Bribery and extortion

Robert Novak reports a bribe attempt made on the floor of the House of Representatives. The FBI should investigate, as should the House ethics committee.

The rather thuggish extortion attempt that Novak also reports — a threat to damage the career of Rep. Smith’s son in retaliation for his vote — isn’t criminal, but it is rather typical.

I keep hoping that this stuff is going to catch up with its perpetrators.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: