obstruction of justice

ob·​struc·​tion of justice | \ əb-ˈstrək-shən- \

Legal Definition of obstruction of justice

: the crime or act of willfully interfering with the process of justice and law especially by influencing, threatening, harming, or impeding a witness, potential witness, juror, or judicial or legal officer or by furnishing false information in or otherwise impeding an investigation or legal process the defendant's obstruction of justice led to a more severe sentence

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“Obstruction of justice.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/obstruction%20of%20justice. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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