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embracery (em-BRAY-suh-ree) noun, also imbracery.

An attempt to influence a jury illegally as by bribery, threats, or promises. One guilty of embracery is known as an embraceor.

[From Middle English embracerie, ultimately from em- + brace (the two arms).]

"A Columbia County man pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of embracery, an illegal attempt to influence a juror, in his drunken-driving trial." Mayor's Bucks Back Skyfest; Augusta Chronicle (Georgia); Sep 27, 2002.

"Further, every night the non-sequestered civil jury went home where they were exposed to the local and nationally syndicated radio and television talk shows and also the Los Angeles Times... is a form of embracery, the act of attempting to influence a juror or jury in its most high-tech form." Dennis Schatzman; Race, Media, American Law and O.J. Simpson; Sentinel (Los Angeles, California); Apr 30, 1997.

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