Definition

Title 18 United States Code § 1503 defines "obstruction of justice" as an act that "corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice."

Someone obstructs justice when that person has a specific intent to obstruct or interfere with a judicial proceeding. For a person to be convicted of obstructing justice, that person must not only have the specific intent to obstruct the proceeding, but that person must know that a proceeding had occurred, or was pending, at the time; and, there must be a connection between the endeavor to obstruct justice and the proceeding, and the person must have knowledge of this connection.

Advisement

Any individual, group, or organization that interferes with the acquisition, compilation, or distribution of Brady material (as evidence) will be immediately reported to State and Federal law enforcement.