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CRIMINAL LAW – EXTORTION

Did threatening to expose gossip about a state general counsel if he failed to give a positive recommendation to a business investment proposal qualify as attempted extortion under federal law? See “Justices take up extortion case.” Sekhar v.U.S., No. 12-357. Certiorari granted:  Jan. 11, 2013. Ruling below: 683 F.3d 436 (2nd Cir. 2012).