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CRM 1500-1999

1834. Harboring -- 18 USC 1071 -- No Justification Defense

Similarly, the courts have refused to recognize a defense to a harboring prosecution that the defendant believed that the government's charges were false or a product of government harassment. See, e.g., United States v. Bissonette, 586 F.2d 73, 78 (8th Cir. 1978); United States v. Forrest, 356 F. Supp. 343, 344 (W.D.Mich. 1973) ("An alleged wrongdoer is not justified in fleeing from the authorities because he believes himself to be innocent, nor would his friends be justified in knowingly concealing him").