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Questions tagged [murder]

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

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Russian Roulette Case [closed]

Husband and wife are playing Russian Roulette. Husband killed himself. His wife should be guilty of 1) First degree murder 2) Second degree murder or 3) Conspiracy to commit murder.
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How long can a 10 year old be sentenced for killing a baby in USA?

Yesterday I was reading a news article about a 10 year old girl who killed her baby brother. The girl was charged as an adult with first-degree homicide (Source). I don't know how a 10 year old can be ...
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Will cheering death thieves, burglars, or robbers carry murder charges?

Why was Charles Manson convicted of murder? Says that encouraging murder means being an accessory for murder. Say I got my stuff stolen. Say I hate all thieves and think they're vermin. One day, I ...
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If Ryan Holle lend shoes or combs instead of car would he be convicted?

Ryan Holle lend a car to his friends. What about if instead of lending a car he lend socks or combs that are latter used in a crime. So a robber uses the socks and rob someone. Or a robber uses ...
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Why was Ryan Holle convicted based on supposedly knowing a crime?

In this question, someone asked if someone told you that he committed a crime, that doesn't mean that you know it's true. Can anything be done when people admit to crimes through an online game? ...
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What happens if you commit two murders in two different countries (not your own) and is apprehended in a third country?

What happens if you commit two murders in two different countries (not your own) and is apprehended in a third country? How will the countries most likely come to an agreement, and how long might the ...
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What is the jurisdiction of the Khashoggi murder case?

Today, I read that Turkish president Erdogan wants the Saudi hit squad that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi to face justice in Turkey for their role in the murder. There seems little doubt that a ...
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Murder conviction without a body?

In the United States, can a person be convicted of murder if there's evidence that he committed the crime, but the body hasn't been discovered?
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Why did Reiser's prosecutor agree to a plea *after* Reiser had been convicted?

Hans Reiser was found guilty of first degree murder. However, his prosecutor agreed to a plea deal with him of second degree murder after this conviction, on the condition that Reiser reveal the ...
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What investigatory procedures and decisions are there for a tourist death in Poland?

A friend of my girlfriend (from Ukraine) visited Poland. Unfortunately for him, he got killed. I do not know much further details. Parents claimed that it was due to external trauma (e.g. another guy ...
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Can you be convicted of both first- and second-degree murder?

A TV show reported a case where a man killed two teenagers and was convicted of both two counts of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder. Is this possible? I know that you can ...
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Assuming the U.S. President is convicted of a crime in their unofficial person, what happens next?

Assuming that, e.g., a sitting President went and shot somebody, and was duly convicted by a jury of his/her peers, etc., in...let's say Washington D.C.... What would happen to the sentence? Would ...
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How could Edgar Ray Killen be tried a second time for the same crime?

Edgar Ray Killen, who recently died, was first found innocent and then re-tried for the killing of three activists. My understanding is that one cannot be tried more than once for the same crime. So, ...
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How are people who abandon their infant children punished?

What is the penalty for abandoning an infant child? What punishments are usually given in cases such as these where the person who abandoned the child is found and convicted? How does the punishment ...
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Can a person go to jail for murdering a person that killed him before?

This is a very hypothetical situation that has a very slim chance of occurring in real life. Suppose a person got murdered. Then, he/she gets revived and comes back to life and takes revenge on the ...
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What crime has someone committed if they “kill” someone who is already dead?

Was watching a police drama (a classic "Taggart" episode) where this was a plotline. A wife shot her husband while he was "sleeping", and subsequently confessed to his murder. Yet (this being ...
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Does pointing a gun at someone constitute attempted murder?

Is pointing a gun at someone tantamount to attempted murder in Kenya? If not, what would it most likely be?
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Can one person be charged for producing the (inherently dangerous and possibly contraband) murder tool used by someone else?

If Person A manufactured a poison, and it was given to somebody else by Person B, without Person A's knowledge, what could Person A be charged with? I am writing a novel for NaNoWriMo and I have set ...
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Who would be responsible for the child's death in this short story?

There is a polish short story ("Z pamiętnika poznańskiego nauczyciela"), where basically there is a child named Mike. His mother sent him to school in another city under supervision of a private ...
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What does it mean for O.J. Simpson to be found “liable for their deaths”?

In the "trial of the century", O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her husband Ron Goldman. However, he was later found in civil court to be "liable for their ...
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Resisting a cop's attempted murder of a citizen [duplicate]

If a cop is committing the crime of murder against an innocent citizen does a bystander ever have a right to resist? If the citizen is wrongfully murdered, can that crime only be determined after the ...
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Imaginary potential murder situation

My friend and i were discussing moral and legal aspects of an interesting hypotetical situation, but since neither of us are lawyers we would like to ask somebody here how it would be treated from the ...
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Why was Charles Manson convicted of murder?

Charles Manson's sentence is for first-degree murder. This is defined as "any intentional murder that is willful and premeditated with malice aforethought. " How can this be the case if he did not ...
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Can a jury always convict on a lesser included charge?

There is a question on movie stack exchange regarding the Few good men movie (spoilers) regarding why some people were not found guilty of first degree murder but only of a factually fully different ...
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In the US, if I chose to let someone die purely because I have the right to use my body however I choose, would I be charged with murder?

I'll elaborate on the title: Someone asked me the question: Do you believe people should be forced to allow the use of their organs without consent? And in order to respond, I wondered what a ...
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Is it possible to pursue criminal charges against administrators abusing title IX?

The article in "Reason" here describes a case of a straight student who was allegedly denied due process, despite university policy, after he politely refused advances of a gay student and the said ...
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Does charging one with premeditated murder weaken the case if the murder was not premeditated?

This and this are articles about an Indian Engineer being shot dead in a Kansas Bar. According to these - The suspected gunman, US Navy veteran Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with the ...
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Is a religion that involves head hunting legal in the United States?

Say that a Dayak that still practices head hunting (Ngayau) moves to the United States and becomes a citizen. Is this person protected by freedom of religion or are they sent to jail when they kill ...
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Murder vs aggravated assault vs attempted murder

Just watched "Night watching" on A&E. On the show, someone was stabbed 23 times. At the end the narrator said that a suspect was arrested and charged with 23 counts of aggravated assault. Why not ...
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When was murder first made a federal crime?

My understanding is that most crimes that don't involve the US as a party, maritime law, special cases, etc, are handled by state courts, where the rules differ from state to state. But in certain ...
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Would it be legal for bookmakers to take bets on someone being assassinated?

Background: My colleague just told me that he reckons Donald Trump's presidency is most likely to end in assassination. My first thought was: "Why not put money on it then?"; my second thought was "...
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What is Hans Reiser's earliest release date?

This question is about Hans Reiser, a well known software developer who murdered his wife and is currently serving his prison term for that. His case has drawn significant media attention, mainly ...
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What happens if I shoot a police officer in self-defense during a SWAT raid?

No-knock SWAT raids are very popular, especially in the US. But how do you know that the heavily armed persons are policemen? Isn't it very easy to mistake them for robbers? What if I try to defend ...
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Is fulfilling the duties of a “second” in seppuku a crime in modern Japan?

Seppuku is a Japanese suicide ritual by disembowelment that was often used by Samurai to attenuate shame or avoid being captured. The ritual traditionally involves a "second" who would perform a ...
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What would happen to a minor who was blackmailed into robbing a bank and killing a man?

An episode of Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 3, Shut Up and Dance, presents what seems like an interesting legal scenario, at least to me (NAL). A kid's computer gets a virus. Let's say he's 16. ...
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In the eyes of the law, is a crime committed by a child too young to be charged, actually a crime?

with the recent JonBenet Ramsey documentary, many people now feel Burke was the killer. Since he was only 9 yrs old, he could not be charged in Colorado since the minimum age was 10 yrs old at the ...
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Why did double jeopardy not apply in the O.J. case?

On 1995 O.J. was found not guilty in the famous murder case. This was in criminal court and after that he was tried for the same thing in civil court - except this time it was called wrongful death ...
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Hypothetical Trial and Conviction

This question deals with how a hypothetical crime would be tried. Hypothetical situation: The police find two people who have been locked in a room for the past 6 hours. In the room with them is a ...
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Could someone who participated in a legal execution in the USA be arrested for murder in France?

According to Wikipedia France is the most visited country in the world. At the same time, the USA is still practicing the death penalty. For example, 28 people were executed in 2015. For each ...
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If a signal person in California tells me to kill someone, do I have to do so?

According to California sample written driving test (problem 6): You see a signal person at a road construction site ahead. You should obey his or her instructions: A. Only if you see ...
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Who has jurisdiction if a crime is committed across an international border?

Just out of curiosity, which set of laws would be used if you committed a crime across a border? For example, suppose I were standing on the American side of the America-Canada border. If I were to ...
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A knows that B is lying in wait to kill A. A convinces C to enter the area; B kills C. Has A committed a crime?

This is a scene in Fargo Season One, so stop reading if you don't want spoilers. The facts as I describe them in the body are not exactly as I've summarized in the post title. Lester is afraid that ...
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If a murder was committed in Antarctica and it was unclear who did it, who would investigate?

If a murder were committed in Antarctica and it was unclear who did it, what country/agency would investigate? And, if the guilty party were identified, who (if anyone) would have the authority to ...
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Break lease after murder

About 5 minutes after I came home tonight two neighbors were shot and murdered in front of their apartment. My unit is close enough that it's within the evidence zone. My heart goes out to the ...
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Why was the Armenian assassin of Talat Pasha acquitted for murder?

The Armenian assassin of the ex-Ottoman Grand Vizier Talat Pasha, Soghomon Tehlirian was acquitted of murder in his trial. His defence was that he was killing Talat Pasha in retaliation for his crimes ...
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Am I allowed to use lethal force against some one who is lawfully threatening my life?

Following on this question: Am I allowed to kill a person threatening me? CA, USA What if you are the target of lethal force? In this case your own life is threatened, even though you created the ...
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Am I allowed to kill a person threatening me? CA, USA

You are riding a public transit train and out of nowhere a man with blue jeans takes out a P99 semiautomatic pistol and takes the passengers hostage. Luckily you have a knife on you. But you don't ...
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What if police find a dead body during an illegal search?

Suppose police conduct an illegal search of a residence (no warrant, no consent, no probable cause) and find a dead body. There is plenty of evidence in plain sight that it was a murder and also ...
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What is the difference between “murder”, “manslaughter” and “homicide”?

Do "murder", "manslaughter" and "homicide" have different legal definitions? Or are they just terms referring to the same act used in different jurisdictions?