2019 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 16 - Offenses Against Administration of Government
Part 1 - Bribery
§ 39-16-106. Exceptions and defenses.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-16-106 (2019)
  • (a) It is an exception to the application of §§ 39-16-102, 39-16-104 and 39-16-105, that the benefit involved is a fee prescribed by law to be received by a public servant or any other benefit to which the public servant is lawfully entitled.

  • (b) It is a defense to prosecution under §§ 39-16-102, 39-16-104 and 39-16-105, that the benefit involved was:

    • (1) A trivial benefit incidental to personal, professional, or business contacts, which involves no substantial risk of undermining official impartiality; or

    • (2) A lawful contribution made for the political campaign of an elective public servant when the public servant is a candidate for nomination or election to public office.

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