color of law

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Noun1.color of law - a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law; "the plaintiff claimed that under color of law the officer had deprived him of his civil rights"
semblance, gloss, color, colour - an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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The tort notice also claimed the city caused "reckless infliction of extreme emotional distress upon my person as a direct result of your hiding behind the badge of authority and the color of law preventing me from doing what I do lawfully through your twisted version of the laws and regulations of the state of Oregon and with blatant disregard of the prior approval of the applicant by the City of Coburg Planning Commission.
under color of law,' voting by noncitizens, and fraudulently
Subsequently, tens of thousands of innocent Americans who ran afoul of the pernicious junk science of eugenics were sterilized under color of law.
Many federal civil rights cases involve police or other authorities abusing their power under ''the color of law.
For many years, Wayne Hage--cowboy, author, scholar, patriot, patriarch, Christian gentleman--fought an epic and lonely battle against a conspiracy of lawless bureaucrats who operated under the color of law.
But once you get given this permission to remain here under color of law, with some kind of legal status, the illegality clock stops.
1256 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act solidified the governmental protection of profits for Big Tobacco and Big Pharma by eliminating all competition through color of law.
He previously optioned Car Wash 2 to Universal Pictures and Under Color Of Law to the Mount Kramer Company.
Nonetheless, adverse possession laws could set off a tremor that would rock the global economy, and there is no harm in requiring people not to steal, even under color of law.
1983 under color of law, Fourth Amendment standards and police misconduct, procedural due process and property interests, absolute immunity for judges and prosecutors, qualified immunity, local government liability, parental liberty interest, and freedom of religion in prison.
This erroneous analogy to [section] 1983 is material because international law governing state action appears to be substantially narrower than the color of law jurisprudence under [section] 1983.
The Color of Law spares no detail in its intimate portrayal of a real-life hero of the courtroom, and is a worthy addition to college and public library biography shelves.