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Why wasn't Acosta arrested on conspiracy charges and/or the obstruction of justice?

In the Jeffrey Epstain case in which a pyramid scheme of international sex trafficking and abuse came to light, the FBI filed a fifty three page indictment in June 2007. However, the then Attorney-...
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Using The Great Seal of the United States, the President Flag and using The 1933 President Seal in a Non-Commercial Game

Can I use the Great Seal of the United States President Flag and 1933 President Seal in a non-commercial game in a way that I’m not breaking the law?
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Stealing from stealers

This is a follow up on a poorly phrased question. Assume a car is the only asset anyone has in this scenario. Person b steals a car from person a by forging the registration ie a fraudulent manner....
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Extradite a criminal while there is no treaty between the two countries of Iran and Canada

Thank you for considering my question. There is a criminal who has been tried in court and proven guilty and received sentences for a series of crimes including threat to kill and withdrawing money ...
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Do medical staff report wounds from rubber bullets like they do for gunshot wounds?

This question comes from a curious debate I'm in the middle of. Thankfully it's a completely wound-free debate (physically speaking). But I'm not certain if a rubber bullet wound is 'real' gunshot ...
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What are people in America legally allowed to do to prevent a law enfocement officer from killing a person who clearly poses no threat? [closed]

If, in the United States of America, you witnesses someone being actively beaten or physically abused by local law enforcement (police, sheriff deputy, etc.), or if you are getting physically injured ...
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Which is more severe in an aggravated assault case?

Is a dislocated shoulder or broken arm bone more severe? My argument is that a dislocated shoulder has potential for repeat dislocation and therefore is a more aggravated lasting injury. Which is ...
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If you were dangerously operating a vehicle, would you see death (of yourself or someone else) a possible outcome because of your actions? [closed]

If you were dangerously operating a vehicle, would you see death (of yourself or someone else) a possible outcome because of your actions? If not then why?
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Would the classic South Park song describe incest in Virginia?

As best as I can tell, Virginia law prohibits many (though not all) incestuous marriages with gender-specific nouns only (§ 20-38.1): (a) The following marriages are prohibited: ... (2) A ...
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How can I inquire about some one else's border crossing history in Canada?

Googling about accessing information about traveling and border crossing history in Canada, I could only find information about how can one, access the information about SELF history of border ...
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Has any legal system ever enforced all of its laws?

A recent Travel Stack Exchange question about an immigration provision in the federal code lead to a bunch of respondents noting that the law in question is simply not enforced, with one person openly ...
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Is bypassing a website's “rules” via proxies, VPNs, etc. illegal?

Say a site only allows users to post every 20 minutes. If I use a proxy I can post as much as the speed of the proxy/connection/"fooling" allowed to make the site think I am coming from different IPs, ...
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Can a U.S. citizen get into legal trouble if they tip off ICE as to the whereabouts of an illegal immigrant(s)?

I would like to know if a U.S. citizen, especially for those living in California, can face criminal charges from local or state authorities if they contact ICE instead of the local police to report ...
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Is it legal in the USA to create sexualized pornography of underage teens if only breasts are displayed?

The federal definition of child pornography and what constituted sexually explicit depictions came up as part of a previous question of mine. Judging from that answer it appears that the definition ...
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California requesting extradition of fugitives from a foreign country

By reading up on the law stackexchange website, I know that for California to seek extradition of any fugitives from a foreign country, it needs to go through the State Department and the Department ...
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Does pleading guilty circumvent the 'corpus delicti' rule?

The corpus delicti rule states, if I understand it correctly, that there must be evidence that a crime occured (other than a confession) before anyone can be convicted of that crime. I have found ...
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At what point do you become culpable for the content of packages addressed to you in the mail?

If someone was to address and mail a package to me that included something that was prohibited where I live either because I requested it or alternatively because they decided to for some reason ...
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Impersonation/False portrayal of character - maximum punishment?

There are 2 individuals, Person A and Person B. Let's say that A is hellbent on ruining B's life, but not in the way some/most people would think. A has stolen pretty much all of B's personal ...
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Defamation/Revenge porn

If my ex-intimate partner decides to send our intimate/couple pictures does that count as defamation act? If he does something like that, my relationship between me and my current boyfriend will end. ...
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Is the difference between the most and least severe violent crimes subjective?

An assault can be defined as anything which is perceived as injuring or threatening. A kidnapping is anything perceived as limiting someones movement. Since an assault necessarily involves a ...
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Does the ( Fruit of A Poison Vine ) Apply if police find a gun when pulled over for speeding but not ticketed?

My husband and I got pulled over. Officer said it was for speeding. My husband has past felonies,so they searched the car and found a gun (not loaded). So they charged him with possession of hand gun (...
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Is there any american law which ensures a lesser penalty to a pawn than to the mastermind of a crime?

I'm writing a story and I would like a more realistic approach on the plot. The point is: there is a lawyer doing bad things (because a mix of love and money) and he must (following orders) write all ...
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Did Cliff Booth commit crime by killing Tex and Katie?

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Cliff Booth defends himself and his friends from intruders Tex, Sadie and Katie (the Manson Family killers). First, Tex fails to shoot Cliff as Cliff's dog takes Tex ...
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Neighbor is violating laws by stalking, discriminating us, invasion of privacy,harassment, manager only writes us up. We aren't allowed to live.Help

Our neighbor has called the cops several times, we never got written up in fact the cop secretly listened to see if we were being noisy and he said he couldn't hear a peep. She told the cops she is ...
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Is it against the law for a GPS unit to alert a driver of a high crime area?

GPS units will automatically alert you when you enter into a different speed zone, but they do not alert you when you enter into a high crime area. It seems that this would be valuable information to ...
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Is “time served” applied to bail as well as jail?

It is not uncommon for "time served" in jail awaiting trial to be credited towards any sentence of incarceration for a defendant ultimately convicted of a crime. (I haven't been able to determine ...
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Crime by a citizen of another country towards USA citizens [duplicate]

If a person, citizen of country X committed a crime in which suffered a US citizen what will happen? For example, a person from country X, operating from county X, made a big fraud which resulted in ...
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Legalistic reading of passport Law

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1543 Whoever willfully and knowingly uses, or attempts to use, or furnishes to another for use any such false, forged, counterfeited, mutilated, or ...
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EU-Wide laws on Crime and Punishment (of individuals)

Although at present there is no 'Single Market' for Crime and Punishment, is there mutual recognition of Criminal Laws across all EU members, such that any offense commited in one Country is also an ...
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Is it legal to ask to be shot?

Say I ask someone to shoot me non lethally. Not assisted suicide, Just shot. Is this legal? Isn't it like asking to be assaulted with a deadly weapon?
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Would killing a human by accident (without any premeditation or intent) be considered homicide or manslaughter?

My question is a hypothetical one. I was conducting some research into the differences between murder, homicide and manslaughter and I didn't understand the difference between homicide and ...
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What happens if an inheritance is found to be the result of a crime?

What happens to my inheritance if it is later found to be the result of a crime?
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criminalise Moon landing deniers

Can people go to prison for denying a historical event?! like people who deny moon landing, or people who deny jesus? I am taking the example of denying holocaust in WWII. it is a historical event ...
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US laws: shooting an undercover cop

So this is in the interest of storytelling and writing. So we have cop A who is undercover and acting as mobster B's right hand man. Then we have bar owner C who closed down the bar, and is alone in ...
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Would Hitler have been protected by Sovereign Immunity?

So, with all the talk of sovereign immunity lately due to the coronavirus lawsuits against the Chinese government, a thought occurred to me: Would Hitler have been protected by sovereign immunity for ...
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can police accept my guilt in a state of shock?

can the police legally take my admission to a car crash when I am in a state of shock in the middle of a car crash? and if not under what act?
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Covid-19 and the possibility of an officer infecting you

With this Covid-19 pandemic in full swing and police illegally writing citations, what are my rights if I am illegally stopped and the officer is not maintaining our social distancing? In theory the ...
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Was Tiger King guilty for shooting that horse?

Jurisdiction: Oklahoma, U.S. Alleged facts: Alice can no longer afford to keep her old horse and gives it to Joe. In exchange for the horse, Joe promises Alice he will treat it well and give it a ...
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Can Banks legally use Encrypted Ledgers like in Private coins?

Seeing so much news about blockchains and banks I have a question that I may need your help. Taking in consideration the Bank Secrecy Act, can a Bank use a completely Encrypted Ledger? KYC is still ...
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Why is RKelly being sent to Prison and not my case?

I live in CA and I was sexually assaulted by my sister father around 1985 or 1986. I went to the police and made a report regarding my sister father sexually assaulting me without using a condom I ...
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Can the state change its mind about dropping charges?

If a person is indicted on criminal charges, but before trial the state decides to "drop the charges," can the state later bring the same charges? I'm actually not even certain what formal actions ...
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Zoom Bombing - What specific law is being broken (US and Canada)

In "zoom bombing" (teleconference hijacking) what specific law is being broken? Youtube's reporting feature asks to cite the specific laws are being broken? The class I witnessed being zoom bombed was ...
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Is it technically legal to take a young child into an opposite sex rest room?

It's pretty standard procedure for parents or guardians to take young children into whatever restroom is appropriate for the adult, regardless of rather that matches the sex of the child. I'm curious ...
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Does ICE have the legal authority to arrest illegal immigrants who came into hospitals due to COVID-19?

I am wondering if ICE has the legal authority to immediately arrest illegal immigrants after they have received medical care at U.S. hospitals for COVID-19. I am referring to people who voluntarily ...
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Under what conditions could a police force enlist the help of a minor?

Would it be illegal for a fourteen year old to assist the police in solving a murder in New York City? What kind of red tape would the department need to navigate in order to enlist their help?
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Can withdrawal of funds from bank account by a relative be a basis for criminal case?

A friend of mine is in need of desperate guidance. She lives in UAE and is of Indian origin. Her husband died of cancer three years ago and had 401k with Fidelity. Suspecting his year-long battle with ...
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Where is the UK Coronavirus legislation limiting movement?

The government has issued guidelines saying that we must stay inside. I understand this has now passed into law. Can anyone please point me to a copy of the legislation, and point out which sections ...
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If I develop a roll of film bought second-hand, and it contains illegal or copyrighted imagery, would I be held liable?

I found a roll of camera film in a box of old cameras purchased second-hand at a thrift store. I'm interested in having it developed. However, I'm concerned as to what might happen if there were to be ...
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Is it fraud to intentionally mislead a buyer about the value of an item for sale?

Jimmy intentionally lies to Marco by telling Marco that Jimmy has a Kennedy half-dollar that's worth $800 because Kennedy is facing left not right. The actual value of the half-dollar is only $0.50. ...
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Can someone be punished with death penalty for other reasons than murder?

In the states that have the death penalty, can Jon Doe be sentenced to death if he did not commit murder or a national security crime? I'm not asking if he could be wrongly sentenced. Let's say Jon ...

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