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whom it is given, in his action, vote, or opinion, in any public or official capacity. Pen. Code Dak. § T74. Pen. Code Cal. 15l'i)3, § 7; Pen. (‘ode Tex. 1865. art. 14-1; People v. Van de (‘.'irr. 37 App. Div. 386. S4 N. Y. Supp. 461: People v. Ward, 110 Cal. 309, 42 Pac. S94; Com. v. Heudlcy, 111 Ky. 815. 64 S. W. 744.

{{anchor+|.|BRIBERY. In criminal law. The re ceiiing or offering any uudue reward by or to any person whoinsoever, whose ordinary profession or bushiess relates to the admin- istration of public justice, in order to infinence his behavior in office, and to inciiue him to act contrary to his duty and the known rules of honesty and integiity. Hall v. Marshall, 30 Ky. 552; Walsh v. People, 65 I11. 65, 16 Am. Rep. 569; Com. v. Murray, 135 Mass. 530: Hutchinson v. State. 36 Tex. 291

The term "bribery" now extends further, and includes the oifense of giving a bri to many other classes of officeis; it applies hoth to the actor and receiver, and extends to voters, cab- inet ministers, legislators, ahcrifis, and other classes. 2 Whart. Crim. IAW, §185S.

The offense of taking any undue reward by a judge, juror, or other person concerned in the administration of justice, or by a pub- lic officer, to influence his behavior in his office. 4 Bl. Comm. 139, and note.

Bribery is the giving or receiving any un- (lue reward to influence the behavior of the person receiving such reward in the discharge of his duty, in any office of government or of Justice. Code Ga. 1882, § 4-1439.

The crime of offering any undue reward or remuneration to any public officer of the crown, or oLher person intrusted with a public duty, with a view to influence his behavior in the discharge of his duty. The taking such reward is as much bribery as the oifering it. It also sometimes signifies the taking or giving a re- ward for public office. he oifcnse is not con-

fined, as some have supposed, to judicial officers. Brown.

{{anchor+|.|BRIBERY AT ELECTIONS. The offense committed by one who gives or promises or offers money or any valuable h.iducement to an elcctor, in order to corruptly induce the latter to vote in a particular way or to abstain from voting, or as a re ward to the voter for having voted in a particular way or abstained from voting.

{{anchor+|.|BRIBOUR. goods; a thief.

One that pilfers other men's {{anchor+|.|BRICOLIS. An engine by which walls were beaten down. Blouut.

B RIDEWELL. of correction.

In England. A house

{{anchor+|.|BRIDGE. A structure erected over a river, creek, stretun, ditch, ravine, or other place, to facilitate the passage thereof; h.icluding by the term both arches and abut- mcnts. Bridge Co. v. Railroad Co., 17 Conn.


56, 42 Am. Dec. 716; Proprietors of Bridges v. Land Imp. Co., 13 N. J. Eq. 511; Rusch v. Davenport, 6 Iowa, 455; W itall v. Glou- cester County, 40 N. J. Law, 305.

A building of stone or wood crccted acrosa a river, for the common case and benefit of travelers. Jacob.

Bridges are either public or private Pal.- llc bridges are such as form a part of the highway, comnion, according to their char- actor as foot, horse, or carriage bridges, to the public generally, with or without toil. State v. Street, 117 Ala. 203, 23 South. 8117: Everett v. Bailey. 150 Pa. 152 24 Atl. 700; Rex v. Bucks County, 12 East, 201.

A private bridge is one which is not open to the use of the public generally, and does not form part of the highway, but is reserved for the use of those who erected it, or their successors, and their licensees. Itex v. Buds: County, 12 East, 192

{{anchor+|.|BRIDGE-MASTERS. Persons chosen by the citizens, to have the care and super- vision of bridges, and having certai.n fees and profits belonging to their office, as in the case of London Bridge.

{{anchor+|.|BRIDLE ROAD. In the location of a private way laid out by the seiectmen, and accepted by the town, a desciiption of it as a “bridle road” does not confine the right of way to a particular class of animals or apeclal mode of use. Flagg v. Flagg, 16 Gray (Mass) 175.

{{anchor+|.|BRIEF. In general. A written docu- ment; :1 letter: a writing in the form of a letter. A summary, ahstract, or epitome. A condensed statement of some larger docu- ment, or of a series of papers. facts, or propositious.

An epitome or condensed summary of the facts and circumstances, or propositions of law, constituting the case proposed to be set up by either party to an action about to be tried or argued.

In English practice. A document prepared by the attorney, and given to the burrister, before the trial of a cause, for the instruction and guidance of the latter. It contains, in general, all the information necessary to enable the barrister to successfully conduct their clients case in court, such as a stateinent of the facts, a summary of the pleadings, the names of the Witnesses, and an outline of the evidence expected from them, and any suggestions arising out of the peculiarities of the case.

In American practice. A written or printed document, prepared by counsel to serve as the basis for an argument upon a cause in an appellate court, and usually filed for the information of the Court. It enibnd ies the points of law which the counsel dc-

sires to establish, together with the argu-