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Unlawful killing of a human by another human with malice aforethought. Related tags might be "homicide" or "manslaughter."

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Murder trace not found [duplicate]

Mystery over Bangladesh MP’s brutal murder in India Apparently, the murderers killed the victim by suffocating him with a pillow, then dismembered the body into 80 pieces, minced it, and disposed of ...
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If someone asks someone else to kill him, is it legal to do his request? [duplicate]

If a perfectly healthy person asks someone else to kill him, would he be legally able to do so in the United States?
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In US, if I trick a person into knocking a wrong door and the homeowner shoots them to death, what crime would I commit?

Let me start by saying that I'm not a US citizen nor living in the US (I live in a country where guns are illegal), and I'm not familiar with the difference between the gun laws in different states. ...
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Can legal action be reasonably taken against someone for providing incentive to hurt yourself?

Let's say that Sam the Sociopath invites Peter the Poor man into his luxurious house. They go to a living room with a fireplace. Sam then pulls out 1 million dollars in a fireproof bag that will last ...
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Why was dueling legal?

Dueling has, historically, been legal in many places. In common-law jurisdictions, why was it not considered murder if someone dies and attempted murder or assault if not? Did the common-law or ...
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What charges can be filed against a get away driver in a murder [duplicate]

Person is murdered but someone else’s drives the get away car. What charges can be filed on driver.
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Could a person who has served time for 2nd degree murder later be charged with 1st degree murder if their co-defendant gets a new trial?

If someone was charged with 1st degree murder but got it got dropped to 2nd degree with a plea of 10 yrs, and their co-defendant got a new trial, could they then be charged with 1st degree murder even ...
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Can one be convicted of murder without a body?

There is an ongoing case in France about Mrs Delphine Jubilar (fr) who disappeared one night in December 2020. Her partner is accused of having murdered her, but no body was ever found. He is ...
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What crime have you committed if you hire an assassin but cancel the contract?

This came up in comment discussions about analogies in this question. If I hire an assassin to kill someone, I'm presumably guilty of offenses like murder, conspiracy, and solicitation of murder. Even ...
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Are there typically any provisions in systems or succession that nullify a successor’s claim to the position if they off their predecessor themselves? [closed]

Suppose Prince William killed King Charles, would he still become king? Was this historically the case in the UK or other monarchies? Or if Kamala kills Joe?
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Legality of mercy killing

I understand that there are multiple question on here regarding mercy killing, assisted suicide and euthanasia but as I've read, the specifics of the situation are crucial to the legality of it and my ...
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What did it mean to be “declared infamous”?

According to Wikipedia, in Ashford v. Thornton, If the plaintiff said the word craven ("I am vanquished") and gave up the fight, he was to be declared infamous, deprived of the privileges ...
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If someone commits a crime, but suffers brain damage and has no memory of the crime, will they get punished?

Say that Bob is a horrible person who commits murder, theft, and a bunch of other bad stuff. Before getting caught, he shoots himself in the head. Miraculously, he survives, but with a severe case of ...
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Can a person legally consent to being killed by someone else? [duplicate]

I am referring to rare instances of 'mercy killing.' For example, a family member in the hospital, stricken with a terminal illness, asking a loved one to administer a lethal dose of morphine, or an ...
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Are there federal murder offenses that do not involve interstate activity in the United States?

When one commits the crime of murder in a single state of the United States, does he also violate a federal law against murder, or does it only become a federal crime if the murderer crosses state ...
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Was Ashford v Thornton heard at the Royal courts of Justice in Chancery Lane, London or elsewhere?

What physical venue was this 19th century Murder appeal heard in?
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The Princes in the Tower

This (long) argument about the murders of the boy-king, Edward V, and his brother, Richard (Duke of York) in (around) September 1483 continues. Many opine (including members of "The Richard III ...
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What offences are made out by John Kramer's acts, if proved?

In the Saw franchise it has be said by Jigsaw/John Kramer himself and by others that "he has never actually killed anyone" and that everyone "has a chance to survive". Consider a ...
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Is a future threat a defense for murder?

Consider this scenario: you and a known enemy, with which you have had violent altercations in the past, have been in a fight and you have been badly wounded. The enemy tells you that once he leaves ...
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Is psychological impairment a defense for murder?

My question was prompted by an episode of the TV show Arrow. The subject of my question is the law not science fiction so I won't go into too much detail, but a character is killed and resurrected by ...
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What crimes can be defended claiming duress?

I understand most crimes can be defended by claiming duress. I know that excludes the murder of an innocent person, but what other crimes cannot be fully defended using duress? Also, if someone did ...
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Why would someone who is charged with murder appear before Westminster (or any other) Magistrates Court?

According to media reports, NX121 is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court. But isn’t murder an indictable only offence?
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What would you be charged with for covering up a rightful death?

I'm referring to a specific situation that occurred in the TV show 24. Due to previous complex circumstances, a man (call him "Bob") destroys a van that is the scene of a murder and hides 2 ...
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"Murder laws are governed by the states, [not the federal government]." Is Vivek Ramaswamy right?

United States presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy stated he doesn't support a federal ban on abortion, a practice which he understands to be murder, because the U.S. federal government doesn't ...
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Is defending oneself from a sexual assult a defence for murder?

A man forces himself on a woman with no threats of violence, no deadly weapon and he doesn't even hit her, he simply just physically overpowers her. This occurs in the kitchen and she is able to grab ...
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Does the guilt of the victim affect the validity of a crime of passion

I just watched the movie 'A Time To Kill'. If you don't know it, it is about the trial of a man who kills the 2 men that violently raped and assulted his daughter. In the end, he was found innocent by ...
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In the context of third-party murder, is an unborn foetus a separate living thing? [duplicate]

Bob stomps on Alice's pregnant stomach, thereby causing the latter to miscarry. Did the former individual commit murder if the latter survived the assault? Alice shoots Bob's pregnant stomach, thereby ...
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Where and how does intent factor in to murder?

Given a fentanyl related death & murder charge: https://abcnews.go.com/US/suspect-arrested-connection-deaths-2-men-drugged-beaten/story?id=98308800 Given that the suspect had beaten and robbed ...
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Is murder unconstitutional?

I've heard a number of times now that the U.S. Constitution regulates the government and not private entities. This is why, for example, private organizations can limit free speech but the government ...
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What is the minimum sentence for murder in Japan?

In the Yakuza series, several characters are sent to jail for murder, but it's only ever for 10-15-ish years. I was wondering if this was at all realistic, since I'm only aware of people going to jail ...
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What if a US citizen kills a foreign citizen? [closed]

What if a US citizen kills a foreign citizen in another country and in the US?
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a murder in death penalty us state but the culprit was'nt caught until 45 years later during which that state had since abolished capital punishment

as said if a murder was committed in a US state that had the death penalty for that offence at the time but the person who committed it was'nt caught until 45 years later(during which the death ...
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Can a six year old be charged?

CONTEXT: https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/13/us/newport-news-virginia-shooting-friday/index.html Assume that the six year old does not understand the concepts of life / death / murder / assault. Can the ...
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What constitutes murder in war?

So, there is a man, Gibril Massaquoi, on trial in Finland for things he allegedly did during the Liberian Civil War. Among the charges is murder. Here's the thing: in war, it is generally to be hoped ...
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If I made a detailed plan to kill one person, then change my target at the last minute, was the murder premeditated?

Let's say I've spent years setting up the perfect murder to kill person A. Then, when the time comes, I learn some information that makes me realize I'd rather person B died than person A. Thus, at ...
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Why, in the JIT's opinion, was it murder to mistakingly shoot down the Malaysian plane over Ukraine in 2014?

If the court adjudicated that they didn't shoot the MH17 plane on purpose (they thought, mistakenly, that it was a Ukrainian military aircraft), why did it find the defendants guilty of murder as ...
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Convicted for murder and "victim" found alive

In two works of fiction I read or saw, a person was convicted for murder when the victim was actually alive. (In one case, not quite alive - police take finger prints of an unknown 30 year old woman, ...
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Hypothetical invoving the Felony Murder rule and a violent crime intermeddled-upon by an un-involved murderer

This is a hypothetical that I encountered in a work of fiction. The work itself wasn't really a story about law and only briefly discussed the possible ramifications, but I thought I would bring it ...
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What does the law say about a person who orders a hit on themselves?

Imagine this hypothetical situation. Anonymously, e.g. via the Internet, you find a hitman and pay him to murder yourself. Imagine the hitman failed, you survived and the police somehow learned about ...
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Are there any laws/policies regarding the contents of public addressals on unsolved murders?

I'm writing a fictional book set in NYC. As a part of the plot, there's public addressals on the on-going case. I'm just wondering what laws/policies pertain to what can and cannot be said about the ...
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Could a state legalize murder?

Could a state decriminalize killing other people in all cases? (Obviously they wouldn't and shouldn't, but could they legally/constitutionally?)
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If a stateless person commits a crime in Bir Tawil (land that belongs to no country), which country will regulate the punishment?

Let's imagine a guy Bob. Bob has no citizenship (stateless). Bob ended up on a land that doesn't belong to any country (Bir Tawil). Bob commited a particular crime (let's say, he murdered another ...
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Is it true that a teacher can't engage/attack a shooter from behind during a school shooting that is in progress?

I have a cousin who is a teacher and a few years ago we had a long discussion about school shootings and part of this discussion was about what teachers can and cannot do during a school shooting that ...
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Can Casey White be held accountable for the death of Vicky White?

Can Casey White be held accountable for the suicide / death of Vicky White? https://abcnews.go.com/US/escaped-murder-suspect-extremely-violent-medication-sheriff/story?id=84590527 In Texas, if one of ...
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secretly recording a murder confession

Let's say you had an opportunity to secretly record an acquaintance confessing to a murder decades prior. Can/would it be used by police/courts? Are there certain things about the recording that would ...
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Why was a dead body found in the back yard not enough evidence to hold Dorothea Puente?

In the case of Dorothea Puente, who murdered at least 7 people that were tenants at her house so she could continue collecting their social security benefits, why was the discovery of a dead body ...
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What are you guilty of if you convince someone else to commit murder?

Asking about the law in America... What crimes is a person guilty of if they convince or sweet-talk someone else into committing a murder for them? Are they an accessory or guilty of murder? Cases ...
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What does the law say if I push the fat man off the bridge in a trolley problem?

The original Trolley Problem is stated as: There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed ...
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What is the advantage to serving your sentence in a federal penitentiary vs a state penitentiary in the Ahmaud Arbery hate crime trial?

In the hate crime trial for the murderers of Ahmaud Arbery, the plea deal was rejected because Arbery's family didn't want the defendants to serve time in a federal facility. This NBC article states ...
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Constitutional Basis for Federal Criminal Law and Illegalization of Murder at the Federal Level

I'm curious about the constitutional basis for federal criminal law (in America). The necessary and proper clause seems to be such a basis: "To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper ...
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