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Corrupt Intentions: Bribery, Unlawful Gratuity, and Honest-Services Fraud
Law & Contemporary Problems (2012)
  • Alex Stein
Abstract

This Article develops an economic understanding of bribery, unlawful gratuity, and honest-services fraud offenses. Given the inherently transactional and private nature of these offenses, courts should elicit the parties’ intent from the economics of their exchange. When the exchange yields the parties a benefit not available on the open market, then - depending on the exchange’s particulars - it constitutes bribery, unlawful gratuity, or honest-services fraud. Based on this simple insight, I criticize the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence of criminal corruption.

Keywords
  • corruption,
  • bribery,
  • economics of corruption
Disciplines
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Alex Stein. "Corrupt Intentions: Bribery, Unlawful Gratuity, and Honest-Services Fraud" Law & Contemporary Problems Vol. 75 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alex_stein/23/