Extortion

Extortion in United States

Extortion Definition

The unlawful taking by any officer, by coldr of his office, qf any money or thing of value that is not due to him, or more than is due, or before it is due. 4 Bl. Comm. 141; 1 Hawk. P. C. c. 68, § 1; 1 Russ. Crimes, 144., 7 Pick. (Mass.) 279; 3 Ind. 93; 107 N. C. 921. In a large sense, the term includes any injury under color of right; but it is generally and constantly used in the more limited technical sense above given; while oppression is used to signify injuries other than the extortion of things of value committed under color of ofSce.

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The unlawful taking by any officer, by coldr of his office, qf any money or thing of value that is not due to him, or more than is due, or before it is due. 4 Bl. Comm. 141; 1 Hawk. P. C. c. 68, § 1; 1 Russ. Crimes, 144., 7 Pick. (Mass.) 279; 3 Ind. 93; 107 N. C. 921. In a large sense, the term includes any injury under color of right; but it is generally and constantly used in the more limited technical sense above given; while oppression is used to signify injuries other than the extortion of things of value committed under color of ofSce.

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The wrongful act of compelling payments by means of threats of injury to a person or to a person’s property or reputation. Extortion is distinguished from blackmail (in U.S. law).

(Revised by Ann De Vries)

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Blackmail; Civil Action; False Pretenses; Robbery.

Further Reading (Articles)

Bribery versus extortion: allowing the lesser of two evils., RAND Journal of Economics; March 22, 2010; Khalil, Fahad Lawarree, Jacques Yun, Sungho

Offences relating to extortion., The New Nation (Dhaka, India); May 22, 2009

Offences relating to extortion, The New Nation (Dhaka, India); May 22, 2009

Downtown shoppers pay extortion bill, The Weekly Gleaner; December 4, 2002; Anonymous

The extortion racket, The Weekly Gleaner; November 17, 2005; Anonymous

Celebrities are frequent targets of extortion, AP Online; December 31, 2009; ANTHONY McCARTNEY

Levels of extortion against business is up since Good Friday Agreement, Belfast Telegraph; November 30, 2006; Jonathan McCambridge

Line is blurred between extortion and legal haggling, The Record (Bergen County, NJ); August 18, 2004; KIBRET MARKOS, STAFF WRITER

Mexico’s Rising Threat: Extortion, The Christian Science Monitor; March 19, 2014; Baker, Karl

Terrorism and extortion.(SOLUTIONS), Security; February 1, 2008; Alexander, Dean C.

Extortions reign markets, The New Nation (Dhaka, India); September 5, 2010;

Extortions reign markets., The New Nation (Dhaka, India); September 5, 2010;

2 Chicago-Area Men Arrested on Extortion-Related Charges Involving Alleged Plot to Abduct and Murder Victim, US Fed News Service, Including US State News; October 27, 2012

Two Chicago-Area Men Arrested on Extortion-Related Charges Involving Alleged Plot to Abduct and Murder Victim, States News Service; October 26, 2012

Extortion cases hit car theft detection, Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India); August 29, 2010

Extortions at Their Peak, The New Nation (Dhaka, India); August 10, 2012

Defining Extortion: RICO, Hobbs, and Statutory Interpretation in Scheidler V. National Organization for Women, Inc., 123 S. Ct. 1057 (2003), Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; June 22, 2003; Kelly, Daniel B.

A Forethought for Malice.(prevention of product extortions), Mondaq Business Briefing; January 27, 2006

DEFINING EXTORTION: RICO, HOBBS, AND STATUTORY INTERPRETATION IN SCHEIDLER V. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, INC., 123 S. CT. 1057 (2003)., Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; July 1, 2003; Kelly, Daniel B

BROWN ANNOUNCES CONVICTIONS OF 31 MEXICAN MAFIA GANG MEMBERS IN EXTORTION AND DRUG TRAFFICKING CELL., States News Service; March 25, 2010

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