For those of you who have been wondering, yes, it is probably illegal for the New Black Panthers to offer a 'dead or alive" reward for George Zimmerman. Over at Pajamas Media, J. Christian Adams, the former justice department lawyer who resigned in protest against Eric Holder's refusal to prosecute this same NBPP organization for voter intimidation in Philadelphia, has spelled out just how the hate group's actions may be prosecutable by Florida authorities:
So what crimes may have the New Black Panthers committed in Florida with their threats toward George Zimmerman?
Let's start with solicitation to kidnap. In announcing a reward for the seizure of Zimmerman, the New Black Panthers may have violated Florida Code 787.01. It makes it a felony to "by threat, confining or abducting, or imprisoning another person against his . . . will without lawful authority with intent to . . . terrorize."
Merely soliciting someone else to do this is also a felony in Florida under Florida Code 777.04. "A person who solicits another to commit an offense prohibited by law and in the course of such solicitation commands, encourages, hires, or requests another person to engage in specific conduct which would constitute such offense or an attempt to commit such offense commits the offense of criminal solicitation."
The solicitation and threat to seize Zimmerman may also constitute a crime under Florida Code 876.35. The felony of "combination against part of the people of the state" occurs when someone is unlawfully seized by a mob, or at the behest of a mob. Think of a small town jail 100 years ago and an angry crowd, armed with rope, demanding a particular inmate. Sound familiar?
Florida Code 876.35 defines the crime: "to remove them forcibly out of this state, or to remove them from their habitations to any other part of the state by force, or [when people] shall assemble for that purpose." Remember, solicitation to commit a crime is in itself a crime.
Florida Code 876.34 even makes it a felony to "interfere forcibly in the administration of the government."
Additionally, according to Adams, Trayvon Martin, himself, may have been in violation of an "oddball" Florida law which accords protections to those individuals engaged in neighborhood watch activities. The existence of such a law carries with it the possibility that Martin, whether or not he was otherwise innocent of any criminal intent, violated Florida law by aggressively challenging Zimmerman's inquiries.
According to Breibart.com, even the left-leaning the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the New Black Panther Party as "a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers." Breitbart notes that the SPLC also says that the New Black Panthers believe American blacks should form a separate black nation. Eric Holder would a great choice for first Minister of Justice.