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Bribery and Graft

Bribery and graft are both closely linked with corruption and are punishable as felonies. They have increasingly become the object of national and international anticorruption laws that have expanded their definitions to include interference not only with the judicial process (judiciary, jurors, witnesses, and laypersons) but also with public employees and some classes of private and commercial transactions. Bribery is now defined as any promise or undertaking to give money, goods, property, advantage, privilege, or emolument with a corrupt intent to induce or to influence the actions, votes, or opinions of persons in any public or official capacity. Bribery can also be a gift, not necessarily of pecuniary value, bestowed to influence the conduct of the receiver. Graft has been defined as the fraudulent obtaining ...

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