18 U.S.C. § 879 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure § 879. Threats against former Presidents and certain other persons




 Whoever knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon--

 a former President or a member of the immediate family of a former President;

 a member of the immediate family of the President, the President-elect, the Vice President, or the Vice President-elect;

 a major candidate for the office of President or Vice President, or a member of the immediate family of such candidate;  or

 a person protected by the Secret Service under section 3056(a)(6);

shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

 As used in this section--

 the term “immediate family” means--

 with respect to subsection (a) (1) of this section, the wife of a former President during his lifetime, the widow of a former President until her death or remarriage, and minor children of a former President until they reach sixteen years of age;  and

 with respect to subsection (a)(2) and (a)(3) of this section, a person to whom the President, President-elect, Vice President, Vice President-elect, or major candidate for the office of President or Vice President--

 is related by blood, marriage, or adoption;  or

 stands in loco parentis;

 the term “major candidate for the office of President or Vice President” means a candidate referred to in subsection (a)(7) of section 3056 of this title;  and

 the terms “President-elect” and “Vice President-elect” have the meanings given those terms in section 871(b) of this title.


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