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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
Sekhar v. United States
Citation:570 U.S. 729, 133 S.Ct. 2720, 186 L.Ed.2d 794 (2013)
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Sekhar (Defendant) was a managing partner of FA Technology Ventures. The Comptroller’s office was considering investing in a fund managed by that firm, but the office’s general counsel made a written recommendation to the Comptroller not to invest. Emails traced to Sekhar’s home computer demanded that the Comptroller’s office invest in a fund managed by the firm, or information would be disclosed about an alleged extramarital affair by the general counsel. Sekhar was convicted of attempted extortion in violation of the Hobbs Act.
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