2019 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 16 - Offenses Against Administration of Government
Part 1 - Bribery
§ 39-16-107. Bribing a witness.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-16-107 (2019)
  • (a) A person commits an offense who:

    • (1) Offers, confers or agrees to confer anything of value upon a witness or a person the defendant believes will be called as a witness in any official proceeding with intent to:

      • (A) Corruptly influence the testimony of the witness;

      • (B) Induce the witness to avoid or attempt to avoid legal process summoning the witness to testify; or

      • (C) Induce the witness to be absent from an official proceeding to which that witness has been legally summoned; or

    • (2) Is a witness or believes the person will be called as a witness in any official proceeding and solicits, accepts or agrees to accept anything of value upon an agreement or understanding that:

      • (A) The witness's testimony will be corruptly influenced;

      • (B) The witness will attempt to avoid legal process summoning the witness to testify; or

      • (C) The witness will attempt to be absent from an official proceeding to which the witness has been legally summoned.

  • (b) This section does not apply to the payment of additional compensation to an expert witness over and above the amount otherwise prescribed by law to be paid a witness.

  • (c) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to nullify or repeal any contempt power of any judge of any court of this state.

  • (d) Bribing a witness is a Class C felony.

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