Conspiracy to deprive Civil Rights
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There are many Federal Laws that punish those
who conspire against someone Constitutionally-protected rights:
42 U.S.C. § 1985(3) - Depriving persons of
rights or privileges
If two or more persons conspire...for the purpose of depriving,
directly or indirectly, any person ... of the equal protection of
or of equal privileges and immunities under the laws...in any case
conspiracy set forth in this section, if one or more persons engaged
do, or cause to be done, any act in furtherance of the object of
conspiracy, whereby another is injured in his person or property, or
of having and exercising any right or privilege of a citizen of the
States, the party so injured or deprived may have an action for the
of damages occasioned by such injury or deprivation, against any one
of the conspirators.
42 U.S.C. § 1983 - Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights
Action at law, suit in equity, or proceeding for redress, may be
against every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance,
custom, or usage, causes any citizen to be subjected to the
any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution.
42 U.S.C. § 241 - Conspiracy Against Rights
Provides severe penalties for conspiracy to injure another in their
exercise of rights secured by the Constitution.
42 U.S.C. § 242 - Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law
Provides severe penalties for anyone, who, under color of law,
statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom subjects another to the
deprivation of rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the
18 U.S.C. § 241
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 a crime.
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