Sedition Act

August 2017
Sedition Act;8/1/2017, p1
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The article presents the text of the Sedition Act passed July 14, 1798. The first section of the act says that, as enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, any persons who conspire to oppose any measure of the U.S. government directed by proper authority, impede the operation of any U.S. law, threaten or prevent any official from performing their duty, or attempt to cause an insurrection, riot, or unlawful assembly, shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor and be punished by a fine of up to five thousand dollars and a prison sentence between six months and five years. Section two of the act defines the law against false, scandalous and malicious writing against the United States government and the consequences for violation.


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