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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 877                                             01/05/2009

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    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 41 - EXTORTION AND THREATS

HEAD

    Sec. 877. Mailing threatening communications from foreign country

STATUTE

      Whoever knowingly deposits in any post office or authorized
    depository for mail matter of any foreign country any communication
    addressed to any person within the United States, for the purpose
    of having such communication delivered by the post office
    establishment of such foreign country to the Postal Service and by
    it delivered to such addressee in the United States, and as a
    result thereof such communication is delivered by the post office
    establishment of such foreign country to the Postal Service and by
    it delivered to the address to which it is directed in the United
    States, and containing any demand or request for ransom or reward
    for the release of any kidnapped person, shall be fined under this
    title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
      Whoever, with intent to extort from any person any money or other
    thing of value, so deposits as aforesaid, any communication for the
    purpose aforesaid, containing any threat to kidnap any person or
    any threat to injure the person of the addressee or of another,
    shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty
    years, or both.
      Whoever knowingly so deposits as aforesaid, any communication,
    for the purpose aforesaid, containing any threat to kidnap any
    person or any threat to injure the person of the addressee or of
    another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more
    than five years, or both.
      Whoever, with intent to extort from any person any money or other
    thing of value, knowingly so deposits as aforesaid, any
    communication, for the purpose aforesaid, containing any threat to
    injure the property or reputation of the addressee or of another,
    or the reputation of a deceased person, or any threat to accuse the
    addressee or any other person of a crime, shall be fined under this
    title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 741; Pub. L. 91-375, Sec.
    6(j)(8), Aug. 12, 1970, 84 Stat. 777; Pub. L. 103-322, title
    XXXIII, Secs. 330016(1)(G), (H), (K), 330021(2), Sept. 13, 1994,
    108 Stat. 2147, 2150.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 338b (July 8, 1932, ch.
    464, Sec. 2, 47 Stat. 649; May 15, 1939, ch. 133, Sec. 1, 53 Stat.
    742).
      Reference to persons causing or procuring was omitted as
    unnecessary in view of definition of "principal" in section 2 of
    this title.
      Provisions as to district of trial were omitted as covered by
    sections 3237 and 3239 of this title.
                                AMENDMENTS
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330021(2), substituted "kidnapped"
    for "kidnaped" in first par.
      Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(K), substituted "fined under this
    title" for "fined not more than $5,000" in first and second pars.
      Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(H), substituted "fined under this
    title" for "fined not more than $1,000" in third par.
      Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(G), substituted "fined under this
    title" for "fined not more than $500" in fourth par.
      1970 - Pub. L. 91-375 substituted "Postal Service" for "Post
    Office Department of the United States" in two places in first par.
                     EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1970 AMENDMENT
      Amendment by Pub. L. 91-375 effective within 1 year after Aug.
    12, 1970, on date established therefor by Board of Governors of
    United States Postal Service and published by it in Federal
    Register, see section 15(a) of Pub. L. 91-375, set out as an
    Effective Date note preceding section 101 of Title 39, Postal
    Service.
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