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In this specific scenario, not only is it not a crime, failure to do so is a breach of proper maritime protocols and could be illegal. A person manning a boat and sees a human in water in distress should immediately go to the rescue or recovery of the victim. This is commonly started by the crewman of the vessel who spots the body shouting "Man ...


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Using Florida as an example, this would be fine. Tampering with evidence requires the intent to destroy, alter, or conceal it to impair its usefulness. The intent here was the exact opposite- there is no mens rea here and no crime has been committed.


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The same thing that happens to everyone else Being declared legally dead does not mean that you are dead; it simply allows your assets to be distributed as if you were. If you turn up alive, you go through a bureaucratic procedure to have the record of your death removed, get a new driver's licence, etc. You usually don't get your assets back. If you happen ...


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There are several treason and sedition crimes in federal law all of which are defined by statute. Treason Offenses Treason offenses pertain to acts in furtherance of a foreign country or sometimes more specifically a foreign country with which the United States is at war (which is the legal definition of an "enemy"). These include Sections 2381, ...


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I am aware that American law has a concept of each member of a group being jointly responsible for the actions of other members of the group This is much too broadly stated to be accurate. There is no general law of group responsibility in the US. Under US law, when a group of people agree to do something jointly that is illegal, or using illegal means, ...


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Short Answer This is governed by state law (for state law enforcement officers granting this authority) or federal law (in the case of authority granted by a federal law enforcement officer), so the details may vary from case to case. In many circumstances, however, a law enforcement officer has the authority to temporarily 'grant' his authority to another ...


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Background The question is alluding to the crime of "felony murder". Historically in England, and in the British colonies, most serious felonies were "capital offenses" punishable by death. But, over time, the scope of crimes eligible for the death penalty was narrowed to murder and a handful of other crimes (e.g. treason and kidnapping ...


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Based on what we were taught when I was an EMT in New York State, there would not be a problem. Seeing a body float by, you can't tell for certain that they are truly dead, so you would be perfectly justified in pulling them onboard/getting them to shore/rendering aid regardless of your level of training. Face up/face down would not apply because, ...


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Can the judge flat out tell the jury that they cannot vote to nullify the verdict? He can but this kind of "jury nullification" makes little sense and is obvious that is not possible. A verdict is rendered by the jury. Once the verdict is rendered, there is no further vote. It would also make little sense for a jury to render a guilty verdict and ...


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To begin with, jury nullification is not a separate act. It’s not like the jury verdict can be one of “Guilty”, “Not guilty” or “Nullified”. Instead, a juror says something like “The guy’s pretty sus for sure, but I’m voting not guilty because [insert reason that’s contrary to applicable law]”. Others agree and find the defendant not guilty. To anyone who ...


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Why must victims be legally defined as prostitutes in order for a prosecution to take place? The arrangement is currently illegal* because it constitutes causing or inciting prostitution for gain or controlling prostitution for gain, contrary to section 52 or 53 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, so the victim would then be a prostitute. *At least in the ...


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It is hard to know what to call the people who entered the capitol and its grounds without biasing the answer by the selection of terms. I am going to call them "intruders" because I must call them something to make an answer. If police or other authorized people actually invited the intruders in, then some otherwise possible charges go away, at ...


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There's always civil action possible; "assault and battery" has a civil variant as an "intentional tort" Civil assault and battery are torts. A tort is a wrong committed by one person against another, causing damage. Specifically, civil assault and battery are intentional torts. [...] Intentional torts are torts that are committed on ...


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Apart from hiring an attorney (who will, based on the specifics that you tell him, have a better recommendation), you can appeal to the district attorney, the mayor, a higher officer in the chain of command with the local police, and whatever TV-on-your-side news-guys there are. The decision to prosecute rests with the DA: the police make recommendations. ...


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In this instance, the police were almost certainly trying to get you to volunteer to be in a line-up with the victim of the crime picking out potential suspects (of which you were absolutely one, and probably remain so). Assuming the chap or chappete who got mugged, who basically only saw the barrel of the gun, picked you out of the lineup at random, you ...


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This is governed by state law. For example, regulations in the state of Washington allow veterinarians to euthanize wildlife under certain circumstances, and in a separate regulation, Only a law enforcement officer or individuals or entities authorized by the department may euthanize an animal injured in a motor vehicle collision and that deer or elk may be ...


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Probably the fisherman would prevail legally in the end, but he might get entangled in a very undesirable legal situation by recovering a corpse. There was a real world case around a team of deep divers where the team even refused direct orders by the Coast Guard to recover a body. [Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to ...


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Generally speaking, under US law, the victim or alleged victim of a crime cannot force a prosecution. Police and prosecutors have wide discretion on which crimes to prosecute. Even if it is clear that a crime has been committed, there is usually no right to have police or court action. If officials think that the public interest (or their own interests) ...


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There's also the matter of admitting its over is not admitting he lost. Trump could be saying privately that he thinks all possible attempts to contest were blocked, but that since almost all were blocked for non-evidentiary reasons, he can still hold that had the cases progressed to the evidentiary portion the outcomes would have been different. From an ...


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Whether to cooperate with the police is a mater of judgement, not of law. The police cannot compel a person to participate in a line up unless they arrest that person. If they can get a photo of the person, they can stage a photo line up without anyone's consent. Most lineups have only a single suspected person present. Many years ago, I did A summer ...


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Sex for rent arrangements are illegal solely because prostitution is illegal, and because economic duress is not a defense to most criminal offenses or civil legal obligations. Otherwise it would be a valid barter transaction. Indeed, in lots of places, it is a valid barter transaction which isn't illegal.


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An IP ban prevents a user from accessing a website if they are using a certain IP address. This is done by the website- your IP is needed to connect. There is no need to inform your ISP, law enforcement, or your parents. Even if there was a chance of you being IP banned from Reddit, which there isn't, this would affect nothing besides making you unable to ...


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Antiques and NY-gun law New York's current code defines a firearm in NYCL PEN 265.00. It includes (emphasis mine): "Firearm" means (a) any pistol or revolver; or (b) a shotgun having one or more barrels less than eighteen inches in length; or (c) a rifle having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length; or (d) any weapon made ...


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Keep in mind that there are two kinds of legal consequences. One is criminal liability for violating a criminal statute, in a prosecution that must usually be brought by a government official. Merely causing emotional distress, in and of itself, is not generally a crime. For that matter, inducing someone to have sex with you through lies about anything other ...


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I would imagine this is because there is not a law specifically criminalizing the practice of offering a "sex-for-rent" arrangement in itself; rather, this is/has been normally handled under existing anti-prostitution law (hence the "legally defining as prostitutes"). Prostitution is the exchange of sex for "something of value", ...


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Section 3(a) of the Uttar Pradesh Unauthorised Lottery (Prevention) Act of 1995 states that.. No personal shall promote or conduct any lottery... No distinction is made in the Act between physical and on-line lotteries, but whether this law is actually enforceable for using non-jurisdictional websites will depend on the circumstances and available evidence ...


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There is already an answer which lists some of the possible crimes which were committed by the perpetrators due to the methods they used. I'll add that their stated goal was itself a crime. Deliberately interfering with a government function performed by Congress falls under obstruction of Congress. This is a part of the obstruction of justice law. Here are ...


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Short Answer The 10 day demand letters are state law but only apply when the property (in the case of the question, a car) was leased in a written agreement, or was purchased for a bad check. And, it isn't always ten days. These laws do not apply to other cases where the car is initially used with permission and then not returned upon the request of its ...


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If a person intentionally places a wallet with money in it on the ground and walks away, that money is abandoned property and the person leaving it no longer has a legal claim to it. However, someone finding such money will not know that it was abandoned and should treat it as lost. A person who finds the wallet and realizes that it contains someone else's ...


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Independent Thought vs Union Of India (2017) apparently states the law of India, presently, and the answer is, 18. India being a common law country, the Supreme Court has the power to interpret the law when the statutory language might suggest something else. The issue is that marital intercourse is often an exception to rape laws (India does not recognize ...


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