X. Torshun, a 21-year-old male and student at State University, used a screwdriver to break into a
home owned by Claud I. Us, the city's mayor, and his wife, Messa Lina-Us. The couple was not home during the burglary. X took a laptop computer and $500 in cash from the home. The laptop and cash belonged to Messa. Against the advice of his wife, Claud reported the burglary to the police. In the days following the burglary, X searched the filed on the computer for something of value. While searching the computer's files, he discovered video files of Messa having sex with three different men. Seizing the opportunity to make money, he contacted Messa by phone and threated to release the photos and videos if she didn't pay him $25,000. Frightened that the release of the videos would end her marriage, destroy her husband's political career, and deeply embarrass her, she agreed to pay X. Unknown to Messa, the police had X under surveillance for the burglary, had a wiretap order for his phone, overheard the conversation, and arrested him immediately following Messa's payment to him.
1. What crime(s) has X committed? Explain fully how each element of the crime(s) you identify has been satisfied.
2. Change the facts so that a different property crime that you identified in your answer to problem 1 occurs. Explain how the elements of that crime are satisfied by your facts.
3. Assume that two thieves "steal" the same amount of money from their victims. Thief A takes $1,000 in cash from the purse of a victim when she isn't looking. Thief B is a financial adviser who has been given access to a victim's bank account for the purpose of investing the victim's money. Thief B withdraws the $1,000 from the victim's account and deposits it in Thief B's bank account with the intent to keep it. Assume that neither thief has a criminal record and that they are otherwise similar, for example, in age and financial condition. Should their punishments be identical? Explain your answer fully