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blackmail,

in law, exaction of money from another by threatthreat,
in law, declaration of intent to injure another by doing an unlawful act, with a view to restraining his freedom of action. A threat is distinguishable from an assault, for an assault requires some physical act that appears likely to eventuate in violence, whereas a
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 of exposure of criminal action or of disreputable conduct. The term was originally used for the tribute levied until the 18th cent. upon the inhabitants of the Scottish border to provide immunity from raids by Scottish bands. Statutes often treat blackmail as a form of extortionextortion,
in law, unlawful demanding or receiving by an officer, in his official capacity, of any property or money not legally due to him. Examples include requesting and accepting fees in excess of those allowed to him by statute or arresting a person and, with corrupt
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Blackmail

See also Bribery.
Blackness (See NIGHT.)
Blasphemy (See APOSTASY.)
Rigaud
adventurer and extortionist. [Br. Lit.: Little Dorrit]
Rudge
extorts to achieve personal ends. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
Sextus
threatens murder and dishonor to bed Lucretia. [Rom. Lit.: Fasti; Livy; Br. Lit.: The Rape of Lucrece]
Wegg, Silas
attempts to blackmail Boffin. [Br. Lit.: Our Mutual Friend]
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The blackmailers received Rs50 million on 28 June 2013 and assured that there would be no further blackmailing.
The court found the man guilty of blackmailing a woman and demanding sex to help her case.
A 19-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for five years for forcing teenagers into sending indecent images of themselves over social media and then blackmailing them into performing sexual acts.
Thiruvananthapuram: Two women are hogging the headlines in Kerala after allegedly blackmailing high-profile people using videos taken of them in compromising positions.
Summary: The police arrested a man Friday suspected of harassing minors on the Internet and blackmailing them into having sexual relations with him.
TWO men who admitted blackmailing a man in his 60s are waiting to learn their fates in prison today.
She wrote: "Somebody has been arrested and charged about blackmailing to use these stolen pictures, so a step closer to who stole them.
A CONVICTED robber who was given nine months more in jail after blackmailing a man from his prison cell failed to convince top judges the sentence was too long.
26 ( ANI ): Tamara Ecclestone's former fiance is facing the prospect of being jailed after being found guilty of blackmailing the socialite for 200,000 dollars.
But the student, of Old Walsall Road, told a London Court yesterday he did not think he was blackmailing the daughter of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Summary: Two men have pleaded not guilty to blackmailing the daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.
RAWALPINDI, April 24, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Additional District and Session Judge Saturday cancelled the bail of Mohammad Razzaq, an accused of harassing and blackmailing an adopted sister.