April 12, 2006
NYU CrimProf James Jacobs is quoted in this article from the Los Angeles Times about the state's likelihood of winning a federal extortion conviction against a gossip writer. Jacobs explains that because extortion requires obtaining money or anything of value by threatening harm, but the threat of harm must be something you have no right to impose, publishing information would generally not apply.
UT CrimProf George Dix is quoted in this article from the San Antonio Express explaining Texas' accomplice liability law. On paper, Texas law has zero tolerance for accomplices, so anyone who solicits, encourages, directs, aids or attempts to aid criminal conduct shares both guilt and punishment. But Dix explains that it's less clear in practice how much involvement is necessary to justify a prosecution.
California Western CrimProf Justin Brooks is quoted in this article from SignOnSanDiego.com about a child molestation case. The man accused confessed to two counts of molestation, but no evidence can corroborate the confession. So Brooks contends that more evidence is needed for a successful prosecution.
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