[USC02] 18 USC 2382: Misprision of treason
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18 USC 2382: Misprision of treason Text contains those laws in effect on January 23, 2000

§2382. Misprision of treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807 ; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147 .)

Historical and Revision Notes

Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., §3 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch. 321, §3, 35 Stat. 1088 ).

Mandatory punishment provision was rephrased in the alternative.


1994-Pub. L. 103–322 substituted "fined under this title" for "fined not more than $1,000".

Canal Zone

Applicability of section to Canal Zone, see section 14 of this title.

Cross References

Federal retirement benefits, forfeiture upon conviction of offenses under this section, see section 8312 of Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.

Forfeiture of veterans' benefits upon conviction under this section, see section 6105 of Title 38, Veterans' Benefits.

Misprision of felony, see section 4 of this title.

Section Referred to in Other Sections

This section is referred to in section 14 of this title; title 5 section 8312; title 8 section 1101; title 38 section 6105; title 50 App. section 34.