CRS Report: Robbery, Extortion, and Bribery in One Place: A Legal Overview of the Hobbs Act

From the summary of Robbery, Extortion, and Bribery in One Place: A Legal Overview of the Hobbs Act (R45395, Nov. 6, 2018): “The Hobbs Act proscribes obstructing commerce by means of robbery or extortion or attempting or conspiring to do so. The Act applies to individuals and legal entities alike. It permits prosecutions, although the impact on commerce may be minimal. It condemns the robbery -— knowingly taking the property of another by force or threat -— of drug dealers, mom-and-pop markets, and multinational corporations.”

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