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Can ignoring a person on the Internet make me responsible somehow?

A few days ago I got to know a person on a social network. We had a few days of innocuous conversations on WhatsApp, but then they started becoming intrusive and imposing and didn't respect my time. ...
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Is it legal to intentionally manipulate a person towards suicide?

I think this should count as murder (attempted murder if the victim does not fall prey that is), since there is an intention to kill and the process is plotted and carried out ruthless with ...
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Will I have to appear in court or another proceeding about a suicide I discovered?

I was riding my bike to work, and found someone lying in the grass on public land (the road verge) not private property. He appears to have died of his own intentional actions. The police were called,...
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Are social network companies legally permitted to tell police about users at risk of suicide?

In the United States, do social network companies have the legal right to provide user information directly to police, without order or subpoena, when such users post content about depression and self-...
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What can person A not authorize person B to do which A can do on their own?

In the US, there are many things a person has the right to do. Regarding these things, what actions are legal for person A to do but which would be illegal for person B to do even if formally ...
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Police and failure to enter home of suicidal person

An individual with a known mental health/substance abuse history was held in protective custody on a given night due to heavy drinking and unsafe behavior. That individual was released from custody ...
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Criminal liability for neglecting to stop a suicide in the Netherlands

In The Netherlands, suppose adult person A knows that adult person B is actively planning to commit suicide. Person A does not attempt to either assist in the suicide or block it. Person B commits ...
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Who within the United States would have a legal obligation to report (or stop) a suicide attempt?

Since suicide is not a crime in many states is there any requirement for anyone to do something about an individual who is attempting suicide? That is to say does anyone, other then perhaps a ...
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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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Is attempting (committing) suicide a crime? [duplicate]

This post: https://law.stackexchange.com/a/7700/1272 Actually made me curious about attempting suicide is a crime in the USA? Since in germany it isn't a crime. Actually as far as I know, anyone ...
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Legal implications of this prank going horribly wrong?

I remembered coming across this comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. In this comic, Tommy replaces his boss' gun with a fake that just shoots out a "Bang!" flag. Later, he breaks into his ...
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Who has authority to determine whether death was natural, accidental, suicidal, or homicidal?

My understanding is that generally (and in broad strokes) it is the responsibility and authority of a jurisdiction's Coroner (a.k.a. Medical Examiner) to determine the cause and manner of any death ...
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Can police enter a dwelling to intervene in a suicide attempt in a state where suicide is not a crime?

I have often heard claims that the reason suicide (and attempted suicide) is criminalized (at common law, if not statutorily) in some states is that it allows law enforcement personnel to enter a ...
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To what extent is suicide legal in the U.S. and in individual states?

At one point, legal scholars referred to suicide as a form of self-murder (for example, see Coke or Hale). Are those who take their own lives guilty of some crime, or have some forms of the act been ...
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What statutes constrain an insurance provider's treatment of suicide?

Many insurance companies have explicit suicide clauses: exclusions that allow the company to deny benefits to the policy holder's estate. Essentially, suicide voids the benefits policy. What ...