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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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See also Bribery.
Blackness (See NIGHT.)
Blasphemy (See APOSTASY.)
adventurer and extortionist. [Br. Lit.: Little Dorrit]
extorts to achieve personal ends. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
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]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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An attractive and perhaps someday feasible basis for bargaining is the blackmailer's agreement to undergo memory erasure in exchange for payment.(4) Were erasure required by law, there would be less resistance to legalizing blackmail.
Members of the powerful commission arranged an ambush to arrest the blackmailer, but he managed to avoid them.
According to the report, the footballer, a father, is the second Premier League star in many weeks to face an alleged blackmailer, with the previous case involving a female football fan, who demanded a large amount of cash from a married player in return for deleting a steamy sex texts he had sent her after apparently agreeing to a one-night stand.
When journalists asked him to respond to these allegations he said: "Do I look like a blackmailer? Do I look like a don?"
The commission said the frightened girl went to the Haia center in Qasim, who caught the blackmailer after an ambush.
Although the blackmailer's deadline ran out early this morning, a police spokeswoman said there were no signs he had so far attempted to carry out his threat.
Without hesitation Margaret sets out to chase off Beau's older lover; she also covers up a crime she believes her son committed and frantically fends off blackmailers.
In mid-July, the blackmailer told company officials to take 50 million yen in cash to Kakegawa Station on Central Japan Railway Co.'s Tokaido Line.
A news blackout was immediately imposed as a top-level operation began to track down the blackmailer.
Absent some element of this triad, the blackmailer's misdeeds should attract the attention of the law--the civil law, not the criminal law--only when one of the parties complains that the voluntary agreement between the two--the blackmail contract--has been breached.
THE Sunday Mirror has handed motor racing king Bernie Ecclestone our dossier which exposed a blackmailer's plot to swindle him out of $1million.
The father reported the case to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice who arrested the blackmailer.