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Application of the Rushdie Rule may be a criminal offense

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Submitted by Wallace Edward Brand (United States), Oct 1, 2010 at 08:15

Extortion or exaction is a criminal offense which occurs when a person unlawfully obtains services from a person(s), entity or institution by coercion. It is a federal crime if carried out through an instrument of interstate commerce such as the internet or the US mails. It is also a statutory offense under the laws of many states and may be a common law crime as well.

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