Blackmail by any other name...

A while back, I asked why Stormy's demands for hush money did not constitute blackmail.

The FederalistThe leaks are only part of the problem. The bigger issue is the underlying criminality of the investigation itself. An onscreen prostitute allegedly got paid $130,000 to stop her from spilling the beans. There is a crime there, but curiously not the one being investigated.

In New York, the crime is called “Larceny by Extortion.” It is a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Under N.Y. Penal Law 155.05(2)(e)(v): “A person obtains property by extortion when he compels or induces another person to deliver such property to himself or to a third person by means of instilling in him a fear that, if the property is not so delivered, the actor or another will … [e]xpose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule”

Turns out, it's because New York law calls it "larceny by extortion" instead.

This entry was published Fri May 11 11:26:06 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-05-09 19:17:18.0. [Tweet]

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