July 15, 2019 Feature

The Reach of Federal Extortion and Blackmail Statutes

Sara E. Kropf

In early February 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos published an explosive blog post accusing the National Enquirer’s owner, American Media Inc. (AMI), of blackmailing him. Bezos’s accusations could have serious consequences for AMI. In September 2018, AMI signed a non-prosecution agreement with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

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