Extortion, in common law, an act of a public official who uses his or her position to obtain money or property illegally. Many states define the crime more broadly to include blackmail and similar acts committed by anyone.
Any viewer of a TV cop show knows the Miranda rights. They include the rights to remain silent, to have an attorney and so on. Why are they called the Miranda rights, and why must U.S. police recite them to arrestees?
Most people sentenced to death in the U.S. get at least one stay of execution. In one case, the stay came a minute too late because of a misdialed phone number. Here are 10 of the most unusual cases.