§61-5-5. Demanding or receiving bribes; penalty.
Any executive, legislative, judicial or ministerial officer,
or member of the Legislature, who shall demand, receive or accept
any gift, gratuity, money, testimonial or other valuable thing, or
shall exact any promise to make such gift or to pay to him, money,
testimonial or other valuable thing, or to do any act beneficial to
such officer or member of the Legislature, from any person, company
or corporation, under an agreement or understanding that his vote,
opinion, judgment or decision shall be given or withheld in any
particular manner upon a particular side of any question, cause or
proceeding, which is, or may be by law brought before him in his
official capacity, or that in such capacity he shall make any
particular nomination or appointment, or for any vote or influence
he may give or withhold as such officer or member of the
Legislature, or that such officer will fail to perform or
improperly perform any of his official, public duties, shall be
guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined
in the penitentiary not less than one nor more than ten years; and
in addition thereto such officer or member of the Legislature shall
forfeit the office then held by him and shall be forever
disqualified from holding any office or position of honor, trust or
profit in this state.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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