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Why are Florida prosecutors filing for manslaughter rather than murder in the case of Michael Drejka?

Florida prosecutors filed to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter rather than murder in August 2018. If convicted of manslaughter, Drejka can be sentenced to up to 30 years rather than receive ...
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Can a pro se defendant make statements of fact in his opening and closing arguments?

If a defendant in a criminal case testifies on the stand, then they must submit to cross examination, which is not good for them. However, if a defendant is conducting his case pro se, then can he ...
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What will I be charged with in Manhattan, New York?

I conspired with Daisy to steal a NYSE work badge/access card from Sanjay and Daisy replaces his badge with a fake one. I impersonate Sanjay (make my appearance like his) and sneak into the NYSE with ...
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Lying in Court in the UK

A defendant did not turn up to court, instead he sent in his partner as a defense witness. The partner told lies about a prosecution witness, the victim. They were provable lies. For example, she ...
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Theory: Murder in neutral waters by person without citizenship?

Theoretical question: Murder in neutral waters by person without citizenship? Will person be prosecuted? What if victim is also a person without citizenship?
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How would different countries handle the Sim Lim scam case? [on hold]

This articles describes a case in which people charge more by making the extra cost hidden in a thick contract document. Customers that do not read carefully sign. Obviously it's a scam. But in ...
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Likelihood of jury selection procedure in this story

I had some questions about how jury selection works upon reading the following story that was shared to Facebook: A couple of years ago I got called for jury duty and made it through a couple of ...
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No evidence is required for an indictment by a grand jury?

I just read the indictment of Christopher Collins, a congressman, for relaying insider information on a company with publicly traded stock, and for "lying" to a federal agent, ie for denying he ...
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Why is Sim Lim Scammer in Jail even though technically his victims agree?

https://coconuts.co/singapore/news/33-months-jail-sim-lim-square-conman-jover-chew-whos-getting-treatment-depression/ Sim Lim scammer is in jail for "scamming". That one is obvious. We sort of know ...
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Should I fight City Trash Citation for tenants trash

I own a quadplex in Cincinnati. Only 2 of the 4 units were occupied, but a tenant moved out on Monday, so I'm down to 1. The one that just moved out put all their trash by the road, not in a bin. My ...
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Can a judge put me under oath for closing statements?

For a municipal traffic ticket trial in USA, can a judge put me under oath as I am about to give a closing statement? I declined to testify and accepted to give a closing statement instead. The judge ...
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Public defenders not getting discovery evidence in sufficient time, is this Court Misconduct?

In my legal situation described here, I called the public defender several times ahead of the first pretrial meeting requesting to meet with him and let him know the truth, the broader case (the ...
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Does a judge receiving information from a provider need to give it to both prosecutor AND defense, in criminal law/cases?

I'm having difficulty in that I accepted a no-contest plea for a (supposed) harassment charge, and agreed to do either A) 8 days in jail or B) do a domestic violence evaluation and courses depending ...
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Can a police officer ban a person from a public park?

Can a Utah police officer ban a person from a public park even if the person is only suspected of breaking the Law?
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Cps named suspect identified victim supports but evidential difficulties [closed]

I have been reading crime output and this is one of the case output in the UK. What does it mean? Does it mean that the case is closed or still open? Is this outcome after the police interviewed ...
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why is a person allowed to lie in court and get away with it?

In a court of law, the defendant can tell as much lies as she wants in order to vindicate herself of the charges. But if the court finds them guilty, the false explanations that the person had given ...
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how to establish causation and intent?

In a scenario where something analogous to, but probably not exactly, the Mosquito alarm has been used, and that usage has resulted in hearing problems, how, generally, would a private prosecution ...
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Is there any country or state where the intellectual author of a homicide has twice or more the penalty than the physical author?

Discussing about what's worse, being the planner of a homicide or the actual killer, I found a proposal in a country for the planner to have twice the penalty of the killer. Is there any country or ...
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When was pretrial detention first declared constitutional?

I assume that early on in American history, pretrial detention was at some point challenged for its constitutionality. Is that the case? I have also heard that pretrial detention is illegal as a ...
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Switching sides

I'm writing a drama and need some help. Can a criminal lawyer in a rape case switch sides from the person they are representing to the victim if they have been fired by their client?
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Is it murder to kill someone who's just about to die?

A person is falling into a pool of lava. If another person were to shoot them as they're falling, would the killer be charged for murder?
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Where is the “fantasist” defense taught?

I have noticed that in order to discredit a witness, instead of simply saying someone is a liar, the defense will call the person a "fantasist". This brings to mind some child-like person going on ...
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Can you pursue legal action for a potential user who keeps coming back even after being banned from an internet platform?

I run my own web site and I've also been part of a few social media platforms owned by private citizens and small business owners. They usually have administrative rules to prevent bullying, ...
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Any solid research on error rate of criminal conviction system: jury vs judges?

To my knowledge most countries use one of two systems for determining the guilt of the accused in criminal cases: “jury of your peers” (who don’t have to justify their decision) vs “judg(es), possibly ...
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Is stolen property being seen on my property grounds for a search warrant?

So this happened a few years ago in a college town in California. A police officer came to the door of the house I was living in, and told us that someone had stolen a large theta from the front of a ...
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Course of action in a criminal case when there is no conceivable defense

I am not a lawyer or a law student; my work is in mathematics, but I like to learn about criminal law as a hobby. I have spent some time googling and searching to find an answer to my question but ...
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Is there anything I can do legally when my daughter lets her boyfriend in our home without our permission?

My daughter is 16, and my wife and I just found she's been sneaking her boyfriend (who is 17) into our house while we're not home. His parents don't seem to be doing anything about it. Does this ...
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Can a child sell things in a public place without a permit?

Allison Ettel, dubbed "Permit Patty," was under fire after calling the police on an 8-year-old selling water bottles without a permit. People of the Internet got really pissed at her. Legally ...
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Can a local police officer (or local DA) charge someone with breaking a federal law?

Can a local police officer (or local DA) charge someone with breaking a federal law or can they only charge suspects with violating state laws?
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I'm stealing a water from my roomate [closed]

My roomate hasn't arrived yet and I haven't met him yet but a big package of water in plastic bottles has been delivered to the room for him. My metal reusable water bottle is moldy and I didn't get a ...
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Is it illegal to throw water or soda on people?

Yesterday, some guy took a diner's soda and threw it on him for wearing a political hat. Is that considered a crime, or is it ok to throw liquids on people? I know that protesters used to throw pies ...
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Carrying a Sgian Dubh - UK

There is a LOT of conflicting information on this subject online, mostly revolving around whether or not traditional dress is "sufficient reason" to carry what is essentially a knife in public. My ...
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Why was video evidence released after the trial ended in the Daniel Shaver murder case?

From the wikipedia article it states: On May 25, 2016, Myers ordered portions of the video released. The released video omits the shooting itself. The full unedited body camera footage of the ...
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When is a trial considered to have happened vis-a-vis double jeopardy?

When is a trial considered to have happened vis-a-vis double jeopardy? In other words, at one point is a person considered to be tried for an offense and cannot be tried again? At the arraignment or ...
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US Criminal law - what if the appeal moves blame from one defendant to another?

Suppose two people, A and B, are accused of some criminal activity, and the court decides that A is to blame, while B is blameless. Now, suppose that A knows that B is the one to blame, while he is ...
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Were laws broken, can I use in civil or small claims?

Long story short my girlfriend of 5 years how to debit card to my savings account and every payday I would deposit $500 into the savings account for her to use and this went on for approximately the ...
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Illegal to buy dermal fillers over the internet in the U.S.A.?

I know a med student and can buy dermal fillers for much cheaper online than paying a doctor. I could buy them from other countries, but is this illegal to do? Injectable fillers/dermal fillers/etc.
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Is illegally crossing the U.S. border a “serious” crime?

First, I'll acknowledge that "serious" is subjective, however there is (probably) consensus that sentences imposed are reflective of the seriousness of a crime. USAtoday (6-18-18) USA TODAY ...
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I would like to opt out of owning guns

If a person had and will never have a use for gun and wanted to insure nobody can use his identity to potentially buy one (through identity theft, for example), would that be possible? Obviously ...
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Can a jury find guilt based mainly on “mens rea?”

In the actual Frank Quattrone case, the conviction of the investment banker was overturned by an appeallate court, because the trial judge had wrongly instructed the jury to disregard "mens rea" (...
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Plea Deals and Pardon

Assume that a defendant (assume Paul Manafort or other indicted figure in the Mueller investigation) accepts a plea deal that requires their cooperation in related cases. The terms of the deal are ...
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Is one liable if illegal material is found on one's own server?

This question was prompted by a news article I read earlier today, in which a person described the dilemma they faced on discovering illegal material had been stored by an unidentified third party on ...
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Can a Secret Service detail protect their charge against law enforcement?

I read questions about this on various websites, usually about someone with the initials D.T., but it is a good general question. A protectee is guarded by their Secret Service detail against people ...
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Is that illegal to settle with money?

I live in California. It is illegal for people record my video and voice in a private area without my permission. In a normal situation, I think that I can call police. However, can I ask the ...
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Is it ILLEGAL to download voyeuristic pornographic videos from websites?

Is it ILLEGAL to download and view voyeuristic pornographic videos from websites. KNOWING that the subjects are 18+.
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How to mention a possibility of litigation/prosecution without accidentally making a “demand with menaces”, in English criminal law?

In English Law, extortion and blackmail are described under section 21 Theft Act 1968, as an "unwarranted demand with menaces", There's criteria and definitions, but they don't seem to matter much ...
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Is is possible to be prosecuted for lying about race on the US Census?

Lying on a US Census is a federal crime. But according the US Census online docs about race: An individual’s response to the race question is based upon self-identification. The Census Bureau does ...
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Is my record still clean?

Imagine this hypothetical: I was in fight with a male relative and I hit him on the back in front of officer, (who came because the neighbor was reported for screaming). The officer grabbed my arm, ...
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To what extent would a civil court defer to a criminal court (jury) decision?

To what extent does the doctrine of stare decisis bind civil courts to the decisions, especially the jury determinations, of criminal courts? If someone was convicted of an act that was both a crime ...
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Can the police require you to sit if you are not under arrest

In the following video, the narrative is that the police asked the young man to switch off his phone. He refused. They asked him to sit down. He refused. They then used violence to put him on the ...