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What crime is hiring someone to kill you and then killing the hitman?

It appears you want to go for a defense strategy based on a self-defense argument. This won't work in many jurisdictions, because self-defense usually doesn't apply when you intentionally caused a ...
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If vampires were real, what would one who broke into someone's home to drink their blood be charged with?

Breaking and entering, just by entering a private premise without permission. Causing bodily harm, possibly grievous harm, depending on what consequences it has for the victim and how the jurisdiction ...
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What crime is hiring someone to kill you and then killing the hitman?

Applying the Model Penal Code, which is the law in most of the United States: By requesting that A kill B, you are guilty of soliciting murder. By reaching an agreement with A to pay to kill B, you ...
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If a moderator of an online forum edits my post to say something illegal, how could I prove I didn't write the incriminating message?

You do not have to. The burden of proof is on the prosecution to prove that you made the threat. Reasonable doubt exists in the circumstances that you describe, that there are no logs of who accessed ...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is trying to stop you from rescuing another person?

germany Bob through his actions is harming Alice. Thus Eve may use the minimum necessary force to help Alice as Nothilfe, which is defined as using §32 StGB (Self protection/Notwehr) and §34 StGB (...
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Stopping a warrantless police search?

Don't consent. Say so (ideally in a well documented way, like on video). Challenge the fruits of any unlawful search after the fact in a suppression hearing, or in a civil rights lawsuit. There is ...
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Can a child be a contract killer?

In germany, a child below the age of 14 cannot be guilty of a crime. However, a family court may order measures regarding the welfare of the child. In a case like the one you describe, or even ...
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If a moderator of an online forum edits my post to say something illegal, how could I prove I didn't write the incriminating message?

You're describing an attempt to incriminate you for a crime you didn't commit. This isn't unique to the Internet. While in most countries with rule of law the prosecution needs to prove your guilt to ...
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If vampires were real, what would one who broke into someone's home to drink their blood be charged with?

Cannibalism, at least in Idaho: Any person who wilfully ingests the flesh or blood of a human being is guilty of cannibalism. — https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title18/t18ch50/...
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Is it legal for a disability accomodation to inconvenience able-bodied people?

Yes Being disabled is a protected class under the Equality Act. being a cyclist isn’t. The landlord has to make reasonable accomodations for her, he doesn’t have to for you.
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Can a "You must use this property as primary residence for x years" clause be added to home-sale? Would it differ if the buyer were taking a loan?

It could be legal but a “punitively large sum of money” would not be The remedy for a breach of contract is damages, not punishment; punishment is reserved for the state in response to an offence, not ...
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What could a getaway driver be charged with?

In New South Wales, Australia a getaway driver is a “principal in the second degree” new-south-wales Under s345 of the Crimes Act 1900: Every principal in the second degree in any serious indictable ...
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If vampires were real, what would one who broke into someone's home to drink their blood be charged with?

In legend, vampires are animated corpses. So it is not a criminal matter, it is a matter of disposing of a corpse. For example the relevant Vermont laws call for the person who is concerned about the ...
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Can a child be a contract killer?

canada Child protective services would very likely intervene to place the child in circumstances where they can be better supervised for their own well-being and safety. See generally and for example: ...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is trying to stop you from rescuing another person?

united-states There are dozens of jurisdictions in the U.S. with different criminal laws, but most have adopted the “justification of necessity” from the Model Penal Code of 1967. This created a ...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is trying to stop you from rescuing another person?

canada The necessity defence may be available to Eve. In Canada there are three elements to this defence (R. v. Latimer, 2001 SCC 1 at paras. 28-31): there must be an urgent situation of “clear and ...
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Did Sokka commit the war crime of false flag? (ATLA S01E17)

No. Assuming both the Fire Nation and Water Tribes are signatories to the Geneva conventions, the rules only apply to uniformed members of the signatory member nations. Such as the water tribes have ...
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Can you legally reconstruct public domain content from copyrighted works based on public domain works?

Summary: A transcription of a "faithful" to-the-letter recorded performance of a public domain work is not copyright infringement. However, once there exists original changes to the ...
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If vampires were real, what would one who broke into someone's home to drink their blood be charged with?

In some states this would be a special charge of breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony during night time which, even if unsuccessful, would threaten Vlad with up to 20 years in ...
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Can a child be a contract killer?

washington Parents have an obligation to make their children behave, to a certain extent. If the parents allow their child to engage in some criminal enterprise, the courts have broad jurisdiction to ...
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If vampires were real, what would one who broke into someone's home to drink their blood be charged with?

The answer assumes that either the lore of Vampires not being capable of entering the dwelling of another without invitation is in effect (Most fiction that has this limitation will portray this as ...
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If a moderator of an online forum edits my post to say something illegal, how could I prove I didn't write the incriminating message?

While the situation you describe is very difficult for your hero, the company would have to have a hell of a reason to target your hero. Because, they only get to do that trick 2-3 times ever. "...
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Can you keep money that was refunded in error?

Speaking in very general terms, the law of England and Wales allows for the recovery of payments made by mistake. See, for example, Virgo, The Principles of the Law of Restitution (2015) at p 157: A ...
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Is responsibility for a child based on genetics?

The legal responsibility to support a child arises from "parentage" and not "genetic relatedness", therefore one of two identical twins will not be assigned such responsibility ...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is trying to stop you from rescuing another person?

new-south-wales Self-defence s418 of the Crimes Act (my emphasis): (1) A person is not criminally responsible for an offence if the person carries out the conduct constituting the offence in self-...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is trying to stop you from rescuing another person?

In france, if you are in a position to help someone who is in danger, and you decided not to even though there is no immediate danger for yourself, you can be prosecuted. This is defined in article ...
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Can a "You must use this property as primary residence for x years" clause be added to home-sale? Would it differ if the buyer were taking a loan?

This is called a Use Clause These are common in business real estate transactions (for example what you are doing with your property in a shopping mall). They are also fairly complex and in this case ...
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