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Could a prosecutor agree to allow a defendant to plead guilty to a crime they knew they had not committed, per this “Law and Order: SVU” episode?

In the 9th episode of series 15 of "Law and Order: SVU", a serial rapist offers to plead guilty to a rape which he did not commit, while refusing to plead guilty to a series of rapes which ...
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Civil complaint

If while I was applying on my rental application. Can your landlord say your criminal background check, came back without no felonies? Basically lie to you to get you to rent at there complex?
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is this interstate fraud

a company advertises a brand new 1957 car. they claim to have several in stock and will ship it right away. they know they don't have those cars and cant get them because they don't exist and never ...
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how common are federal misdemeanor charges?

According to https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/hollywood-man-arrested-on-federal-charge-after-his-drone-crashed-with-an-lapd-helicopter/2466525/ a man was recently arrested on a federal ...
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Why does the monetary fine portion of a law seem so much less severe than the prison time?

I have over time seen many US laws where the text reads a penalty of $1000 or 1 year imprisonment. The latest one I’ve seen was on my Twitter feed: But I’ve seen many like this over the years. Is ...
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Can I be subjected to physical punishment by the police in the US as long as it is outside criminal proceeding?

In Ingraham v. Wright, the US Federal Supreme Court ruled that it had "limited the application of the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual language to criminal punishment". Can I be ...
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How will the “stop and identify” statute work in New Hampshire in this particular hypothetical?

I asked this question before but it was closed. So I will try to be here more specific. I have read the stop and identify statutes wikipedia page. In this page there is written that: In 12 states (...
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How does “stop and identify statutes” work in the US? [duplicate]

I was watching this video. The video is pretty long, but basically it is alleged that a guy keeps harrassing a men that is eating in a restaurant (calling him repeatedly, etc.). The man calls the ...
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How can a person sue oneself?

Either in USA California or in India (choose whichever you like) can a person sue oneself back for damages? Has anyone ever defamed themselves and then sued themselves for defamation?
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Chilling drinks in stores prior to purchasing them?

I'm sure we've mostly all noticed some "not cold" items like drinks and stuff in stores that are on display, but not readily chilled. Given that I grab it and hide/tuck it in one of the ...
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What are the difference in obfuscated contract laws between Indonesia and other Countries?

In general, people can write any contract they want. In practice, many people agree to a contract without even reading. Even those that read carefully may miss important terms if the writers of the ...
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What is the legality of Police Union “Get Out of Jail Free Cards”?

Background I recently read an article about donators and friends of police unions being given passes, which allows them to be let off of the hook for small crimes, such as traffic tickets. Questions ...
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Do security guards have any actual power?

Consider this scenario. You are sitting on a sidewalk by a casino. A security guard issues a warning and then attacks you. They grab you and take you into the casino, becuase they are too lazy to take ...
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What happens to someone who’s committed a murder in the UK?

What happens to someone who’s committed a murder in the UK? Assume that the person will be caught.
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Does a victim being asked questions by police need a lawyer?

First, this is not a situation I or anyone I know of is in. It's a hypothetical, and an attempt to clarify common legal advice in the USA like "never talk to the police without a lawyer." ...
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Can a person purposely provoke someone to hit him and then report a crime?

Say someone purposely provokes another person by insulting him, knowing that this person is easily provoked. The provoked person then hits him. Can the person then report a crime or even file a civil ...
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Judge's change of sentence

In a criminal case, can a Judge change his sentence to give a lesser punishment for the crime committed on request of the lawyer of the client who had filed the case? Example: The Judge has given a ...
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Suing an Airline Over lost luggage [closed]

I have been back and forth with this Arline company that lost my luggage back in 2015. They keep forwarding me to different people and asking for the same information over and over and never pay me. ...
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Is it a crime to veil the real price of a product to save sales commissions?

I am currently involved in a discussion in some Internet forum. One aspect of this discussion is the question if the following situation is punishable (or a crime) in at least one US state: There is ...
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How does the law is the way jury interpret it works?

I've heard that there is a legal principle in US. The law is interpreted the way the jury thinks is true, and not necessarily the way the framers of the law want. For example, if the law says you ...
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Could someone be found guilty of hit-and-run in Calfornia if they didn't know they hit something?

Suppose someone were accused of hitting another vehicle with their vehicle. Suppose that the vehicle were sufficiently loud, bouncy, and difficult to maneuver (for instance, a 1970 Ford F250) that the ...
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Powers of Entry when it is summary-only offence

I was watching this YouTube video by Crimebodge. At 10:10 he explains that the police only have powers of entry to arrest somebody for indictable offences (like rape), and not for summary offences (...
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Can a pardon be issued clandestinely?

Say there exists some individual who is in danger of prosecution for federal crimes, though it's not yet certain what the exact charges will be, nor even whether the indictment will be made at all. ...
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In Canada, can a jury convict you of a crime that wasn't oringially charged?

Can you be charged with one crime, but convicted on a different crime? For example, could one be charged with first-degree murder, but be found guilty by a jury of second-degree murder? Could one be ...
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Mayor forged hotel receipt while drunk

Our mayor forged the name, room number and signature of another councilor on a hotel bar tab. According to a taxpayer funded independent investigation he wrote the room number of the other councilman, ...
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Does this constitute reportable suspected criminal activity to FBI or local police authorities?

Suppose the following situation: Let's say while Person A was in another state, Person A's acquaintance (who we'll refer to as Jane Doe) texted him in the very late nighttime (after midnight) that ...
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Is publication of classified information enough for a journalist to be compelled to reveal sources?

Based on my research so far, the United States has a rather interesting relationship with the press. Reporter's privilege is well-established in the case law, and every state except Wyoming has shield ...
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hearing date keeps getting extended - Ukraine

Sequence of events: November 2019: Person A and Person B are caught shoplifting at a major grocery chain in Lviv December 2019 - February 2020: Deposition/Discovery happens. First hearing. They plead ...
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If a judge evidences a misunderstanding of the law is that grounds for an appeal?

In criminal matters, if a judge makes statements during oral arguments that clearly show that the judge has a misunderstanding of the case law pertaining to the matter at hand, can the judge's ...
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Can someone be charged with the murder of unidentified victims?

I've been watching "Des", ITV's dramatisation of the arrest and trial of serial killer Dennis Nielsen. The police seem desperate to identify the names of the victims, despite having the ...
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What constitutes a threat

Assuming no other details are hidden, and you only have the following facts, would it be enough to classify the case as a reasonable threat? Person A and B are roommates. Person A is upset with ...
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can i record myself cooking with my camera, in the kitchen community space of the house that i rent a room at, and not be in violation of 9.73.030?

i rent a room with a few other housemates, and i was wondering if i can record myself in the kitchen cooking and not be in violation of 9.73.030 i understand that Washington State, is a two party ...
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Does double jeopardy apply for different charges of the same case? [duplicate]

Lets say there is a serial killer who sexually assaults their victims before killing them. For the sake of argument, lets say prosecutors fail to successfully charge them with murder the first time ...
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Which parts of classical enactments division do the laws of Gortyna contain?

According to the classical scheme, modern enactments include 3 parts: hypothesis, disposition, and sanction. Is this scheme applicable to archaic laws of 7-5 BCe? For example: "if you rape a free ...
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Accused of criminal offence and then pay the fine but not convicted

Is it possible that one is accused of a criminal offence in Germany and ask to pay a fine and it was also mentioned that if the fine is paid in within the time limit the case will be discontinued and ...
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Is it legal to charge for compensation instead of reporting a crime against my company?

Suppose that it came to my attention someone had stolen from my company, or committed some other crime that only hurts my company. Is it legal for me to send a letter asking for compensation in return ...
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Blackmail is illegal. But how is that enforced pragmatically?

I am a total layman and I don't have any experience in the field of law. Please keep this in mind when responding to this question. Obviously blackmail is illegal. However, I have always wondered how ...
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Is it illegal to possess jiggler keys?

A friend of mine gave me his keys to his vehicle so I could clear off the front seat. My friend was not with me at the vehicle at this time, but I was taking a book bag from the front seat, moving it ...
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What are the possible penalties in portuguese law for kidnapping or false imprisonment?

Presumably there are custodial sentences applicable, what is the minimum and maximum length?
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Legal abbreviation: “Hal. pl. cr.”

What does the abbreviation "Hal. pl. cr." in legal reporting refer to?
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Why are police sometimes able to kill without prosecution? [duplicate]

I have seen so many stories about cops killing Black Americans (it's not just Blacks, but that is who it usually is) and I found that it is rare for them to actually go to jail. If I killed anybody, I ...
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I was racially abused at a public park. What legal actions can I take?

I was racially abused at a public park. Basically out of no where he called me a terrorist. I ignored him. After a while he came directly to me and ask me to go away and said this is Australia. The ...
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What is a store detective allowed to do?

A couple of days ago I came into contact with a store detective after a quite expensive shopping trip. The shoplifting gate-thingy went off (there's more to it but no need to drag it out) and when I ...
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If witness testimony is shown to be demonstrably unreliable, can it be stricken?

If a witness makes answers that indicate the witnesses testimony is entirely unreliable, can previous assertions of fact by the witness be stricken, or is it completely up to the jury whether to ...
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Is the New Hampshire version of a criminal threatening law defective?

In New Hampshire law, RSA 631:4 makes "Criminal Threatening" a crime. The law begins: A person is guilty of criminal threatening when: (a) By physical conduct, the person purposely places ...
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Inheritance after a homicide

I was watching a “true crime” type of TV show, which raised an interesting question (to me) regarding wills and inheritance. Here’s the scenario: An elderly wealthy man had a neighbor who was his ...
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Can we withdraw a document if the signed witness declares that he did not see the parties signed on front of his eyes?

Someone tricked me to sign a document without paying attention to content. The person also made 2 persons to sign the documents as witnesses. I want to withdraw the document, is it enough that the ...
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Thailand; relationship between defamation lawsuit and criminal defamation procedure

Bangkok Post's The Sea View Resort released a five-page statement on Saturday after news of its legal action against Wesley Barnes attracted widespread attention. The statement was posted on the ...
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Confessing for a crime which has not been committed [closed]

A person confessed to a lawyer over phone for a blackmailing (his lover)crime which he didn't commit. Will he able to file a complaint against that person only with his confession? But such crime has ...
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What are my rights if someone makes a false police report against me in Germany?

My landlord (also a business owner) in Germany where I live accused me with tons of different type of accusations because he hates me personally, and he called the police on me—at least, I think he ...

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