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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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Prosecutors charged the employee with forgery and accepting a bribe. The customer was charged with offering a bribe.
Dubai: A public relations officer (PRO) has been jailed for three months for trying to bribe an immigration officer Dh100 for renewing two residence visas illegally.
Eight out of 10 Kenyans who said they had paid a bribe received the service they wanted, with an alarming 93 percent saying they never reported the vice to the authorities.The huge number of Kenyans not reporting corruption may be due to the fact that of those that reported, six out of 10 of them said no action was taken, with a discouraging 12 percent saying those responsible were warned by their superiors, and an even more disappointing five percent were fired from their jobs.
Janiek complained that the judge of the regional court also received a bribe. He never took one.
The cousin cooperated with the police in a sting operation to have the 31-year-old apprehended for taking Dh150 as a bribe in February, said records.
The police topped the list of public services most often demanding a bribe while 38pc of the poorest surveyed said they paid a bribe, which is the highest proportion of any income group.
Col Mattar Moded Al Muhairi, Director of the force's Anti Corruption Department, said: "The technician was arrested after investigations confirmed he received the bribe."
In their study of Ukraine, Cabelkova and Hanousek (2004) rely on data on respondents' willingness to bribe in various hypothetical situations.
Blazer said in his testimony: "I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup.
He was arrested for taking a bribe of ` 1.5 lakh from an industrialist for settling a tax issue.
In Basu's (2011) pamphlet, "Why, for a Class of Bribes, the Act of Giving a Bribe Should Be Treated as Legal" he describes a society where bribery is "rampant ...