Is Threatening To Publish Bezos' Nude (or Nudish) Pics Criminal Blackmail?
When is a threat to reveal something embarrassing blackmail, and when is it permissible? Plus a special Bill Cosby (but non-sexual-assault) connection.
[Eugene Volokh] Is Threatening To Publish Bezos' Nude (or Nudish) Pics Criminal Blackmail?
Not all threats to do bad stuff to people constitute blackmail (it's complicated). Here's Eugene Volokh explaining why AMI's threat to Bezos may well qualify.
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