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What is the right move to take against a criminal who has been convicted but has managed to escape? [closed]

Thank you for reading this question, I am new here and I hope I can find the answer to my very complicated case here. I have been victimized by a dangerous criminal for multiple crimes and have some ...
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Could the former publisher of the LA Times have been charged with extortion for using a damaging audio recording against his former employer?

Story here: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/12/675961765/tribune-tronc-and-beyond-a-slur-a-secret-payout-and-a-looming-sale In summary, after being fired from the LAT, Davan Maharaj threatened to sue ...
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White Collar Financial Crime Storyline Wanted [closed]

I am writing a novel and I'm looking for some suggestions from people who know the law (I know very little!). The novel is set in Vancouver, BC (Canada). The protagonist in the story is a partner in a ...
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Are there algorithms of search for reasonable grounds to suspect?

Is there a consensus with regard to what actions provide sufficient grounds to suspect the involvement in criminal activity of the suspected individual? I believe, if there was an algorithm dictating ...
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What constitutes having a history of violent behavior against the person or another according to Maryland firearms law?

According to Maryland statutes, Title 5, Subtitle 2, § 5-205 (b) (6) (my emphasis), someone who suffers from a mental disorder as defined in § 10-101(i)(2) of the Health - General Article and has a ...
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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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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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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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Illegal to threaten suicide in California?

I live in California and today I was at a store where they overcharged me for a product (the product was literally marked a different price than what they keyed in). I didn't catch it until it had ...
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Can a lawyer subject the court to a (temporarily) ruse for a legitimate purpose?

This question is about the legality of a possible defence tactic that might be used in a criminal trial. It is a variation on things you see in lawyer movies fairly commonly. Suppose that a criminal ...
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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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Not showing up in public index [closed]

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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Prosecuting prison escapees

Would the actual escape from a state prison ever incur federal investigation, federal charges, and/or federal prosecution? If not, who investigates, charges, and prosecutes escapees for escaping from ...
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Why is there a 'statute of limitation' for sex crimes?

As I understand it, there is no statute of limitations for murder: in contrast sex crimes (rape) have time limits to prosecute. Is there a line of reasoning to decide which classes of crime have a ...
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Is opening a blog, publishing technological/educational content on it and earning money via blogger earning methods like AdSense legal?

I am planning to open a blog website and publish technology-based educational content as articles in Turkish language on it. Topics I'll cover are Microsoft and Linux system administration, cyber ...
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Is the weight of the container included in the weight of drugs?

In this video a suspect has a can of soda with a bag of cocaine inside. While trying to get the guy to admit to possession, a police officer tells the suspect that the weight of the entire package ...
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Is a conditional threat still a true threat?

In the US, can attaching a condition to a threat have any bearing on whether it's a true threat or not? In other words, is there are difference between the following threats, in terms of criminal law: ...
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Getting a warrant for DNA

In the US, if the police want to get a warrant to force someone to give a DNA sample in a murder investigation, is it always required that they must already have a suspect DNA sample to compare it to (...
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Would conditioning wildlife to harrass someone playing music too loud risk legal repercussions?

This XKCD comic jokingly suggest training wildlife to harass people playing music too loud in their car: I'm pretty sure no one is actually considering a solution like this, but it made me curious ...
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Is this hearsay?

In this situation, the attorney is attempting to find out on direct exam. whether the witness had a conversation with the defendant, who is being sued for securities fraud, about business matters: ...
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UK: Can someone record or broadcast over the phone a private conversation from outside of the room where this conversation is take a place?

By the UK law can someone record or broadcast over the phone a private or business conversation from outside of the room where this conversation is take a place?
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Who bears the burden of proof of a mitigating circumstance if the statute does not state it?

If a statute states a mitigating or negating circumstance to a criminal charge, who has the burden of proof, the prosecution or the defense? For example, if a state statute says that it is criminal ...
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How it is with a right to solicitor after arrest and in custody?

I would like to find out how it is with a right to solicitor after arrest and in custody? I demanded a lawyer but I was not allowed to meet him personally and actions were continued and I was forced ...
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Time Limit for Negligent Charges [closed]

If it was just discovered that, 8 years ago, someone unknowingly gave medicine to another to cure an STD - that they weren't aware they had - is it still possible to press charges in the state of ...
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Criminal record in a country affecting the other ones

If a person commits a crime (whatever it may be, let's assume theft) in a country as a tourist, will the crime be recorded in their actual country as well? And what if the person commits a crime in ...
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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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Is it legal to pretend to be under a certain age to catch pedophiles

I have been in alot of trouble with police lately doing illegal actions to catch criminals. I was thinking of trying something else but I want to make sure that it is legal to do this stuff and what I ...
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Can US drone strike pilots be charged with murder?

Can a case against a US serviceman be brought before the Federal government against those responsible for killings in war zones, like drone operators?
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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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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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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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