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HARBOR Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

v. To receive clandestinely and without lawful authority a person for thepurpose of so concealing him that another having a right to the lawful custody of suchperson shall be deprived of the same. Jones v. Van Zandt, 5 How. 215, 227, 12 L. Ed.122. A distinction has been taken, in some decisions, between “harbor” and “conceal.”A person may be convicted of harboring a slave, although he may not have concealedher. McElhaney v. State, 24 Ala. 71.


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