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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 1702                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 83 - POSTAL SERVICE

HEAD

    Sec. 1702. Obstruction of correspondence

STATUTE

      Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post
    office or any authorized depository for mail matter, or from any
    letter or mail carrier, or which has been in any post office or
    authorized depository, or in the custody of any letter or mail
    carrier, before it has been delivered to the person to whom it was
    directed, with design to obstruct the correspondence, or to pry
    into the business or secrets of another, or opens, secretes,
    embezzles, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or
    imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 778; Pub. L. 103-322, title
    XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(I), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 317 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
    321, Sec. 194, 35 Stat. 1125; Feb. 25, 1925, ch. 318, 43 Stat. 977;
    Aug. 26, 1935, ch. 693, 49 Stat. 867; Aug. 7, 1939, ch. 557, 53
    Stat. 1256).
      Section 317 of said title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., was incorporated
    in this and section 1708 of this title.
      Minor changes were made in phraseology.
                                AMENDMENTS
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
    "fined not more than $2,000".
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