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4.1-3  Bribery of a Labor Official -- § 53a-158

Revised to December 1, 2007

The defendant is charged [in count ___] with bribery of a labor official.  The statute defining this offense reads in pertinent part as follows: 

a person is guilty of bribery of a labor official if (he/she) (offers / confers upon / agrees to confer upon) a labor official any benefit with intent to influence (him/her) in respect to any of (his/her) acts, decisions or duties as such labor official.

For you to find the defendant guilty of this charge, the state must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:  

Element 1 - Benefit to a labor official
The first element is that the defendant (offered / conferred upon / agreed to confer upon) a benefit upon a labor official.  "Benefit" means monetary advantage, or anything regarded by the beneficiary as a monetary advantage, including benefit to any person or entity in whose welfare the beneficiary is interested.  A "labor official" means any duly appointed or elected representative of a labor organization or any duly appointed or elected trustee or representative of an employee welfare trust fund. 

Element 2 - Intent to influence
The second element is that in (offering / conferring upon / agreeing to confer upon) a benefit, the defendant specifically intended to influence the labor official in respect to any of (his/her) acts, decisions or duties as a labor official.

You must find that the state has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant acted with the specific intent to influence the labor official in respect to any of (his/her) acts, decisions or duties as such labor official.  A person acts "intentionally" with respect to a result when (his/her) conscious objective is to cause such result.  <See Intent: Specific, Instruction 2.3-1.> 

Conclusion

In summary, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that 1) the defendant (offered / conferred upon / agreed to confer upon) a benefit upon a labor official, and 2) the defendant did so with the intent to influence the labor official in respect to any of (his/her) acts, decisions or duties as a labor official.

If you unanimously find that the state has proved beyond a reasonable doubt each of the elements of the crime of bribery of a labor official, then you shall find the defendant guilty.  On the other hand, if you unanimously find that the state has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt any of the elements, you shall then find the defendant not guilty.
 


 

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