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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 1503                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 73 - OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

HEAD

    Sec. 1503. Influencing or injuring officer or juror generally

STATUTE

      (a) Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any
    threatening letter or communication, endeavors to influence,
    intimidate, or impede any grand or petit juror, or officer in or of
    any court of the United States, or officer who may be serving at
    any examination or other proceeding before any United States
    magistrate judge or other committing magistrate, in the discharge
    of his duty, or injures any such grand or petit juror in his person
    or property on account of any verdict or indictment assented to by
    him, or on account of his being or having been such juror, or
    injures any such officer, magistrate judge, or other committing
    magistrate in his person or property on account of the performance
    of his official duties, or corruptly or by threats or force, or by
    any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or
    impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due
    administration of justice, shall be punished as provided in
    subsection (b). If the offense under this section occurs in
    connection with a trial of a criminal case, and the act in
    violation of this section involves the threat of physical force or
    physical force, the maximum term of imprisonment which may be
    imposed for the offense shall be the higher of that otherwise
    provided by law or the maximum term that could have been imposed
    for any offense charged in such case.
      (b) The punishment for an offense under this section is -
        (1) in the case of a killing, the punishment provided in
      sections 1111 and 1112;
        (2) in the case of an attempted killing, or a case in which the
      offense was committed against a petit juror and in which a class
      A or B felony was charged, imprisonment for not more than 20
      years, a fine under this title, or both; and
        (3) in any other case, imprisonment for not more than 10 years,
      a fine under this title, or both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 769; Pub. L. 97-291, Sec. 4(c),
    Oct. 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 1253; Pub. L. 103-322, title VI, Sec.
    60016, title XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(K), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat.
    1974, 2147; Pub. L. 104-214, Sec. 1(3), Oct. 1, 1996, 110 Stat.
    3017.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 241 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
    321, Sec. 135, 35 Stat. 1113; June 8, 1945, ch. 178, Sec. 1, 59
    Stat. 234).
      The phrase "other committing magistrate" was substituted for
    "officer acting as such commissioner" in order to clarify meaning.
      Minor changes were made in phraseology.
                                AMENDMENTS
      1996 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104-214 inserted at end "If the
    offense under this section occurs in connection with a trial of a
    criminal case, and the act in violation of this section involves
    the threat of physical force or physical force, the maximum term of
    imprisonment which may be imposed for the offense shall be the
    higher of that otherwise provided by law or the maximum term that
    could have been imposed for any offense charged in such case."
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(K), which directed the
    substitution of "fined under this title" for "fined not more than
    $5,000", could not be executed because the words "fined not more
    than $5,000" did not appear in text subsequent to amendment by Pub.
    L. 103-322, Sec. 60016. See below.
      Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 60016, designated existing provisions as
    subsec. (a), substituted "magistrate judge" for "commissioner" in
    two places and "punished as provided in subsection (b)" for "fined
    not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or
    both", and added subsec. (b).
      1982 - Pub. L. 97-291, Sec. 4(c)(1), substituted "or juror" for
    ", juror or witness" after "officer" in section catchline.
      Pub. L. 97-291, Sec. 4(c)(2), (3), substituted in text "grand"
    for "witness, in any court of the United States or before any
    United States commissioner or other committing magistrate, or any
    grand" after "or impede any", and struck out "injures any party or
    witness in his person or property on account of his attending or
    having attended such court or examination before such officer,
    commissioner, or other committing magistrate, or on account of his
    testifying or having testified to any matter pending therein, or"
    after "discharge of his duty, or".
                     EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1982 AMENDMENT
      Amendment by Pub. L. 97-291 effective Oct. 12, 1982, see section
    9(a) of Pub. L. 97-291, set out as an Effective Date note under
    section 1512 of this title.
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