Thursday, January 19, 2006

Meat bribery is legal...

Yes, according to the D. A., bribes of meat, and actions taken to alter the criminal process under the influence of meat, are not criminal.

Cheap meat, too.

"Even without a direct exchange, however, dismissing tickets as a favor has “a bad ring to it,” said Joe C. Loser Jr., dean of the Nashville School of Law.

“But I don’t know of any statute that prohibits it.”

How about Tennessee Code 39-16-402, Official Misconduct:

A public servant commits an offense who, with intent to obtain a benefit...(5) Receives any benefit not otherwise authorized by law".

Or, 39-16-102, Bribery of a Public Servant:

A person commits an offense who (2)While a public servant... accepts any pecuniary benefit upon an agreement or understanding that the public servant's ... action as a public servant will thereby be influenced".

Yes, triviality is a defence to both charges, but that's a question for jurors, isn't it?

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