embracery | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

In the criminal law context, embracery is the act of attempting to influence or corrupt a juror, judge, or other officials in a legal proceeding.


This can take many forms, such as offering bribes, threatening or intimidating a juror, or trying to sway a juror’s opinion through persuasion or manipulation. Embracery is considered a serious crime, as it undermines the legal system’s integrity and the right to a fair trial.

Embracery is considered a serious crime in most jurisdictions and can result in severe penalties. In common law systems, it can be considered a form of contempt of court or obstruction of justice. It is also considered a form of misconduct and may result in lawyers’ disbarment and sanctions for other legal professionals.

In many jurisdictions, embracery is divided into two main categories: direct and indirect. Direct embracery refers to when a person attempts to influence or corrupt a juror or other official directly. Indirect embracery is when a person attempts to influence or corrupt a juror or other official through a third party. In both cases, the goal is to sway the outcome of a legal proceeding in a particular way.

In the case of Jurors, it is a crime that is committed when someone attempts to influence the outcome of a case by directly or indirectly communicating with a juror about the case or jury service in general. This can take many forms, like offering bribes, or threatening or intimidating a juror, or trying to sway a juror’s opinion through persuasion or manipulation.


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Last Modified: 01/09/2023

 

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