Color of law

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MeMelYup
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Color of law

Postby MeMelYup » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:34 pm

What exactly is color of law?
18 USC 242 outlaws violation of someone’s rights under color of any law
Please explain so my dense mind can comprehend?

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Re: Color of law

Postby TexasJohnBoy » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:47 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_(law)

In United States law, the term color of law denotes the "mere semblance of legal right", the "pretense or appearance of" right; hence, an action done under color of law colors (adjusts) the law to the circumstance, yet said apparently legal action contravenes the law.[1] Under color of authority is a legal phrase used in the US[2] indicating that a person is claiming or implying the acts he or she is committing are related to and legitimized by his or her role as an agent of governmental power, especially if the acts are unlawful.


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Re: Color of law

Postby Aunt Eva » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:54 pm

TexasJohnBoy wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_(law)

In United States law, the term color of law denotes the "mere semblance of legal right", the "pretense or appearance of" right; hence, an action done under color of law colors (adjusts) the law to the circumstance, yet said apparently legal action contravenes the law.[1] Under color of authority is a legal phrase used in the US[2] indicating that a person is claiming or implying the acts he or she is committing are related to and legitimized by his or her role as an agent of governmental power, especially if the acts are unlawful.


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Like when the police enforce laws against carrying a gun when the constitution says they can't infringe the right to bear arms.


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Re: Color of law

Postby MeMelYup » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:21 pm

Something like an officer searches your car because his badge gives him the right?


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