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Can a legally sentenced but escaped offender be legally executed by a drone attack?

No Law enforcement are allowed to use “reasonable force” to effect an arrest. They are also allowed to use reasonable force to prevent imminent harm to people or property. As described, the felon is ...
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Can a judge suggest to the jury that a witness is lying?

It is the jury's job to evaluate the credibility of the witnesses, and it is the judge's job to inform them of that responsbility. It is not appropriate, however, for the judge to indicate to the jury ...
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I was racially abused at a public park. What legal actions can I take?

You should file a complaint with the police. If you complain to the police then they might do something. If you don't complain then they certainly won't. Are food trucks licensed? You might try ...
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What legal recourse do citizens have when law enforcement refuse to address crimes for political reasons?

A lawsuit would be unsuccessful. Prosecutors have discretion to prioritize whichever offenses they think are most important, and they are generally immune from civil liability. This is a political ...
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What happens if a prosecutor refuses to file charges?

united-states Bob could do any number of things to try to convince someone to prosecute Alice: call the prosecutor's boss, or the district attorney (or their equivalents in DOJ if it's a federal crime)...
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What legal basis existed or may have been argued in defence, as to why the "Colston Four" should be acquitted?

In order to prove criminal damage, the prosecutors had to show that the four individuals Destroyed or damaged property [= the statue] The property belonged to another [= Bristol City Council] They ...
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Can a judge suggest to the jury that a witness is lying?

It is the judge's obligation to instruct the jury w.r.t. believing witnesses. This is the introductory instruction for criminal trials in Washington, which on that topic says You are the sole judges ...
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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?

No. Police are not permitted to impose any punishment whatsoever. Their role in the American justice system is to prevent and investigate criminal offenses. What you're describing is a punishment for ...
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"Innocent until proven guilty" doesn't apply to bail?

The concept of "innocent until proven guilty" is inherent in our constitutional protections for due process. As far as I know, the Supreme Court first formally recognized it as a rule in ...
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Can a legally sentenced but escaped offender be legally executed by a drone attack?

No, not in texas anyway. I have not reviewed the other death-sentence states but assume they will follow similar procedures: Article 43.19 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure defines the place of ...
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What would happen if there is an attempt by police to deceive a judge to get a warrant?

You are correct. A judge may only issue a warrant when it is supported by an affidavit, in which the officer seeking the warrant swears under oath to the facts supporting the warrant. Lying on the ...
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How is the burden of evidence distributed between parties?

I'm curious as to how the US legal system determines who should present evidence and how much evidence is required by them to prove one side of an argument against a counterargument. In General ...
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I was racially abused at a public park. What legal actions can I take?

From the Federal Racial Discrimination Act 1975: 18C Offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin (1) It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private,...
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"Does not put forward a case inconsistent with the confession" of guilt

A not guilty plea is not part of the case of a defendant or a defense attorney. A "case" refers to evidence and argument made at trial (or conceivably in a pre-trial hearing). The rule in ...
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Summary Proceeding in New Zealand - Denying liability but not requesting a hearing

If I unambiguously deny liability but do not ask for a hearing can the informant refer the mater to the district court for unpaid fines without a hearing having taken place? Yes, but not before they ...
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What would happen if there is an attempt by police to deceive a judge to get a warrant?

Evidence obtained under a warrant supported by a falsely-sworn affidavit can be challenged as inadmissible, see Franks v. Delaware, 438 U.S. 154, if the defendant makes a substantial preliminary ...
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Can a legally sentenced but escaped offender be legally executed by a drone attack?

There is a special case to consider which you probably didn't have in mind but which may be relevant anyway. American citizens have been killed by targeted drone strikes. The government reasoned that ...
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Is there a situation where someone can be sanctioned without trial?

In the US, if a person enters a guilty plea, a judge may proceed to convict and sentence the accused without any form of trial. In the case of minor offenses with possible penalties of less than six ...
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Innocent until proven guilty in Germany?

Trials in German criminal cases are generally open to the public (subject to exceptions similar to those in the U.S.) and there is a presumption of innocence until proof beyond a reasonable doubt ...
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Which amendment does this violate?

The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees assistance of counsel for the accused in all criminal prosecutions. The Fifth Amendment protects a person from being forced to self-incriminate. ...
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What happens if a prosecutor refuses to file charges?

The other answers are all generally correct. I'll add just a few additional points. But suppose Alice is a billionaire and she bribes the local prosecutor to not prosecute. What happens next? ...
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What legal recourse do citizens have when law enforcement refuse to address crimes for political reasons?

Almost every crime has a civil counterpart for the victim to sue for a judgement, and certainly any private property or personal violence related crime does. Victims of crimes can sue the perpetrator ...
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Is the statement "I/we am/are pressing charges" incorrect?

The General Rule: The Prosecutor And Not The Crime Victim Decides You are correct that this is mostly wrong. Pressing charges is something that happens. But, this simply consists of making a report to ...
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Should I retain a criminal defense lawyer just in case?

You don't need to have an existing relationship with a lawyer to refuse to talk to the police. You can tell the police you want a lawyer before answering questions. Generally speaking, this should ...
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What legal basis existed or may have been argued in defence, as to why the "Colston Four" should be acquitted?

This isn't a direct answer to the question, but there is a point which is highly relevant to it and of which you may possibly not be aware. This is that in English law a jury does not need a "...
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How is the burden of evidence distributed between parties?

Under US law, the prosecution has the obligation to prove all of the elements of the crime "beyond a reasonable doubt" (the exact explanation in the jury instructions varies from state to state, in ...
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What should police do in case a stolen item is evidently in suspect's house

united-states In the US, the default rule is that your home is your castle. In general, nobody, not even the police, can enter your home without your permission. The main exception to this rule is ...
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"Innocent until proven guilty" doesn't apply to bail?

Innocence and guilt has nothing to do with remand or bail The common law presumption of innocence and the right not to be incarcerated without due process are not at all incompatible. The Constitution ...
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Why does it take so long to get a guilty verdict in obvious cases?

You've got four cases there with four different reasons for substantial delays: In the case of the Aurora theater shooting, the shooter pled not guilty by reason of insanity. There's no doubt about ...
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