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If the President's power to grant pardons is absolute, could he face any consequences?

There are 2 separate issues here: what happens to such a President and what happens to the person who has been pardoned. What happens to the person who has been pardoned? While at least one attempt at ...
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What is the penalty for a bad-acting juror?

united-states This will vary somewhat by jurisdiction. But in most US states: Bob happily blabs to the media and exposes all the other jurors and what they've said and who they are. All for some ...
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Could Congress "bribe" the President to sign a bill by including a presidential pay raise?

No. Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution states The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period ...
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Is it legal to bribe a private eye?

england-and-wales It's illegal to "bribe" anyone - the banker, the baker, the candlestick maker. Perhaps you really mean to ask if the behaviour in your scenario is bribery. On the face of ...
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If the President's power to grant pardons is absolute, could he face any consequences?

Bribery of public officials is in itself a crime (18 USC § 201), for both the giver and the recipient: (b) Whoever— (1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value ...
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Is it legal to bribe a private eye?

This would be fraud (1) A person who, by any deception, dishonestly-- (a) obtains property belonging to another, or (b) obtains any financial advantage or causes any financial disadvantage, is guilty ...
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Is paying a news publisher to not publish negative press about you legal?

Is paying a news publisher to not publish negative press about you legal? Yes. This is not in and of itself illegal, although it can be one part of a larger course of activity that is illegal. Does ...
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Is there any evidence of (attempted) bribery of Ukraine by Trump

Proof is for a courtroom Or in this case, the Senate. Proof is what you get when the trial is complete, the evidence has been considered and the verdict is in. Is there evidence? The Federal crime ...
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Isn't it a clear conflict of interest that expert witnesses are paid/compensated handsomely for their testimony?

No Experts’ time is valuable. Courts would not be able to get qualified experts to testify if they were not compensated. As per your previous question, the crucial point is that they are paid to ...
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Does paying a holder of public office to resign constitute bribery?

Proabably NO 18 USC § 201 deals with bribery of public officials (b) Whoever— (1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who ...
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Is it illegal for someone holding a public office in the United States to accept money intended as a bribe if they do not act on the bribe?

Bribery is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or ...
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Why is the FBI rather than state investigators looking into these judges who take bribes?

The federal Hobbs Act has been interpreted to prohibit state and local officials from accepting bribes, under the theory of "extortion under color of right". Violation of the Hobbs Act is a federal ...
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Can you get jail time if you were bribed forcefully against your will?

There is a defense against criminal charges, the defense of coercion. In Washington state (under the name "duress") (1) In any prosecution for a crime, it is a defense that: (a) The actor ...
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Is it bribery if your decision wasn't swayed?

New York Penal Law § 200.10: A public servant is guilty of bribe receiving in the third degree when he solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit from another person upon an agreement or ...
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Is it legal to bribe a private eye?

There is a business agreement between the husband and the private eye. The husband pays the private eye, the private eye does their best to find certain evidence. If the private eye takes money in ...
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Is it legal to give someone money when you know they might spend it on bribes?

Unlawfulness of bribing foreign officials in the US is through the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This makes it illegal for a company to bribe foreign officials to gain a business advantage and ...
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Bribery? $1 million pledged against Collins if she backs Kavanaugh

It sounds less like bribery (where you give someone a benefit in exchange for an official act) than like extortion (where you threaten some harm in the absence of an act).
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Is it legal to bribe an employee of a fully private company?

In the USA, there is no federal law that expressly prohibits bribes in a commercial context ("commercial bribing"), but there are laws in many states - so it depends on the state. Most states do have ...
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Isn't it a clear conflict of interest that expert witnesses are paid/compensated handsomely for their testimony?

united-states california Or is the fact that expert witnesses get huge payments just completely swept under the rug and out of sight of jury consideration? From personal experience as a juror, it is ...
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Isn't it a clear conflict of interest that expert witnesses are paid/compensated handsomely for their testimony?

Yes, but so what? Most (all?) common law countries follow an adversarial system, where the court is a referee. Parties run their pre-trial investigation and choose their witnesses with a relatively ...
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Liability for knowing about bribe offered by a channel partner

The law that you are asking about is the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) (15 U.S.C. § 78dd-1, et seq.). Under that law, knowledge or willful blindness to the fact that third-party with ...
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Elements of bribery: what is a "thing of value"?

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently put out a summary of what constitutes a thing of value. While it is a summary from the FEC, I still think it's relevant because it uses the term thing of ...
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Extortion, bribery or hush money?

What crimes have been committed? The initial assault (hit) or theft (stole) by A. Bribery by A and the detective. Which parties are at fault or liable? See above. How could Party A sue faulty ...
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What does the US Constitution mean by "bribery"?

TL;DNR: At the time of the Founding, bribery covered both giving and taking a bribe. Two definitions of bribery from the Founding Era. It is often hard to say exactly what a word meant "in the ...
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Is it illegal to pay someone to hire me? How about receiving money in exchange for hiring someone?

These are both bribery Bribery is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official, or other person, ...
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For a politician, is a lunch outing with Warren Buffet considered a $650,000 gift?

I think you're working off some false premises here. Whatever FMV is in the context of a meeting with Warren Buffet purchased by investors, it's probably different in the context of the U.S. ...
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Pay a company to refuse business with a specific individual?

Certainly, "Tortious interference" comes to mind. While it's a difficult one to prove, there are typically 6 elements: The existence of a contractual relationship or beneficial business ...
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Can you get jail time if you were bribed forcefully against your will?

This isn’t bribery Bribery is the offer of something of value in return for corruptly performing your job. It isn’t duress either To qualify as duress the threat of harm must be “immediate and ...
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Uber files: Can Uber offload their past responibilities by claiming they are a new company?

A company is a legal person If this is the same company, then it can be prosecuted for its past activities just like a natural person can.
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