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Could the USA be banned from the United Nations?

The USA has been accused of starting wars by false flag operations since the Maine. Some USA agencies linked to the CIA have admitted using covert means to start wars such us The Washington ...
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Does interpreting a law differently violate equal protection?

A woman in South Africa was recently sentenced for yelling very racist slurs at four black police officers. According to a New York Times article, “Past racists who have come to court have been ...
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Actual years of life time imprisonment

I would like to ask a question regarding life sentence (and I hope it's the right place to ask it). I live in Greece where life sentence is the heavier sentence a convict can get. But in fact life ...
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Do public schools have the authority to fine parents money for being late?

My friend has a child in elementary school, and he goes to a public school. Apparently, at the end of the school day, if the parents are late picking up their kids, the school charges them $10/minute ...
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Lift laws and maintanance in a residential flat

In India, what are the legal facilities/minimum maintanance requirements (Like alarms, phones, power back up etc) for a lift installed in a residential flat?Who are responsible for any accidents ...
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Why don't prisoners go through rigorous life transforming training in prisons? [closed]

A prisoner can be forced to learn and train on what they are naturally/ philosophically opposed to. For instance, in general, prisoners can be taught army-style discipline training, and forced to ...
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Can anything be done when people admit to crimes through an online game?

When playing an online game recently, I heard two players on voice chat discussing how they've raped women before. Over the years, I've heard many awful things said through voice chat, but nothing ...
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Is there a legal system or theory where punishment is proportional to the probability of an offence?

In common criminal law in order for a defendant to be punished, they must be found guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. Hence, there is a threshold for the probability of guilt, beyond which the ...
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Is it commonly legal to permit life-sentenced mass murderers to procreate?

Swedish news reports that a convicted mass-murderer who is serving a life sentence has during his time in prison become a father of 3 or 4 new children. Is that a common practice? It surprises me ...
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Standards and obligations for care during incarceration

In order to tease out the nuances of this question I'm going to pose an extreme hypothetical: A very successful performer leads a lavish lifestyle. He only wears clothes of fine cashmere, his diet ...
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Significance of “up to 364 days”

In a comment to another question, the following law text was quoted: "Every person convicted of a gross misdemeanor defined in Title 9A RCW shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a ...
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Is escaping prison a crime?

Is it actually illegal to escape from a prison or will it just have effect on increased sentence in practice? I heard something that in Sweden where I live it is not illegal to escape, but is that no ...
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Why are people sentenced to prison for terms longer than life?

Albert Morake was sentenced to 1,535 years in prison. How can a person be sentenced to more than 1 life imprisonment?
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Is stealing a key equivalent to stealing whatever it unlocks?

My understanding is that if a person commits a theft, the theft is considered more or less 'severe' depending upon the value of the item(s) burglarized. If this is true, how would that work for an ...
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Life in prison is already long enough, why add 30 years?

Saw the original sentence for Adnan Syed and I couldn't understand why it's life AND 30 years. What does that mean?
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Physical Punishment in Schools/College

A sports teacher slapped my friend twice in the face in front of the class for not attending the sports class. Should this be allowed? Tomorrow we are going to be on a strike so what points and facts ...
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How do people publicly admit to criminal activity and not typically get arrested?

I've noticed that people on YouTube and even on TV would sometimes say things like "I used to take lots of coke a few years ago" or "I used to smoke weed daily until this and that" or "Yea, I smoke ...
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Hastening execution in response to actions by third parties

This year Jordan hastened the execution of terrorists in retaliation to daesh killing Jordanian hostage Moaz al-Kaseasbeh, having threatened to do so. That is, Jordan treated its own prisoners as ...
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Would courts sentence differently if we used a different numeral system? [closed]

I hear a lot in the media about people sentenced to go to jail especially for a number of years divisible by 10. Does our numeral system affect it? If we used base 7 (so "10 years" will mean 7 ...
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Are the relative levels of fines and imprisonment disproportionate?

Most non-violent crimes are punishable by fine or imprisonment. But the maximum term of imprisonment has often struck me as far out of line with the maximum fine. For example, even if I am a minimum-...