2009 California Penal Code - Section 217.1-219.3 :: Chapter 5. Attempts To Kill

PENAL CODE
SECTION 217.1-219.3

217.1.  (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), every person who
commits any assault upon the President or Vice President of the
United States, the Governor of any state or territory, any justice,
judge, or former judge of any local, state, or federal court of
record, any commissioner, referee, or other subordinate judicial
officer of any court of record, the secretary or director of any
executive agency or department of the United States or any state or
territory, or any other official of the United States or any state or
territory holding elective office, any mayor, city council member,
county supervisor, sheriff, district attorney, prosecutor or
assistant prosecutor of any local, state, or federal prosecutor's
office, a former prosecutor or assistant prosecutor of any local,
state, or federal prosecutor's office, public defender or assistant
public defender of any local, state, or federal public defender's
office, a former public defender or assistant public defender of any
local, state, or federal public defender's office, the chief of
police of any municipal police department, any peace officer, any
juror in any local, state, or federal court of record, or the
immediate family of any of these officials, in retaliation for or to
prevent the performance of the victim's official duties, shall be
punished by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year or
by imprisonment in the state prison.
   (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), every person who attempts to
commit murder against any person listed in subdivision (a) in
retaliation for or to prevent the performance of the victim's
official duties, shall be confined in the state prison for a term of
15 years to life. The provisions of Article 2.5 (commencing with
Section 2930) of Chapter 7 of Title 1 of Part 3 shall apply to reduce
any minimum term of 15 years in a state prison imposed pursuant to
this section, but that person shall not otherwise be released on
parole prior to such time.
   (c) For the purposes of this section, the following words have the
following meanings:
   (1) "Immediate family" means spouse, child, stepchild, brother,
stepbrother, sister, stepsister, mother, stepmother, father, or
stepfather.
   (2) "Peace officer" means any person specified in subdivision (a)
of Section 830.1 or Section 830.5.

218.  Every person who unlawfully throws out a switch, removes a
rail, or places any obstruction on any railroad with the intention of
derailing any passenger, freight or other train, car or engine, or
who unlawfully places any dynamite or other explosive material or any
other obstruction upon or near the track of any railroad with the
intention of blowing up or derailing any such train, car or engine,
or who unlawfully sets fire to any railroad bridge or trestle, over
which any such train, car or engine must pass with the intention of
wrecking such train, car or engine, is guilty of a felony, and shall
be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life without
possibility of parole.

218.1.  Any person who unlawfully and with gross negligence places
or causes to be placed any obstruction upon or near the track of any
railroad that proximately results in either the damaging or derailing
of any passenger, freight, or other train, or injures a rail
passenger or employee, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state
prison for two, three, or four years, or by imprisonment in a county
jail for not more than one year, or by a fine not to exceed two
thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500), or by both that imprisonment
and fine.

219.  Every person who unlawfully throws out a switch, removes a
rail, or places any obstruction on any railroad with the intention of
derailing any passenger, freight or other train, car or engine and
thus derails the same, or who unlawfully places any dynamite or other
explosive material or any other obstruction upon or near the track
of any railroad with the intention of blowing up or derailing any
such train, car or engine and thus blows up or derails the same, or
who unlawfully sets fire to any railroad bridge or trestle over which
any such train, car or engine must pass with the intention of
wrecking such train, car or engine, and thus wrecks the same, is
guilty of a felony and punishable with death or imprisonment in the
state prison for life without possibility of parole in cases where
any person suffers death as a proximate result thereof, or
imprisonment in the state prison for life with the possibility of
parole, in cases where no person suffers death as a proximate result
thereof. The penalty shall be determined pursuant to Sections 190.3
and 190.4.

219.1.  Every person who unlawfully throws, hurls or projects at a
vehicle operated by a common carrier, while such vehicle is either in
motion or stationary, any rock, stone, brick, bottle, piece of wood
or metal or any other missile of any kind or character, or does any
unlawful act, with the intention of wrecking such vehicle and doing
bodily harm, and thus wrecks the same and causes bodily harm, is
guilty of a felony and punishable by imprisonment in the state prison
for two, four, or six years.

219.2.  Every person who willfully throws, hurls, or projects a
stone or other hard substance, or shoots a missile, at a train,
locomotive, railway car, caboose, cable railway car, street railway
car, or bus or at a steam vessel or watercraft used for carrying
passengers or freight on any of the waters within or bordering on
this state, is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not
exceeding one year, or in a state prison, or by fine not exceeding
two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by both such fine and imprisonment.

219.3.  Any person who wilfully drops or throws any object or
missile from any toll bridge is guilty of a misdemeanor.


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