false imprisonment


Definition of false imprisonment 

: imprisonment of a person contrary to law

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Nadine Pellegrino filed her case alleging false imprisonment and malicious prosecution after a 2006 conflict with TSA officers at the Philadelphia International Airport. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Court: TSA officers immune from most checkpoint lawsuits," 11 July 2018 The next day, Onfroy was arrested and later charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering -- pleading not guilty to all charges. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's Ex-Girlfriend Has Raised Almost $10,000 Via GoFundMe Since the Rapper's Death," 20 June 2018 Lester and Mooney remained in Washington County Jail on Wednesday, charged with rape and false imprisonment, according to jail records. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "After 'sex puppy' role playing rape arrest, he answered cops with a 'woof,' they say," 13 June 2018 Patterson, who turned herself in last week, is charged with three counts of terroristic threats and false imprisonment, according to WALB Channel 10. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Georgia doctor threatens to slit employees' throats: reports," 30 Apr. 2018 As to Conley, Puscian sued him for assault, battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 He was arrested on false imprisonment and battery charges in January, according to records. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'I do not negotiate whatsoever,' armed pub owner said, before being shot by SWAT officer: report," 10 July 2018 The couple has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing the Vallejo police department of defamation, false arrest and false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Calif. Woman Falsely Accused of Hoax 'Gone Girl' Kidnapping Says Real Abductor Didn't Act Alone," 23 Mar. 2018 Powell was also arrested for obstruction and two counts of false imprisonment charges, according to Fulton County jail records. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Atlanta attorney arrested, accused of forcing officers from Buckhead home," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of false imprisonment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of false imprisonment 

: the tort of intentionally restraining another by physical force or the threat of physical force without privilege or authority — see also false arrest at arrest

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