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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Cates was charged with two federal crimes: (1) depriving Lemons of her civil rights under color of law, 1 U.
He was later arrested in February 1997 for sexual assault and "oppression under color of law.
Iran's success at controlling foreign-based journalism begins with fear under color of law.
Nucera now faces two charges, a hate crime and deprivation of rights under color of law.
The Color of Law shows how this operated across the United States during the first half of the 20th century and in many places lingers today.
The Color of Law can be read as a rebuttal to the widespread assumption that racial separation in housing is mainly attributable to forces wholly independent from governmental policy.
The major unfinished business of the civil rights movement, writes Richard Rothstein in his powerful new book, The Color of Law, is housing.
Cartagena is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.
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.
was to require states to "redefine" what "marriage" was to be, apparently, "the right to cohabitate with anyone you wish under color of law, complete with all rights heretofore only granted to male/ female unions.
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.