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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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Third, the damaging information that the blackmailer has about the client should be unknown to others.
Kipnis contends that because the blackmailer will milk the mark for whatever he can, it may "now become necessary for the mark to supplement income in risky, questionable, and illegal ways.
However, after a few months the blackmailer called asking for more money which led the victim to tell the police.
Accordingly, when blackmailers are caught they are sent to prison in order to make it clear that behaviour of that sort will not be tolerated.
You invented a mythical blackmailer together with henchmen and extracted money from her and cynically exploited her.
The blackmailer said that he was ready to marry the wife after the divorce and that he would give the husband the dowry he had offered her as well as the video and audio recordings that would have exposed her.
A BLACKMAILER who tried to smear a royal in a pounds 50,000 gay sex plot poses at the Palace - on day release from jail.
The prosecution claim Hylton, from Hamstead, Birmingham, coerced the woman into making the films and duped her into handing over pounds 1,000 of her savings to satisfy a mysterious blackmailer.
Justice prevailed as the man defeated his blackmailer.
The refusal of the victim, a Saudi national in his 50s, to drop the charges against the blackmailer, a woman in her 30s, has ruled out an-out-of-court settlement and paved the way for a trial, Saudi news site Sabq reported on Tuesday.
Even though the real blackmailer was caught and convicted, they had to wait until yesterday before they were told they wouldn't be charged - after four months of worry.
DETECTIVES hunting a blackmailer who is targeting customers of supermarket giant Tesco last night appealed for anyone who had received threatening letters to come forward.