Unlike most conspiracy
statutes, Section 241 does not require that one of the
conspirators commit an overt act prior to the conspiracy becoming
The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a
life term or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances
of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.
TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 241
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;...
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.
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