Police captain: The chief of police has indicated that gifts of cash or objects valued at more than $100 count as gra...

hannahnaylor5 on October 14, 2019

Answer B

Could I get more of an explanation for why B is the best answer? Like what kind of other instances of graft could there have been?

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Irina on October 14, 2019


The argument tells us that gifts of cash/ objects valued above $100 count as graft, and on the basis of this definition alone, the chief concludes that there is no graft in his precinct. The issue is that graft generally involves any situation where a public official receives a benefit in the course of his official duties where no benefit is expected, e.g. a politician offered a police officer's relative a lucrative job in exchange for dropping the investigation, or a company executive shared insider information about an upcoming business deal that would increase the stock price. Essentially, a gift of cash/ $100 + objects is a sufficient condition for graft but not a necessary one. Since the chief fails to consider other instances of graft, the argument is flawed.

Let me know if this makes sense or if you have any further questions.