Gabriel, D. Bruce
September 1979
Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology;Fall1979, Vol. 70 Issue 3, p337
Academic Journal
This article analyzes the concept of bribery under the Travel Act in the U.S. The Travel Act makes bribery in violation of state or federal law a federal offense. The Travel Act was passed in response to the determination by the U.S. Department of Justice that local law enforcement authorities, burdened by the depredations of organized crime, were without the means necessary to strike at the heart of these criminal operations, since their locus was often beyond the state's jurisdiction. Since bribery and extortion as practiced by organized criminals tends to be composed of discrete instances of improper influence, the business enterprise requirement was not attached to the bribery or extortion offenses in the proposed or adopted legislation.


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