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La Porte (IFA) © Michael Christianson. Indiana calls harboring a fugitive, “Assisting a criminal.”
Forget the movies. Forget what you read in the Newspapers. Forget the gossip, too. Some Indiana residents have a limited legal right under Indiana State law to harbor a state fugitive, regardless of what crooked law enforcement may or may not tell us.
However, this limited legal right goes no further than the person’s immediate family. So, unfortunately, the law doesn’t extend to grand-parents, uncles, nieces, or friends, etc.
Indiana law allows the person to ONLY harbor, conceal, or otherwise assist his or her legal parent, child, or spouse if they have committed a state crime and are a fugitive from state justice. This protection does not extend to an immediate family member who has committed a federal crime.
This legal right can be found at Indiana Code (IC) 35-44.1-2-5.
IFA encourages families to unite, stick together, and protect each other from the abusive over-reach of the government and police. If the police approach you, provide only your identifying information – name, address, and ID card. Never volunteer other information unless a state or federal judge has ordered you to do so.
Michael A. Christianson