false imprisonment

noun

Definition of false imprisonment

: imprisonment of a person contrary to law

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At the time, Parnell was convicted for kidnapping and false imprisonment. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Cary Stayner's Murders and His Brother Steven's Legacy," 25 Jan. 2019 Now, McMillan is suing Fritz, 43, and the small town that hired him, accusing him of abusing his police authority, as well as false imprisonment and emotional distress. Tom Jackman, chicagotribune.com, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 Now, McMillan is suing Fritz, 43, and the small town that hired him, accusing him of abusing his police authority, as well as false imprisonment and emotional distress. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 The appeal focused on whether the Federal Tort Claims Act exempted the workers from claims of false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Court: TSA officers immune from most checkpoint lawsuits," 11 July 2018 Tharien Graham, 20, faces charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and battery. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Man forced woman into car during fight in UCF parking garage, police say," 5 Apr. 2018 On Monday they were charged with reckless endangerment, child neglect and false imprisonment, Monroe County authorities said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Wisconsin couple kept their children in makeshift cages, police say," 30 Aug. 2018 He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant victim, domestic violence by strangulation and false imprisonment. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Slain rapper XXXTentacion gets sendoff at memorial in Florida hockey arena," 27 June 2018 Police plan to book the suspect at the St. Tammany Parish Jail with second degree battery, false imprisonment, resisting a police with force or violence, and attempted first degree murder of a police officer. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Man arrested on attempted murder charges in Mandeville, after standoff with police," 20 Jan. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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false imprisonment

noun

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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