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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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Could fraudulent conveyance laws benefit the debtor? [closed]

Say I give someone a car and then change my mind. Can I ask a minor creditor of mine to get the car back to pay my debt? Have conveyance laws ever been used in a way that benefits the debtor and ...
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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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Why potentially guilty of theft if you pick wild mushrooms on someone’s land for reward, but not if to deprive land owner of opportunity to pick? [closed]

Can anyone pls answer the emboldened questions? (4) Why doesn’t the statute go further than it does? Section 4 of the Theft Act 1968 (title ‘Property’) provides that: (1) ‘Property’ ...
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Could someone lacking a name be put on trial?

A man washes up on the shore in the middle of the night. He staggers into the nearest town, where he bumps into a woman walking home on her own - and, after a brief, confused altercation - he ...
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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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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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Should an “add on” charge of “resisting” be automatically dropped if the main charge is acquitted?

Suppose someone gets arrested for a crime they know they didn't commit, and in the process of being arrested, the also get slapped with a resisting charge. My question is, if they are totally ...
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Mayhem duress hypo

Don Brasco was a FBI agent doing undercover work. One night Don and his accomplices drive up to a shack. The others get out of the car and instruct Don to stay in the car. Don does not know why they ...
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Can Canadian judges set aside a jury's verdict of acquittal?

Not long ago I learned that the Crown can appeal from verdicts of acquittal in Canada, unlike prosecutors in the U.S. I once thought that the reason why U.S. judges cannot set aside a jury's verdict ...
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Preclusive effect of federal declaratory judgment in state court criminal proceedings

This question presumes the following circumstances: A party files for declaratory relief in federal court requesting a state statute be declared unconstitutional (facially or as-applied) but chooses ...
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Accountability for famous people [closed]

If a heavily famous person (let's suppose a famous football player [I don't call it soccer]) kills an other ordinary civilian and there's proof of such an act, will he get away with his crime, ...
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Is it stalking to pay someone's bills?

I am paying a girls bills who has a restraining order against me, is it stalking/harrasment to pay her bills when she won't contact me?
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What crime if any is being committed when accessing stolen information [closed]

I have a slightly embarrassing confession to make. I derive pleasure from being urinated on. Unfortunately, this is a considered a crime by my fundamentalist faith. Whilst engaging in this pass time, ...
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Was homosexuality still illegal in Jammu and Kashmir when 377 was updated due to 370?

When Indian updated 377 and decriminalised the homosexuality that time Jammu and Kashmir still had 370. Does 370 stop decriminalising of homosexuality in the state? Now 370 has been removed in a most ...
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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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Which of these scenarios is an abetment or inchoate offence

SCENARIO A: Seeing a crime being committed and deciding to not do anything (to avoid involvement or implicated) SCENARIO B: helping perpetrator of the crime someway somehow (like helping them abscond ...
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Is the federal charge for illegal possession of a firearm considered a “violent” crime or a crime of violence?

Per 18 U.S. Code § 922 (D)(3) and (G)(3) it is illegal to sell or buy a firearm to/as someone who is "an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance." This includes cannabis, even though ...
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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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Acknowledgement of guilt

Theoretical question: What happens if you come to police and report your own crime that happened some time ago, but the police can't find any evidence it happened. Let's say you come and say you ...
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Case Converted Nolle Prosequi

Jurisdiction: Albuquerque, NM - US Is it normal for a criminal case not pursued, originating October 2014, to have a disposition “Converted Nolle Prosequi” on August 2016, almost 23 months after the ...
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cop lies about confession

There are 4 people at this house. Drugs and a gun were found. The police decides to arrest and charge the person who was closer to the gun and drugs. DNA samples taken from the gun show two different ...
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Am I legally responsible for being a developer of a code, if my customer uses it illegally?

I am from an Europe country, I work online and get orders on freelancer websites. Few months ago, I had a customer hiring me to do some Bitcoin-related coding, I'm one of their developers for 6-7 ...
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Pregnant spouse slipped abortion pills unknowingly. What would the legal ramifications be?

Suppose a partner to a pregnant woman gave her an abortion pill which successfully aborted the pregnancy. Suppose that this was done in a non-violent way, unbeknownst to the woman. One could argue ...
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Is harmlessly appearing to be a school bus driver a crime?

Hypothetically, if someone who owned a school bus legally drove said school bus to a bus stop 3 minutes before the stop would ordinarily be made, allowed schoolchildren to board without speaking, then ...
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Penalty for medical malpractice in Dubai

I’m pursuing a career in a specific medical career and I’d love to one day be able to move to Dubai, but I’m a bit discouraged by the fact that doctors can potentially end up in jail for medical ...
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Being detained for a hypothetical sentence

Is it likely that a person could be arrested for verbally stating that they wish they could be sharp enough to commit a huge crime, in front of a policeman? For example (and of course it depends on ...
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At gas station parked pumping gas can an officer search the rental without my consent? [closed]

I am at the gas station, I go inside and put money on my pump, the gas station is crowded. I have a rental car its a 93 Mercedes the registration tags are expired I am returning the car tomor to ...
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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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Merchant charging thief doubled price on stolen merchandise

I’m curious about an interaction between a merchant and a thief. Drawing from a well-known Youtube channel, a prime example is a thief and a local gas station. The thief is shown in video footage ...
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Is it illegal to NOT store logs within the UK? (VPN related)

Introduction: I co-run a VPN company. I have a few legal questions since our service has a strict NO-LOG policy enforced. Question: In the UK, it is illegal to store sensitive and private customer ...
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Could evidence obtained through time travel be admitted under the Fourth Amendment?

This is of course a wild hypothetical question and there is probably no good answer. Suppose a police force obtained a time machine and wanted to use this to obtain evidence to investigate crimes and ...
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Extortion, bribery or hush money?

Hypothetical: someone (Party A) hit or stole from another person (party B), and then a report was made to the police. Party A confesses to the police, but then offers money to the police detective (...
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What steps can common people take to be prepared to sue anyone that does something wrong to them? [closed]

Are there some things that we can make a habit of doing that are gonna help us in winning a lawsuit we file in case a situation unexpectedly arrives where we need to seek relief from the law? For ...
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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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An (undetermined) fraud in the terms of use

Before asking this question, I should say some words. Because this question seems similar to another question I asked, I worry someone may mark this as a duplicate without understanding - In fact, ...
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Does the product liability settlement law vary for online purchased products?

In this modern era, most of the products are online purchased. If the product is found defective or harmful, how can we file a product liability settlement claim? Does the process vary from normally ...
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A UK scammer frauded money from US victim

Could this US victim accuse this UK scammer? Since uk and us has different legislations, how should the victim accuse the scammer?
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Are secret societies legal?

What is the legal status of secret societies? Some assumptions on these societies to restrict the question: 1) They are not involved in unlawful activities in the countries in which members operate....
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Elements of bribery: what is a “thing of value”?

There is lately some suggestion that a US president who withholds aid to a foreign country on the condition that the foreign country investigate a political opponent constitutes bribery. The ...
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Does NH Criminal Law RSA 627:4 II-a mean a person could legally brandish a firearm if they feel they are in imminent danger of deadly force?

Typically among most states, brandishing a firearm is not only illegal, but is frowned upon as a tactic to scare away a potentially forceful criminal since the state would deem that the person ...
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Isn't paying overdue taxes an indirect admission of guilt?

People are strongly advised to pay taxes due, regardless of how old they may be. But wouldn't it seem obvious that paying taxes due years back would be somewhat of an admission of guilt? You are ...
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Are vigilantes actions on DDoSing child porn sites illegal?

There still exist many illegitimate child porn sites on the web. Some vigilantes organized and DDoS those child porn sites, typically because they think the government is inadequate to seize the ...
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My employer filed a report against me and refuses to pay me

I was working at a an old Mansion turned into a hotel and I had the keys for it so one night I went in after hours without the owners permission and brought some friends. We caused absolutely no ...
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Are there examples of people getting convicted of consensual heterosexual sex with a girl between 15-18 in Indonesia?

Under What Circumstances Indonesians can be Punished for Heterosexual Lewd Act to a Girl 15-18? In that question, there is a law in Indonesia. The law says https://www.hukumonline.com/klinik/...
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Can I be arrested in US consulate for a warrant in the states?

A few years ago I came to Mexico to stay for a while. While I was here I was summoned for court in Arizona, but never appeared (because I'm in Mexico). A warrant was issued for my arrest a few months ...
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Two people having wronged one another in different occasions

Person A wrongs person B, the case ends up it courts and then, for a whole different reason and in a whole different scenario, B wrongs A in a way which is worthy to make the case end up in court as ...
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Prosecution in a case of diplomatic immunity

There's been recent publicity about an American diplomat in Britain responsible for a car accident that killed someone. She claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country. Could the victim's family ...
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If someone orders a pizza in the US and doesn't pay for it, could they be arrested?

If you were to order a pizza in the US and didn't pay for it afterwards, could you be arrested?