Questions tagged [criminal-law]

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Could Ross Ulbricht from Silk Road not get life sentence?

Ross Ulbricht was the creator and operator of Silk Road, the first modern darknet market, best known as a platform for selling illegal drugs, until his 2013 arrest. From the criminal complaint, Ross ...
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Can a power of attorney be used for criminal matters?

Can a layman with a power of attorney lawfully represent someone else in criminal matters?
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What is the remedy if a lawyer forges a client's signature on a will?

Assume that a lawyer forges his or her client's signature on a will. What is the remedy for anyone who believes they've been injured by the execution of the will?
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Can a police officer authorize the sale of a pharmacy's drugs to a suspected criminal without paying for the drugs first?

Can a police officer authorize the sale of a pharmacy's drugs to a suspected criminal without paying for the drugs first? Does this violate the United States or State Constitutions?
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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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Probabilistic justice or what is reasonable doubt

We all know that a person should be convicted of a crime if there is no reasonable doubt that the person is guilty. Let's consider this ideal case. Bill was killed. Police suspects John. John says, "...
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Are there circumstances in which the source of drugs used by police provides a defense to those accused of crimes involving the drugs?

Can the source of illegal drugs used by law enforcement constitutionally shield those illicitly involved with those drugs from liability? For example, if law enforcement uses a pharmacy's drugs to ...
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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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Hypothetical scenario in which an innocent person is involved and dragged in

Let's suppose that a person, who has no longer anything to lose and willing to drag an innocent along with him, sends money to an innocent via bank, calls the innocent person by telling them "I sent ...
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If a suspect supplies a known fraudulent prescription and an officer orders the pharmacist to fill it, does the factual impossibility defense apply?

If a suspect supplies a known fraudulent prescription and a police officer orders the pharmacist to fill it, does the factual impossibility defense apply for the suspect? This act was impossible to ...
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Why are some obvious fraudster not in jail? [duplicate]

Why do some people that commit fraud is not in jail? In How would the law in US handles private investigation like this? there is obviously plenty of evidence that a fraud has occured. I check What ...

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