The Case for De-Criminalizing Blackmail: A Reply to Lindgren and Campbell
Western State University Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 2, 1997
12 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 13, 2011
The argument for legalizing blackmail is simple and straightforward. Blackmail consists of a threat or menace, coupled with a demand for money or other valuable consideration. The threat, however, consists of something the blackmailer has every right to do. For example, it is entirely legal to engage in malicious gossip, or write a negative movie review, expose past criminal behavior, or refuse to befriend a person. How, then, can it be illegal to threaten to do something, when to actually engage in the activity would be legal?
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