Questions tagged [evidence]

For questions concerning evidence - including the handling of evidence, rejection or admittance of evidence in a court of law, and serving evidence in civil matters.

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Can police charge someone with a misdemeanor in the total absence of evidence?

In California, given that the police have probable cause to arrest someone, can they charge that person with a misdemeanor in the total absence of evidence that any crime has been committed? To be ...
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What's the point of those “spousal privileges” if, as I understand it, no-one can be forced to give a meaningful testimony anyway?

I don't understand this concept called "spousal privilege". Regardless of whether a defendant is a wife or husband in relation to a potential witness, the latter can always refuse to say ...
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When Is The Evidence In A Mississippi Custody Case Insufficient To Be Sustained On Appeal?

If a judge hands down a decision to give a defendant custody based on a child being possibly autistic via therapist speculation without the child being officially tested for autism is this good ...
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Which profession has standing to determine building structural integrity?

Assume that a claim regarding a building and the soil (erosion) are at issue in Florida. The claim indicates a building contractor dispositions the issue verbally and is documented by an (hearsay) a ...
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Supreme Court Cases That Have Been Decided on Statistical Evidence---Are There Any?

Have there been any Supreme Court cases that have been decided based on statistical evidence? If so, which ones; and what was the evidence presented? In 1897, Oliver Wendell Holmes (before he became a ...
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At what point is perjury committed in an affidavits containing a lie?

If an affidavit contains a lie, at what point in time is perjury committed: When the lie is committed to paper, before signing it? At the moment the affidavit is signed? When the affidavit is handed ...
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Is an offer of a discount an acknowledgement of guilt of negligence and misconduct?

I have the following excerpt: I have looked at the bills related to the service calls and can offer discount. This party is being sued for negligence and misconduct in providing services. However, ...
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What's the point of a subpoena if you can just invoke the fifth amendment?

I always thought a subpoena was an order to produce evidence or testimony, but I recently realized that you can just invoke the fifth amendment if you're served a subpoena. Given the complicated ...
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What is the history of rules requiring prosecutors to disclose evidence?

I was surprised to discover that Brady v. Maryland was decided as recently as 1963. Not knowing enough about the context in which it was decided, I am having trouble understanding exactly what ...
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What determines how thoroughly affidavits must be vetted by lawyers?

In Trump's lawsuit in Arizona: A Trump campaign attorney conceded in court on Thursday morning that he tried to enter hundreds of dodgy form-filed affidavits into evidence, even though their own ...
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“Affidavits” which aren't signed under penalty of perjury?

In Trump's lawsuit in Arizona: A Trump campaign attorney conceded in court on Thursday morning that he tried to enter hundreds of dodgy form-filed affidavits into evidence, even though their own ...
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Does video evidence need to be attested to by a human?

If video filmed by (say) a smartphone is used as evidence, does the person who filmed it have to submit an affidavit saying "I filmed that at location X at time Y"? Or can the video be used ...
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What information will be made public by CRT and for how long?

I would like to bring a case to the Civil Resolution Tribunal. I would like to know more about it's privacy. From there Information Access & Privacy Policy it appears the public can access just ...
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Can forwarding address be provided by e-mail for landlord to return security deposit?

If a landlord does not return a tenant's damage deposit in 15 days from the later of the move out date or receiving a forwarding address, tenant may go after him for double. If the forwarding address ...
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What happens to forensic evidence about innocent people?

I was watching a Dateline story in which forensic genealogy suggested 160 suspects in a murder case in the US. DNA samples were taken from these people. Ultimately one was proven, in part thanks to ...
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Governing entity over or recourse against corrupt Division of Social Services in North Carolina?

In the hypothetical situation laid out below, what governing entity over DSS could one turn to? In general, what action can be taken against a government entity such as DSS to force adherence to court ...
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Does a financial company have to disclose information about my account when requested?

I have submitted a complaint to a finance company (vehicle) who completed an investigation where I am unhappy with the outcome. I requested all evidence they have regarding my claim including ...
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Laboratory Test Reports: Disclaimer in test reports prohibiting use as evidence in legal proceedings

I work in the chemical industry and very often industries send chemical samples to third party test laboratories for analysis and producing test reports. In some cases I find labs add a disclaimer of ...
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Cloud storage: requesting copy of data vs physical seizure of storage devices

If a third party has a personal computer which contains evidence of a crime then that computer can be seized by law enforcement as evidence, rather than the data being copied from the computer and the ...
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Does killing witnesses before trial suppress them?

If a witness is killed, or dies, before formally testifying at a criminal trial in what manner, if any, can his relevant statements be admitted or used against a defendant? For example, if sworn ...
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Are editable word documents ('.docx' files) accepted in court as evidence?

I keep most of my business documents in Microsoft Words (.docx) file format. Problem is these documents can be edited and tampered with. For my signatures, I just copy and paste a signature image onto ...
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Labelling of exhibits in US criminal court. Why the repetition of letters?

I have been watching a series of videos of a criminal trial in the USA. I have noticed that exhibits for the defence are labelled with four consecutive letters but often (if not always) these letters ...
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Secretly recorded audio to meeting with landlord and now starting a dispute against him. Can I submit it as evidence?

My ex-landlord preferred to communicate by in person meetings. I began covertly recording our meetings with the microphone on my phone. Only the audio was recorded, not the video. My ex-landlord was ...
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What crime is committed by submitting fake pictures to the court as discovery evidence? [closed]

What crime has an alleged victim committed by submitting fake edited pictures as discovery evidence of injuries?
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Faked Discovery Evidence

If a victim submits fake photographs as evidence and said photographs are proven to be edited pictures, would that qualify for dismissing a case?
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Why can't a lawyer just blame a random witness for harming a plaintiff?

It seems generally uncontroversial that in examining a witness at trial, a lawyer may not ask questions implying that the witness has engaged in some wrongdoing unless the lawyer has some basis for ...
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Why does double jeopardy apply even when the acquittal was due to insufficiency of evidence?

In the United States, the Double Jeopardy Clause of the U.S. constitution has been held to prohibit retrying a person for a crime they were previously acquitted of, even if the acquittal was merely ...
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To what extent is a “reasonable inference” acceptable as “proof” in a court of law?

In his autobiography, T. Boone Pickens relates the story of how he managed to do a deal with a man on his sickbed. He took the contract to the man's house, was shown to the man's room, and handed the ...
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Can a phone conversation be summoned from telecom operator as evidence in court of law

Our landlord/landlady have twice made statements that suggest they breached our privacy. We have not recorded our conversations since we understand it would be illegal to do so. However, we wish to ...
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How do plaintiffs get emails relating to companies they are suing?

For example in the case of IBM getting sued over age discrimination, the plaintiff somehow got emails showing that upper management instructed his director manager not to transfer him but to fire him. ...
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Defense against EEOC Case

As a security contractor, I tracked, via recorded video, an employee of Hispanic heritage in two cases of possible "drug trafficking" or corporate IP theft from the company by which I was contracted. ...
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What are some cases / journals / books about withholding favourable evidence from the defence

I have access to westlaw and lexislibrary but cannot find any relevant cases to the police or prosecution not sharing expert evidence from the defence at all. Any help would be greatly appreciated, ...
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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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Is it legal to hire a Private Investigator in Korea? If not, what's the closest alternative?

I'm writing a story and I'm asking for factual accuracy in the storyline. (Not asking for suggestions in hiring an actual PI.) I know for a fact that it's now illegal in Korea to hire a Private ...
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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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What is the difference between competent, material, and substantial evidence?

In Michigan, and perhaps in other states too, an appellate court will uphold the facts found by an administrative agency if the facts are supported by competent, material, and substantial evidence. ...
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What's the best way to summarize a lengthy exhibit when I have little understanding of its content or context?

I've been assigned around 200 documents for a new matter to review. This involves creating entries for each document of interest in software called LexisNexis CaseMap, which includes a "description" ...
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Is it legal to upload a photo from a public place without the subject's permission?

For example, a buddy of mine recorded or captured a photo/video of someone let us say fighting or just talking in a public place such as the public road. It is legal to post it in social media even ...
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Are there states that don't require having a family name?

I know this session might seem absurd. I don't like the family name appearing in my passport and will likely change it in a bureaucratic procedure in an interior ministry affiliated consulate (...
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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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Does lack of evidence constitute evidence?

This question is about the debate in the comments to this question. Question Does lack of evidence constitute evidence? Transcript of Comments ...I am curious how a prosecutor would prove that a ...
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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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Was any (public) Internet archive's snapshot ever accepted as an evidence in a legal procedure, except patents?

This question is bugging my mind already for a while, and all of my attempts to find such a case failed horribly so far. I am simply unable to dig up any traces of a court decision - whether in US, ...
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Can phone conversations be used in court as defense?

I live in California where all parties involved in the phone conversation have to give consent before phone conversation can be recorded. My question is - how the information discussed over the phone ...
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What can a victim company do when it's hard to differentiate between a Physical Pentest from a Criminal Physical Penetration

Red Team: Adversary Simulation. A team of penetration testers (a red team) is hired to legally break into a facility to test its security. Since the job of Red Teaming and Penetration Testing, ...
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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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Can a U.S. phone call recorded in a 1-party state be used as evidence in a case tried in a state that is 2-party?

Hypothetically, let's say someone is involved in a case that was originally filed in a NJ court. The case was then transferred to FLA (after a motion to do so was accepted). If they have recorded ...
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Can improperly gathered evidence be used to exonerate someone?

There are many rules governing whether or not a particular piece of evidence can be introduced at trial. Often, these rules are applied to prevent the prosecution from introducing evidence. Do the ...
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Whether to disclose substantive evidence vs. using it for impeachment at trial?

What are the factors in weighting whether to disclose substantive evidence vs. using it for impeachment at trial? On one hand, the jury gets to see substantive evidence but the other side is alerted ...
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Can video of a person's permission to take video make the video legal?

Let's say I'm in someone's home, recording people with a video camera. Later, one of the people I recorded claims that I didn't get their permission, and that therefore, it was illegal to record them, ...