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KIDNAPPING Definition & Legal Meaning

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The forcible abduction or stealing away of a man, woman, or child from their own country, and sending them into another. It is an offense punishable at the common law by fine aud imprisonment. 4 Bl. Comm. 219. In American law, this word is seldom, if at all, applied to the abductiou of other per- sons than children, aud the intent to seud them out of the country does not seem to constitute a necessary part of the offense. The term is said to include false imprisonment. 2 Bish. Crim. Law,


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