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Is it legal to pay a ransom?

While kidnapping and extortion are illegal, is it legal to pay such criminals for the release of the person or thing being held? Are there particular circumstances of the payer or payee that make it ...
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Paying ransom to ransomware extortion - could communities be sued for collaboration with criminals?

There have been some recent ransomware attacks against communities (cities), especially in Florida, as reported e.g. by threatpost, and others. The malware has often lead to serious damages and/or ...
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Is it legal for private citizens to “impound” e-scooters?

This recent article from The Verge claims that two men in San Diego have create a repo company that impounds e-scooters from companies like Lime, Bird, Lyft, Uber and Razor. However as far as I can ...
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Is it illegal to ask a company for money in exchange for information on a bug in their software?

Let's assume that I have a found a bug in a company's website/software which – if exploited – bypasses their paywall and allows me to use their website/software without any payments. I then inform ...
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Why is threatening to sue not considered extortion?

I'm reading about extortion and it says: Most states define extortion as the gaining of property or money by almost any kind of force or threat of [...], harm to reputation, or unfavorable ...
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Is it enforceable contract to withdraw private prosecution charges for payment?

Say Rob commits a crime against Bob. Frustrated that the police won't do anything, Bob follows the private prosecution path and files a charging document against Rob. Rob, seeing that things are ...
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Stormy Daniels Extortion?

How is the president Trumps payment to Stormy Daniels to keep quiet not extortion? Are you allowed to pay someone to keep quiet? How is that different that for getting paid from a company to keep ...
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Extortion Hangup

I need some clarification on extortion for general curiosity. If a customer is aware of a crime and hires a lawyer to go to the company to request money in exchange for not reporting them to the ...
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Intimidation by other jurors?

What recourse do I have if, as a juror, I am intimidated with threats of physical violence or other misfortunes by other jurors to reach a conclusion they want? If the answer is to talk to the judge, ...