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Warrants You say: "Formerly if a person was NOT apprehended in the commission of a felony, but was merely a suspect, then the authorities had to INDICT the suspect to prove sufficient evidence." This is not true. What the authorities had to do was issue a warrant which required no prerequisites or even suspicion that the person was involved in the ...


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A Brief History Of The Law Of Arrests The question greatly oversimplifies and misstates the history of the law authorizing arrests in common law countries. There have always been arrests of people not in the act of committing a crime, prior to indictments for a great many offenses. Grand juries (which are what indictments come from) are now mostly residual ...


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For the purposes of “citizen’s arrest” statutes, the use of the word “citizen” is interpreted broader than a citizen of a State or a national of the U.S.. It may still, however, exclude certain categories: Staff of a consular post or diplomatic mission would probably be excluded from engaging in such activity and the same probably applies for members of ...


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Yes. The meaning of "citizen" in "citizen's arrest" has nothing to do with citizenship. It just means "ordinary person" or "member of the public" — as opposed to "a law enforcement officer".


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