Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Tamper Definition:

To interfere improperly or in violation of the law such as to tamper with a document.

Related Terms: Jury Tampering

In the United States v Polonio, Justice James Alger Fee of the District Court (Oregon) reiterated these words to describe the word tamper:

"To meddle so as to alter a thing; especially to make corrupting or perverting changes, as to tamper with a document or a text; to interfere improperly."


Similarly, in US v Tomicich, the statute at issue used but did not define the term tamper. Justice Goodrich of the District Court (Pennsylvania), adopted the same words iterated in US v Poponio but added:

"... to meddle; to busy oneself rashly; to try trifling or foolish experiments...."


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