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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
Treason is one of the highest crimes you can commit, yet ask anyone what it is and how it's defined, and you will most likely receive a multitude of responses. The reasons, definitions, and consequences will be discussed here.
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
We've all heard the term espionage, but do we really know what it is? This lesson not only defines espionage, but also discusses the history of espionage and looks at some of the many techniques of espionage.
4. Espionage Act of 1917: Definition & Summary
As America entered World War I, the Espionage Act of 1917 empowered the government to crush dissent and imprison outspoken pacifists. Learn about this act and test yourself with a quiz.
5. What Is the Patriot Act? - Definition, Summary, Pros & Cons
Learn about the U.S. Patriot Act in this lesson. Review a summary of the Patriot Act and the key components of the law. Examine the pros and cons of the act to gain a thorough understanding of the law.
6. What Is Terrorism? - Definition, History, Types & Statistics
In this lesson, learn what constitutes terrorism. Review the definition, examine the history, and explore the types of terrorism that exist in the world today. You will also take a look at 2013 statistics to see how terrorist attacks are occurring across the globe.
7. 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.
8. What is Perjury? - Definition, Penalty & Example
After you complete this lesson, you will understand what constitutes perjury. You will also review the penalties for committing perjury, as well as some examples of perjury.
9. What Is Bribery? - Definition, Laws & Examples
Learn what constitutes bribery. Examine laws of bribery and analyze several examples. Once you read the lesson, you should have a thorough understanding of bribery.
10. What is Obstruction of Justice? - Definition, Punishment & Examples
This lesson will give you an understanding of the crime of obstruction of justice. You will learn the definition, understand the punishment for the crime, and read examples from a law enforcement perspective as well as a judicial perspective.
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Other chapters within the Criminal Justice 307: Advanced Criminal Law course
- Introduction to Advanced Criminal Law
- The U.S. Legal System, Jurisdiction & Evidence
- 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