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Crimes Against the Government - Chapter Summary
For an overview of different crimes against the government, check out this collection of bite-sized lessons and quizzes. Using an engaging teaching style, our expert instructors walk you through the elements of perjury, treason, bribery, obstruction of justice, terrorism, espionage and more. After reviewing the lessons and taking their accompanying quizzes, try the chapter exam to reinforce your understanding of the material. These resources are available whenever you need them, and you can use any Internet-connected device to study. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize the punishment for treason
- Summarize the Sedition Act of 1798
- Define espionage and evaluate the Espionage Act of 1917
- Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the Patriot Act
- Analyze terrorism statistics
- Explain the debate surrounding due process rights for accused terrorists
- Assess laws related to perjury, bribery and obstruction of justice
1. Treason: Definition, Examples & Punishment
While it may have a few different definitions, treason is often defined as any act that helps a foreign country cause harm to a person's own country. Learn more about the definitions of treason and traitor, as well as how to prove treason. Then, read some famous examples of treason in history, and learn about common punishments for this crime.
2. Sedition Act of 1798: Definition & Summary
In this lesson, define the Sedition Act of 1798, learn about the historical events that led to its passage, and understand the important consequences it had on the First Amendment.
3. Espionage: Definition, History, Acts & Techniques
Espionage refers to the act of gathering confidential information through an agent or spy. Learn about the definition and history of espionage in the US, explore the Espionage Act of 1917, and discover common espionage acts and techniques.
4. Espionage Act of 1917: Definition & Summary
The Espionage Act of 1917 was an effort against subversion and dissent towards American involvement in World War I. Analyze the background, details, and both the intended and unexpected effects of this act.
5. What Is the Patriot Act? - Definition, Summary, Pros & Cons
The Patriot Act emerged after the 9/11 terrorist attacks as legislation intended to combat terrorism. Explore the definition, summary, and pros and cons of the Patriot Act, and discover how libraries were impacted by this law.
6. What Is Terrorism? - Definition, History, Types & Statistics
Terrorism is the use of violence, force, or intimidation to promote an organization's goals. Learn to define terrorism, then explore its types, history, and statistics.
7. What is Cyber Terrorism? - Definition, Cases & Examples
Cyber terrorism occurs when the Internet is used to commit crimes that lead to violence. Explore the definition, cases, examples, and consequences of cyber terrorism to understand methods of cyber terrorism and the harm it can cause.
8. Domestic Terrorism: Definition, History, Types & Examples
Domestic terrorism involves violent acts perpetrated by terrorists against public property or spaces, meant to cause fear, in their own country. Explore the definition and history of domestic terrorism, including the various threats, types, and examples.
9. The Debate Over Due Process Rights for Accused Terrorists
International terrorism has become an enormous and elusive global concern. It is an issue that must be handled with consideration for the rights of the accused, but also for the security of civilians. This lesson will examine this delicate balance.
10. What is Perjury? - Definition, Penalty & Example
Perjury is the act of intentionally telling untrue statements under oath while testifying in court. Look into the definition and examples of perjury and discover the penalties for this offense.
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Other chapters within the Advanced Criminal Law course
- Introduction to Advanced Criminal Law
- Overview of the U.S. Legal System
- Jurisdiction & Evidence Within the U.S. Legal System
- The Bill of Rights & Constitutional Protections
- Elements of a Crime
- Types of Criminal Defenses
- Parties to Crime & Inchoate Offenses
- Criminal Homicide & Murder
- Sexual Offenses
- Crimes Involving Force & Fear
- Crimes Against Property
- Crimes Against the Public