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Which states use disproportionate punishment in case of forged travel documents?

In the Schengen visa code handbook on page 60, you will find the following passage: Recommended best practice in case a false, counterfeit or forged travel document is detected: Such documents should ...
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Can a judge make the plaintiff pay defender's legal costs?

Two related questions. Situation is, Bob sues Alice, but has zero evidence (basically, extortion, hoping Alice settles to avoid legal costs and a trial). Alice decides to take things to court. In the ...
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Prosecution of politicians who violate the constitution

When a politician violates the constitution, why aren't they criminally prosecuted? There are plenty of examples out there where a politician passes a law that they most likely know wont stand up in ...
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Can punishments be weakened if evidence was collected illegally?

Suppose police are investigating a burglary case. Under law, COVID-19 contact tracing data can only be used for contact tracing and nothing else. However a team decides to analyze the data anyway to ...
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In Russia, if a perp commits several of the worst crimes and there is digital evidence for them, do they get the max sentence?

Suppose a Russian citizen commits many of the worst atrocities. Now suppose that they have a whole digital record of planning and premeditation. Would the digital evidence make the Russian Civilian ...
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What if a child dies in school detention?

Suppose that a child behaves badly in class and is detained after class. The child has some illness, which isn't easy to notice, but he is too shy to tell his teacher. His teacher doesn't know of his ...
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Universal Credits and community service?

I have read many cases of criminals within the United Kingdom, focusing on England and Wales, being given community service rather than a prison sentence. What I am curious to discover is whether they ...
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Is a civilian punished if they commit crimes for criminals by force and not willingly?

Problem: I'm writing a sci-fi book that involves an adult character, who is a normal and innocent civilian (United States, year 2191), who got caught spying on a group of powerful terrorists running a ...
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Consequences of unlawful deletion of records

The Secret Service recently admitted to the unauthorized (according to the National Archives) deleting of text messages relevant to the US House's investigations of events surround the January 6, 2021 ...
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Foul-Mouthed Australian Teen Gets Dose Of His Own Medicine After Threatening An Elderly Man

This is a story of an Australian teen (https://hellocare.com.au/foul-mouthed-australian-teen-gets-dose-medicine-threatening-elderly-man/) who yelled at and threatened an elderly man and was grabbed ...
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Are there any provisions for economic inequality in legal punishments?

Suppose we have two persons, person-A and person-B and let's say they both commit the same crime and go to jail. The law, to my understanding, applies uniformly/punishes uniformly disregarding their ...
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Do US presidential pardons include the cancellation of financial punishments?

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/20/anthony-levandowski-pardoned-after-stealing-trade-secrets-from-google.html says: Anthony Levandowski pardoned after stealing trade secrets from Google In August, ...
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In the 1810 French penal code, were "stocks" a more heavy punishment than imprisonment?

In the 1810 French penal code, the prescribed sentence for some crimes is "carcan" (stocks), which is described as being put in stocks at a public place with information about one's name, ...
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Are Indian police allowed by law to slap citizens?

I have seen a few instances where the Indian police slap citizens as a fast punishment. Is that explicitly allowed by law, or just tolerated in practice?
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Are Parent-to-Child death threats legal exceptions?

Is it legal for a parent to make a death threat to their child verbally, to "keep them in line"? Is a parent threatening a child with death an exception, if they said it was "from love ...
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Can I be subjected to physical punishment by the police in the US as long as it is outside criminal proceeding?

In Ingraham v. Wright, the US Federal Supreme Court ruled that it had "limited the application of the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual language to criminal punishment". Can I be ...
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How often is lex talonis applied in Iran?

The Lex Talonis or law of retaliation is a term for retribution punishments that include mutilating the body, such as severing limbs, blinding eyes, etc. In Sharia, this is known as Qisas. It is upon ...
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Am I wrong to assert that I was punished with no chance to defend myself?

I received an email from my University stating that I cannot speak to an entire department for the rest of my studies, because I have been sending this department too many emails and phone calls and ...
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What can happen if you violate a cease and desist letter?

Are there any legal consequences for violating a cease and desist letter? I was sent a cease and desist letter from my university for annoying administration with a particular issue, and this letter ...
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To what extent can someone be punished by a public institution without a rule or law being clearly stated?

Say a patient does something the director of the hospital thinks is inappropriate. Or say it is a student and a school instead of a patient and a hospital. The important point is that a "user" of a "...
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Can a fine incrue interest? Can a fine be/become unreasonable?

In the United States, there are certain situations where you must pay a fine that government in the United States puts upon someone. However, is it legal to impose a fine greater than what a person ...
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What is the penalty if the British Prime Minister does not seek an Article 50 extension?

The recently-passed European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (a.k.a. the Benn Act or the Surrender Act, depending on one's politics) seems to be unprecedented in that it creates a legal obligation ...
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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-...
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