Belief that bribe was lawful “Christmas gift” not a valid defense

December 22, 2016

  • 110 Criminal Law
  • 110II Defenses in General
  • 110k32 Ignorance or mistake of law

12-22-16Building inspector’s belief that his receipt of between $150 and $250 as “Christmas gift” from corporation engaged in extensive building operations was lawfully permitted was not a valid defense to charge of statutory extortion.

State v. Savoie, 320 A.2d 164 (N.J.Super.A.D., 1974)