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The spectrum of legality

I've always envisioned "legality" as a spectrum, with the label of completely illegal at one end, and the label of strictly legal at the other end. In the middle, I see different levels of ...
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Must the interrogation stop when the right to counsel has been invoked?

Do police officers have to stop an interrogation when right to counsel has been invoked by a suspect or can they continue the questioning like nothing has happened?
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Would you have a recourse if law enforcement listened to your priveledge conversations with legal council?

Of course if they listened to your conversation with your attorney the "fruit of the poisonous tree" doctrine would apply, but could you actually sue them if they did it? Do you have a right ...
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When does an officer's discretion end, and where does an officer's duty begin?

User6726's answer to this question seemed to imply that an officer's discretion was endless; that no matter what the situation, they could always decide not to intervene. That seems highly unlikely to ...
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What can someone do when scammed in the crypto world? How to report the scam and recover your crypto?

Do the police work against scammers and fraudster in the crypto world? How can someone report to law enforcement a fraud in crypto space?
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Why couldn’t declaratory reliefs in U.S. courts be used as a way forward to stop law-enforcement violence and overturn “qualified immunity”?

Summary of judgement is easier to achieve for civil remedies against claims against the law enforcement since a very narrow construction is used for a wrong having to match the facts of a previously ...
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Are law enforcers allowed to kill killers and why?

One solution to killing is the use of force to prevent the killer from killing. During the process of using preventive force, the enforcers are sometimes left with no option but to kill the killer. In ...
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Almost stabbed to death, what tools do the detective squad have to catch this guy?

I was attacked a few days ago and was almost stabbed to death. The suspect got away, as the first squad car came. Fueled by adrenaline, I sprinted towards the first squad car to get their attention ...
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Can internet searches get someone placed on a watchlist/arrested?

This is a hypothetical. I watched a YouTube video of a woman who was visited by the police after her husband made searches on Google for pressure cookers. Someone responded by saying that's unlikely ...
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Ahmaud Arbery defendants invoke Georgia State Law as a Defense in Federal Court

It is my understanding that three defendants face a Federal hate crime involving the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. In April 2021, all three men were indicted on federal charges of one count each ...
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Does the source of DNA have a bearing on the legality of a search?

If you give your DNA to one of those Geanology sites could law enforcement try and subpoena that DNA to use against you if they don't have probable cause for a warrant for your DNA or would the issue ...
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Can the police enter a property?

Suppose that Police officers came to the home address of a person A, looking for a person B who does not reside at our address. Suppose B is the adult child of A. Can they still enter the premises to ...
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Federal bright-line forbidding shooting a non-threatening fleeing suspect?

Context: Re: Woman shot by school safety officer to be disconnected from life support The school safety officer had responded to an "off-campus" incident, Chris Eftychiou, public ...
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What rights and responsibilities exist with respect to mobile phone use and arrest?

It is in the news today that Wayne Couzens made an unlawful arrest of Sarah Everard in the process of her murder. If one found oneself in a situation where this was a possibility an obvious solution ...
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If my electronic devices are searched, can a police officer use my ideas?

On my phone, I have many different ideas for startups, books, and other creative endeavours. Most of them are probably (or certainly) worthless, but a few have some potential. As I understand it, ...
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Does the jurisdiction of a LEO end at an easement?

I'm curious about this video (TYRANT ALERT PHOTOG ATTACKED BY FEDERAL AGENTS - MICHAEL HODSON U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL) of a federal LEO (law enforcement officer) who is egregiously assaulting/...
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What is it called when a suspect is questioned without their lawyer?

To elaborate, I know it is illegal for authorities to question a suspect when their lawyer isn’t present. Is this a crime or just illegal? If it is a crime, what is it called?
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What legal authority do DEA officers stationed in Haiti have to carry out operations in that country?

inspired by this Politics SE question: Under the laws of Haiti, what authority or powers do the US DEA agents in the country have to carry out operations? May they lawfully carry firearms, or execute ...
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Are local police obligated to enforce a law if they know about it? [duplicate]

If a local police officer knows that a law exists and is familiar with its details, and they observe or otherwise become aware that said law is being broken, and they have the resources, means, ...
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What legal recourse do citizens have when law enforcement refuse to address crimes for political reasons?

This is a bit of follow-up to this situation, although the question is different and things got much worse. According to a recent poll, 40% of San Francisco residents are considering moving out of the ...
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PD Vs SO Vs ST. What is this all about?

I have read alot about this and have gotten so many mixed answers, I have a headache. Does the Sheriffs Office command over City Police, and do the State Troopers command over Both of them? I know the ...
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Can law enforcement dig up endangered plants to recover evidence of a crime?

According to this meme if you bury a body underneath an endangered plant, it is then illegal for law enforcement to dig up the body. Is this true?
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When is a web-site owner obligated to report a crime?

Suppose someone operates a web-based forum where users can post information for other users to view. While not a mandated reporter as defined by the state the operator lives in, the site users come ...
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Is it legal to drink alcohol in public in Penn Station, New York?

In the central concourse of Penn Station there are four or five deli counters advertising and selling draft beer. It is served in a large plastic cup with a straw. There is no place to sit in the deli ...
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