2007 Regular Session
To: Judiciary B
By: Representative Smith (39th)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 97-1-1, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE ELEMENTS NECESSARY TO PROVE CONSPIRACY IN A CASE IN WHICH A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR PERSON ACTING AT THE DIRECTION OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IS A CO-CONSPIRATOR; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 97-1-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
97-1-1. (1) If two (2) or more persons conspire either:
(a) To commit a crime; or
(b) Falsely and maliciously to indict another for a crime, or to procure to be complained of or arrested for a crime; or
(c) Falsely to institute or maintain an action or suit of any kind; or
(d) To cheat and defraud another out of property by any means which are in themselves criminal, or which, if executed, would amount to a cheat, or to obtain money or any other property or thing by false pretense; or
(e) To prevent another from exercising a lawful trade or calling, or doing any other lawful act, by force, threats, intimidation, or by interfering or threatening to interfere with tools, implements, or property belonging to or used by another, or with the use of employment thereof; or
(f) To commit any act injurious to the public health, to public morals, trade or commerce, or for the perversion or obstruction of justice, or of the due administration of the laws; or
(g) To overthrow or violate the laws of this state through force, violence, threats, intimidation, or otherwise; or
(h) To accomplish any unlawful purpose, or a lawful purpose by any unlawful means; such persons, and each of them, shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction may be punished by a fine of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) or by imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, or by both.
(2) Where one (1) or more of the conspirators is a law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of official duty or a person acting at the direction of a law enforcement officer in the performance of official duty, any remaining conspirator may be charged under this section if the alleged conspirator acted voluntarily and willfully and was not entrapped by the law enforcement officer or person acting at the direction of a law enforcement officer.
(3) * * * Where the crime conspired to be committed is capital murder or murder as defined by law or is a violation of Section 41-29-139(b)(1), Section 41-29-139(c)(2)(D) or Section 41-29-313(1), being provisions of the Uniform Controlled Substances Law, the offense shall be punishable by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) or by imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) years, or by both.
(4) * * * Where the crime conspired to be committed is a misdemeanor, then upon conviction said crime shall be punished as a misdemeanor as provided by law.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.