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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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She said after she sent her photos to the accused, the latter blackmailed her in January this year saying he would post her photos on Facebook if she did not pay him $2,000.
The witness repeated that he never blackmailed anyone.
The police made inquiries into the man's social network profile and found out that he systematically blackmailed the other women on the Internet too.
Between March through May that year, Takahashi and Hayakawa then blackmailed Nagata for a total of 20 million yen, threatening to tell the bank's management about his unauthorized refunding of the deposits, the investigators said.
Is the person who is blackmailed a "victim" in this second sense?
Consider first the possibility of being blackmailed.
The Raipur Police added that, in his complaint, Prakash Bajaj said the caller blackmailed and asked him for money, following which a case was registered by the Pandri Police Station.
blackmailed the woman and threatened to post her images on Facebook if she did not pay him money.
However they were only handed over on October 22 in a manner that allegedly blackmailed MPs into passing them by November 5.
Islamabad -- Business tycoon Malik Riaz filed a first information report (FIR) at Lohi Bher police station against people he alleges have blackmailed him.
They (female students) have to understand that they must be very cautious in dealing with their male counterparts and immediately inform their parents if they are blackmailed.
The Haia members were the ones to formally accuse the defendant after the 30-year-old married woman complained that he had blackmailed her through phone calls and text messages.