You Shall Go No Further: The Hobbs Act and the Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction

53 Am. Crim. L. Rev. Online 6

Matt Evola* 

The Hobbs Act  was adopted in 1946 to combat what was, at the time, most frequently referred to as “extortion,” “paying of tribute,” or, more colorfully, “highway robbery.”  Though the Hobbs Act may have been designed to affect only those “robberies” occurring on the highway, its reach has since grown much larger. In United States v. Culbert, the Supreme Court held that the Hobbs Act was not limited to acts of racketeering but included robbery and extortion traditionally addressed through state laws.  

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