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Hypothetical code leak frame up - how to defend?

I imagined the following scenario, where how to mount a defence for the lowest cost (without settlement, in order to clear one's name) wasn't clear to me: The hypothetical case Vocal code critic ...
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Couple of questions regarding duress and rape in a hypothetical scenario

There's a criminal scenario I'm writing for a novel. Let's say I'm a perp and kidnapped a pair of siblings. I threatened one to rape the other at gunpoint and I had to shoot at his foot to make ...
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Mistake of Law: Requisite of Intent - Distinguishing Nuance

Background: I am not a law student, I am a graduate student in mathematics who intermittently enjoys reading about law because I find it axiomatic, deductive and occasionally creative - similar to ...
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Who is at fault in an illegal transaction?

Suppose we have an illegal exchange which takes place- is there a rule of thumb for who is at fault, the buyer or the seller? For example, I have three situations. 1- A buyer purchases illegal drugs ...
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What would happen if one raised philosophical objections during a legal case?

I'm curious what would happen in a court of law if a defendant (for instance) raised a philosophical objection to the accusations. There are lots of commonsense notions (like causality, or ...
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After US Supreme Court overturns precedent, are old cases revisited?

Hypothetical scenario: 1950: government uses method A to convict John Doe of crime B, SCOTUS upholds conviction 1990: government uses method A to convict Jake Smith of crime B 2000: government ...
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Is it possible to sell truly sentient AI software responsibly?

If a programmer writes and sells AI that is truly sentient and conscious, it would be impossible to guarantee the operator's safety. Consider for instance if the operator gravely mistreats the AI and ...
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Can a witch or wizard be guilty of murder if it's committed with magic?

This is purely hypothetical: A person announces their intent to attack another with "magic", telegraphing what witnesses consider a "spell". It's broad daylight with numerous witnesses and ...