Let's suppose that a person, who has no longer anything to lose and willing to drag an innocent along with him, sends money to an innocent via bank, calls the innocent person by telling them "I sent you the money for [such and such illegal act]" and hangs out immediately and blocks the innocent's number. The innocent of course, a per title, did nothing and every mean of comunication or electronic mean of the actual perpetrator is tracked, from bank accounts to phone number and social media, and the perpetrator does know this and by this is willing to involve this innocent person, and by the proper investigations, it is found that the perpetrator had contact with the innocent poor guy- What's the legal ruling on the innocent on this case? Can the innocent individual be dragged in court for messages and money he didn't ask for and for communications interactions not depending on him?

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    No one has any idea of what you're talking about. – BlueDogRanch Oct 27 at 21:45
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    Specifically, what do you mean by "dragged in court"? Sued? Tried for a crime? Required to testify as a witness? And, in what jurisdiction is all of this taking place? – Nate Eldredge Oct 27 at 21:54
  • I mean taken in court as the only person contacted by the criminal and all of this found out by tracking techniques. – abdul Oct 27 at 22:04
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    @abdul , you get 'dragged in court' for a specific crime, and within a specific jurisdiction. There are no laws (and no courts) that apply for all of earth. Some things are perfectly fine to do in China or Iran or wherever, and not in other countries. So without giving a country and a crime, your question is not answerable. – Aganju Oct 27 at 23:14
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    @abdul the whole concept of what various steps exist that might be labeled "dragged in court" is different in different jurisdictions - of which generally a court would only involved if the process reaches the last step out of many. E.g. would this result in being jailed for questioning? That can't be answered for "generic jurisdiction", the criminal law process, pressing charges, rights and treatment of suspects, even things like whether jail vs prison distinction exists - it all depends on the jurisdiction. – Peteris Oct 27 at 23:38

Let's make this concrete. You transferred $50,000 to my bank account, call me, and on the phone you say "as we agreed, I transferred $50,000 into your bank account to kill my wife". All that knowing that the police is tracing all your calls.

The police would obviously contact me. And question me. And search my home. And find that I have never done anything criminal in my life, that I don't have a gun, that there's no evidence that I'm preparing to commit a crime, and that they have nothing but hearsay that I have any intention to commit a crime.. Nothing.

So they would leave my alone after a while. I would never end up in a court. I declare that the $50,000 looks like a present to me and you can't have it back. Or more likely, that the payment was part of an unenforceable contract, and you can't have it back. I'd probably talk to the inland revenue to make sure they don't come after me. I might have to pay taxes on the $50,000.

  • Well, they have more than hearsay. They have a bank record that shows that you just took $50K from someone to kill their wife. In most jurisdictions, that would be sufficient to get you arrested and tried. It would probably be enough to get you convicted – Richard Oct 27 at 23:58
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    Richard, there is a bank record that someone paid you 50k; nothing else. As gnasher said, that is enough to get you investigated. I don't know of any system where it would get you arrested, let alone convicted – Tim Lymington supports Monica Oct 28 at 0:03
  • @Richard so anyone can get jailed and convicted for things that didn't depend on him or their items, but just on them being known by a criminal. – abdul Oct 28 at 10:03
  • @abdul - People get convicted of things they didn't do all the time. That's just the way the justice system works. You've only got three choices; like it, lump it, give money to the justice project – Richard Oct 28 at 10:10
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    I honestly find it hard to believe. Thanks anyway for your contribution. – abdul Oct 28 at 10:41

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