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blackmail

blackmail, in law, exaction of money from another by threat 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 extortion.
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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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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.
To protect his sister, the goal-scoring ace ordered cash payments to be made through an intermediary to the blackmailers.
Talking about 'blackmailing' complaints, he revealed that some blackmailers initiate a friendship with an endearing chat and after some time, start harassing the victims and issuing them threats.
Levin's claim that I "must reject" legally mandated memory erasure for blackmailers,(11) though correct, does not rule it out of question as part of a voluntary contract and, absent some further argument, I do not see why an honest blackmailer should resist agreeing to such memory erasure provided that the technology for achieving it has no other (for example, ill) effects.
In another case, the gang drained the savings of a Gulf man who paid Dh10,000 so the blackmailers would take out the video clip in which he appeared in sexual scenes.
And he claims he stepped in on more than one occasion to pay the blackmailers to stop his friend's private life being revealed.
It should also be remembered that in 1961 Bogarde starred in a film called Victim in which he played a lawyer, married but a closet gay, who prosecuted blackmailers for persecuting homosexuals.
A TOP cop paid blackmailers more than pounds 60,000 to prevent links with Northern Ireland terrorists being exposed, a court heard yesterday.
BLACKMAILERS planned to extort pounds 100,000 from a lawyer who appeared in a gay video a court was told yesterday.
When they were finally caught, the two blackmailers were just hours from making the sex snaps available to the 25 million people with access to the Internet.
Two armed blackmailers threatened to put stolen nude photos of supermodel Elle Macpherson on the Internet, it was claimed yesterday.
LIB had reported earlier that the presidency through Mr Buhari's spokesperson Garba Shehu, said Mr Soyinka and others who have condemned Mr Sowore's arrest are blackmailers.