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BRIBE, crim. law. The gift or promise, which is accepted, of some advantage, as the inducement for some illegal act or omission; or of some illegal emolument, as a consideration, for preferring one person to another, in the performance of a legal act.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In contrast, in an autocracy power is concentrated in the ruling party or the elite, which has an incentive to maximize the total amount of corruption and to develop the economy (so that it can extract further bribes and prevent a potential overthrow).This incentive encourages the ruling party/elite to award economic resources and projects to those firms that pay the highest bribes, assuming all bribers subject to the same project specifications, the highest bribe payer is the most efficient.
These rewards must only cover briber's private valuation of the object acquired, not the negative externalities generated.
In contractual litigation, the claimant may be entitled to recover all sums paid pursuant to the contract (gross revenue) or revenues after the deduction of the value of expenses and counter performance incurred by the briber (net revenue).
Fourth, as traditionally understood, bribery consists of a bilateral agreement or quid pro quo in which the bribee solicits or accepts something of value from the briber in exchange for the bribee's acting, or agreeing to act, on the briber's behalf.
A victim of extortion, unlike a true briber, is paying for a fair shake.
The council also approved decision of the attorney general to leave up immunity on a member of the public prosecution to allow prosecution to investigate with him in charge of briber.
One such thinker, Martin Briber, actually wrote a major study of the New Testament arguing that Christianity's rejection of the Hebrew Bible as a source for Christianity is rooted in the writings of the apostle Paul himself.
necessitate any personal or professional relationship between the briber
Consider, for example, if the holder of a personal power takes a bribe to exercise the power in the briber's favor.
Briber and boodler and grafter are often "good men," judged by the old tests, and would have passed for virtuous in the American community of 70 years ago.
In another report, the working group said that Portugal should "be more proactive in detecting, investigating and prosecuting cases of bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions." It has recommended detailed reforms including a requirement for police to "define a foreign official's status according to the law in his or her own country before pursuing a Portuguese briber." It also wants Portugal tax law to "disallow and forbid undocumented, confidential expenses in order to strengthen the tax administration's ability to detect bribes."
But he is the exception.) If a lawmaker accepts money to vote in favor of a briber's interest, that is almost certainly a crime.