misprision of treason

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Misprision of treason is a legal term used to describe the act of concealing or failing to report knowledge of treasonous activities.

Treason is a serious crime that involves acts of betrayal against one’s own country, such as attempting to overthrow the government, levying war against the state, or providing aid and comfort to enemies of the state.

Misprision of treason occurs when someone has knowledge of such activities and fails to report it to the authorities or actively conceals it. Like misprision of felony, misprision of treason is considered a crime in itself. It can result in legal penalties, such as fines or imprisonment, depending on the jurisdiction and the severity of the offense.

The rationale behind misprision of treason is to ensure that individuals who have knowledge of activities that threaten the security and stability of the state cannot keep that information secret and that they are held accountable for their failure to report it to authorities.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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