The 55-year-old’s effort to be on the right side of history was met with some criticism for making a public offer many (read: conservative media) are calling bribery. The alt-right especially is having a field day!
But is she really in trouble?
According to the law for bribery of a federal official, anyone who “directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official” in exchange for an action, such as a vote, is in violation.
But Rebecca Roiphe, a New York Law School professor, says the actress doesn’t have anything to worry about because her plea was simply “political commentary.”
She told Daily News:
“It’s political commentary. What she’s trying to do is show these people had already been bought off.”
The former prosecutor added:
“It all rides on what her intent was in writing that tweet. The point of this whole string of these tweets. What she’s trying to do is fake-offer a bribe to point out that they’ve already been politically been bought.”
It would basically be impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a famous comedian wasn’t being satirical with a tweet like this.
Honestly, we think our legal system has bigger fish to fry. *cough*Russia*cough* Right??
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