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Can US drone strike pilots be charged with murder?

Can a case be brought before the Federal government to convict those responsible for killings in war zones, like drone operators?
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Most psychotic ways to cause someone to be arrested

I am trying to get somebody arrested, I have reported them for drug use and tax evasion but police don't care. The ways I can see are: File a unserved lawsuit, wait the statute of limitations for ...
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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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Would something like the holocaust be legal today

Would a holocaust in the us that killed six million jews be legal as long as it was justified using existing legislation such as national security? Would any attempt to change these laws afterwards ...
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Is it legal for me to prototype simulated gambling software in England?

I am a programmer in England, and am potentially interested in one day working to open a licensed online casino. I have several ideas about products I would like to work on, but am a bit confused as ...
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misleading advertising

I was purchasing a product off a website and the product only had one in stock, but it turns out the product was already sold and the product had still been up for quite some time after the purchase, ...
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Where can I find the verdict of Harvey Weinstein's trial?

I want to find raw information about Harvey Weinstein's trial. Verdict, protocol, court documents, etc. Preferably from an official government source. Help or links appreciated
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Quitclaim reversal in Washington state. Statue of limitations? Options? Legal recourse?

My question involves real estate located in the State of: Washington My home, has been hostilely taken over. It appears after my home was legally purchased and transferred into my name, that a ...
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Drivers licenses:What States is it UnConstitutional to use fees to suspend DL's (beyond VA, TN)?

Drivers licenses:What States is it UnConstitutional to use fees to suspend DL's (beyond VA, TN)? 2018-12 VA lawmakers vote to eliminate driver's license suspensions over fees www.whsv.com/content/...
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Federal judge sets aside jury verdict

In a recent case involving an accusation of extortion, a Federal judge set aside a guilty verdict by the jury. Why was the case even being heard by a judge, rather than an appellate court? From the ...
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Can sitting US Senators violate the Logan Act?

The Logan Act (18 USC 953) is pretty stark in its language: Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or ...
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Not showing up in public index

My fiance got arrest a week ago for a failure to appear for 2011 but he did time and even got a public defender and released on bond but when you look in the public index it only shows up a charge ...
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If a police officer has taken the keys of my car away from me, who are the police allowed to return them to?

I was accused of stealing from a store from a worker so she tried to stop me from driving away. I was later arrested by the police because she claimed that I was attempting to harm her with my car. ...
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In Canada, is there an individual cause of action against a perjurer or police?

Consider the situation where a person commits perjury by falsely asserting a material fact in court that goes against your case.1 In Canada, could you sue the perjurer? Suppose you lost your job, ...
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Would it be legal to eat cultured human meat?

A common trope in science fiction is that in the future meat is grown as a tissue culture in vats rather than as part of a living animal. This is obviously more humane as nothing with a brain has to ...
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Is it illegal to report a potentially illegal website to a message board (Reddit)?

As a hypothetical question, I've accidentally stumbled upon a website that may contain illegal underaged material. Due to a lapse in judgement, I posted/reported this to Law-based Reddit forum to ...
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Why *must* a defendant be present during a criminal trial?

The Sixth Amendment guarantees: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.... I recently discovered that, in general, these ...
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When does trepassing warning expire?

Somebody tells me to not come on their property. When does the warning expire? The statute of limitations is about a year, is that enough?
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Was cannabis legal in the U.S. in 1969-1970?

In 1969, Timothy Leary challenged the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 in Leary v. The United States. Leary claimed that the requirement to have a tax stamp to possess cannabis, while also requiring ...
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Drinking alcohol before DUI inspection

As a hypothetical question: A driver crashes his or her car and anticipates that the police will eventually come and conduct a field sobriety test. The driver then, after the crash has occurred and ...
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What will happen if someone/a group can't be confirmed that they commited a crime?

What will happen if (Bob) with 6 friends murder a person (Jake) in a room with 20 people, but after the police arrive they can't confirm which people in the room committed the crime? What will happen ...
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Consequences of making changes to plea after all parties have signed the agreement

Can a prosecutor make changes to a plea deal once all parties have signed? For example: If someone was to plea (deal) to and was convicted of manslaughter. However then the prosecutor changed the ...
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One crime multiple charges?

I often read in the "papers" that a suspect is charged with multiple counts of the same crime. Latest example are the parents of Andrew Freund, according to this article, each parent is facing "five ...
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if im arrested and in the back seat how far can the police break traffic laws?

I was arrested and placed in the back of the cop car. They didn't put on my seat belt. They ran 7 red lights and went in speeds of 97 miles an hour on the freeway. When is it crossing the line? Is ...
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(How) Can a state be accountable for murder?

Premise: The fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi has said the world has failed to hold Saudi Arabia to account There are quite a lot of cases when agents of a state can kill (with or without sanction) an ...
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Can I be charged for murder if I throw peanuts at someone who has a severe peanut allergy and they die as a result of that?

Assuming I already knew that they had a peanut allergy, and my intention was to hurt them, but not necessarily to kill them.
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Does fleeing across the county line actually work for the Dukes of Hazzard?

A common feature on that old Dukes of Hazzard show was the idea that once them good old Duke boys crossed the county line, they'd be safe from the mean old sheriff and his deputy. Under what ...
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Can I legally trap someone on my property that has committed a crime?

Let's say that someone comes onto your property with the intent to commit a crime. Not only that; let's say that you suspected this person would come to commit a crime, and you created a one-way door ...
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At what point could courts in England no longer legally create new Common Law offenses?

Common Law offenses, of course, were crimes created solely through case law rather than statute. At what point was the legal authority of courts in England to create new Common Law offenses abolished?...
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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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How would the actions of Hänsel and Gretel in the Grimm tale be interpreted in modern law?

This came up as a layman’s law question. I thought of this when reading the classic Grimm tale Hänsel and Gretel to my children. The situation is as follows: The witch imprisons Hänsel with the ...
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Is an abuse of power necessarily a criminal offence?

Trying to make sense of the conflicting opinions regarding the 2020 impeachment proceedings in the USA. In particular, is the claim that an abuse of power does not necessarily has to be a criminal ...
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Is it a crime to shoot a kidnapper who is in the process of kidnapping your child?

If someone was in the process of kidnapping your baby and you were chasing after that person, if you have a gun on you and you use it to shoot that person and then that person dies, would you be ...
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What evidence is needed to arrest someone on a restraining order?

My ex boyfriend approached me in violation of the order. Nobody I know was around. Police said I need to file a violation with the court I obtained the order. Is this a civil or criminal matter and ...
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Is ban evasion illegal?

What is the legality of "Ban Evasions"? This sounds like a dumb question but perhaps enlighten the ignorant. Ban Evasion, "The creation of a new account on a platform or website after being ...
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Why are private game servers illegal?

Over on Arqade we were discussing a question which was asking about private servers for a game called World of Warcraft. The discussion was about if using and/or hosting a private server is illegal ...
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Writing a story. A criminal is on the border of a state with different drug possession laws

The character is leaning his head across state lines and getting high of an unknown substance, which isn't federally scheduled, and is legal in one state, but illegal in another. In the illegal state, ...
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If the law specifically disallows a criminal charge under a condition, does it still go before a jury if the condition is met?

I have a friend who has been charged with criminal threatening. This kind of law is not supposed to be applied when a person makes a threat against someone attacking them. In NH the phraseology is as ...
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How do you file a criminal complaint when the police refuse to file the complaint?

Lets say that Bob has a problem with a high ranking member of the local government (Mayor, Police Chief, etc). After several protests of the local government and encounters/arrests by the Police, Bob ...
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How does one get a Personal Violence Order against someone whose name is not known?

According to the local courts in the Northern Territory, to apply for a PVO the defendant's name and address is required. How does one go about getting a PVO against a neighbour whose name no one in ...
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When does a warning become a threat?

The other day while on a vacation I drove past a property and saw a sign that read Trespassers Will Be Shot On Site I've never seen a sign such as that, I was a little taken back. After some ...
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Is taking an injured person to a hospital without their consent kidnapping?

I found this definition of "kidnapping" on Google: kidnap, verb. Take (someone) away illegally by force, typically to obtain a ransom. Synonyms: abduct, carry off, capture, seize, snatch, take ...
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Drug dealer & criminal signed the lease agreement

Say someone signs a lease with someone else. For clarity the drug dealers name will be Mike and other persons name will be Steve. Now Mike begins to drug deal and do drugs inside the house along with ...
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Is it illegal to create code that causes damage to a computer system?

I'm reading about the Computer Abuse Amendments Act of 1994 and I just read: 'it is illegal to create any type of malicious code that might cause damage to a computer system.' Can someone clarify ...
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Rape video on phone

This question is for England-and-Wales only and relates to criminal Law. If the police were to search a suspect's phone, although I doubt it makes any difference as to whatever the device is, what ...
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If a potential suspect wishes to speak to the police and can't afford a lawyer what is the safest way to do so?

Let's say that an individual, let's call him Bob, has been contacted by the police who want to speak to him about an associate of his that was recently murdered. Bob is not under arrest, but Bob ...
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Where do I go when police refuse to investigate someone who made purchases with my debit card?

A few months ago, my debit card information was stolen and used to purchase some computer equipment in the state of Oklahoma, but the perpetrator lives in the state of Florida and I live in the State ...
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1980s California murder trial transcript

I'm not a legal student or scholar, but I'm looking to get my hands on a full transcript of a California murder trial from the 1980s in which the defendant recieved the death penalty. Since the LA ...
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Double Jeopardy with grooming

I was reading an article about a paedophile in Scotland that abused teenagers in the UK but also the USA through the internet. Here is a link to the news story Independent article Given that some of ...
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Isn't all fraud criminal?

Isn't all fraud technically criminal, and whatever you can sue for civil fraud could also be sued by the government as criminal fraud? Is it just a matter of whatever the government decides to ...

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