Maryland Newspaper Theft Statute

By on June 12, 2006

CRIMINAL LAW

TITLE 7. THEFT AND RELATED CRIMES

SUBTITLE 1.  CRIMES INVOLVING THEFT

PART I.  THEFT

§  7-106. Newspaper theft

(a) “Newspaper” defined. — In this section, “newspaper” means a periodical that is distributed on a complimentary or compensatory basis.

(b) Prohibited. — A person may not knowingly or willfully obtain or exert control that is unauthorized over newspapers with the intent to prevent another from reading the newspapers.

(c) Penalty. — A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 60 days or a fine not exceeding $ 500 or both.

HISTORY: An. Code 1957, art. 27, §  345; 2002, ch. 26, §  2.

NOTES:
REVISOR’S NOTE

This section is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, §  345.

In subsection (b) of this section, the reference to “another” is substituted for the former reference to “other individuals” for consistency within this article.

Also in subsection (b) of this section, the former reference to “commit[ting] the offense of theft” is deleted as redundant of the definition of “theft” in §  7-101 of this subtitle.

DEFINED TERMS:
   “Exert control”  §  7-101

“Obtain”  §  7-101

“Person”  §  1-101

USER NOTE: For more generally applicable notes, see notes under the first section of this part, subtitle, title, division or article.

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