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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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If my electronic devices are searched, can a police officer use my ideas?

Mere ideas are not, as others have said, protected by copyright. However, the police officer in such a situation may have a duty of confidentiality, particularly if s/he is informed that the contents ...
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Must the interrogation stop when the right to counsel has been invoked?

Yes, for the jurisdiction specified in the tag In the United States, questioning must stop as soon as the accused assserts his or her right to counsel. It's been upheld by subsequent precedent, but ...
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is there a limit of speed cops can go on a high speed pursuit?

Here's the relevant statute for Virginia, 46.2-920 A. The driver of any emergency vehicle, when such vehicle is being used in the performance of public services, and when such vehicle is operated ...
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Must the interrogation stop when the right to counsel has been invoked?

Under Miranda v. Arizona, interrogation must stop. Subsequent case law has refined when that rule holds. It is not sufficient to indicate a desire to speak to an attorney, it is necessary to ...
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Is there such a thing as specific agents/officers legally pursuing international criminals across borders?

european-union Various EU countries have agreements on cross-border law enforcement. This may include joint patrols, with authority switching between the officers depending on which side of the ...
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Ahmaud Arbery defendants invoke Georgia State Law as a Defense in Federal Court

Be careful: from the Wikipedia article, it appears that there is a state criminal trial and there will be a federal criminal trial. In addition, there is a federal civil suit which incorporates some ...
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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 there such a thing as specific agents/officers legally pursuing international criminals across borders?

canadaturks-and-caicos-islands See the scenario adjudicated in R. v. Hape, 2007 SCC 26. The Supreme Court of Canada quoted a principle of international law from I. Brownlie, Principles of Public ...
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Can law enforcement dig up endangered plants to recover evidence of a crime?

The Meme is Incorrect Law enforcement in the united-states may disturb or dig up plants that are listed as endangered species while unearthing evidence of a serious crime. 16 U.S. Code § 1538 ...
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What is it called when a suspect is questioned without their lawyer?

united-states "I know is it illegal for authorities to question a suspect when their lawyer isn’t present" This is not really true, at least in the US. The suspect must explicitly ask for ...
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is there a limit of speed cops can go on a high speed pursuit?

The speed limit for the road OR if it is reasonable in the circumstances that the speed limit should not apply, as fast as the driver, acting reasonably, determines australia The relevant provisions ...
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Is there such a thing as specific agents/officers legally pursuing international criminals across borders?

No Law enforcement agencies generally cooperate with each other. This cooperation may be liaison, sharing data, on-the-ground assistance (particularly from more developed to less developed countries), ...
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Ahmaud Arbery defendants invoke Georgia State Law as a Defense in Federal Court

The answer to your direct question is that you are mixing things up: a state law like a Citizen's Arrest statute would only be a valid defense in a state trial. A federal trial would require a federal ...
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If my electronic devices are searched, can a police officer use my ideas?

Your ideas for startups or inventions might qualify as trade secrets. Trade secret law is not uniform internationally so this might or might not help you. But it is very uniform within the US.
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To what degree can Interpol agents take part in an international pursuit?

What agents? Contrary to the common idea due to frequent portrayals in popular media, Interpol is not a supranational law enforcement agency and has no agents with arresting powers. Instead, it is an ...
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Is it legal for undercover cops to pose as your friends?

That the cop claims to be your friend is not more illegal than a salesman claiming that he has "the best offer" for you because he likes you (in fact didn't you see any film about the good cop/bad cop ...
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When does an officer's discretion end, and where does an officer's duty begin?

There is an important distinction between moral duty and legal obligation. Even if an officer should arrest a person, given some moral standard, they are not legally obligated to do so. A test for ...
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If my electronic devices are searched, can a police officer use my ideas?

If you have a password protected phone, these ideas probably mostly qualify as trade secrets. A law enforcement officer using trade secrets obtained for a limited purpose in furtherance of ...
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If my electronic devices are searched, can a police officer use my ideas?

united-kingdom Under the Borders, Citizenship, and Immigration Act 2009, ss 14 et seq, the wrongful disclosure of information gained by a customs officer in their search is a criminal offence. Thus, ...
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Does the jurisdiction of a LEO end at an easement?

When the LEO violently assaulted the citizen on the easement is he out of his jurisdiction? No. Federal law enforcement officers' jurisdiction generally* includes the entire US. Federal and state ...
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What can someone do when scammed in the crypto world? How to report the scam and recover your crypto?

Legally speaking, there is no such thing as "crypto space". Everyone operates within their local legal system. The recent scandal around FTX/Alameda is a good example that shows that the &...
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Must the interrogation stop when the right to counsel has been invoked?

england-and-wales In England, you have an absolute right to have a solicitor (either your own, or a free duty solicitor) be produced "as soon as is practicable" on your request*. There is, ...
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