Extortion

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Extortion

An illegal act in which one coerces another into providing money or something else of value. For example, one may extort money from a business by threat of force. Extortion historically has been common in organized crime.
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The report also analyzed federal sentences by race, finding that Hispanics convicted of any federal offense were more likely than non-Hispanics to be sentenced to prison.
a federal offense relating to the prostitution business;
If the officers were not guilty of the state offenses, they could not be guilty of the federal offenses either.
A bill that would make crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, or disability federal offenses stalled on June 11 when the Senate refused to limit debate on the proposal.
misdemeanors (such as petty theft, battery), non-criminal offenses (such as dependency, sexual delinquency), violations of municipal ordinances, and federal offenses.
For example, will the Republican majority in Congress be able to impose the death penalty for new federal offenses when all House Republicans but four have already endorsed the Sixth Commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Kill"?
Congress has increased exponentially the number of offenses constituting a crime, making federal offenses of many violations of the myriad sections in the Code of Federal Regulations (the repository of decades of rule-making by independent and other federal agencies).
Among other things, it seriously limits the ability of prisoners on death row to appeal their cases, and creates several new categories of federal offenses punishable by death.

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