[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.
There's a solid case to be made that the National Enquirer violated the federal extortion statute, argues Eugene Volokh
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