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To what extent is suicide legal in the U.S. and in individual states?

This is interesting because things get extremely different on state and federal levels. Quoting this, Under modern U.S. law, suicide is no longer a crime. Some states, however, classify attempted ...
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Unintentionally assisting someone's suicide

The legal question is whether you can be convicted of a crime under the laws of some jurisdiction on earth. I'll start by assuming that you are in a jurisdiction where you can legally possess firearms ...
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Can ignoring a person on the Internet make me responsible somehow?

The First Amendement of the United States Constitution protects the right of an individual's freedom of association from government interference as one of the five protections in the First Amendment. ...
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Can police enter a dwelling to intervene in a suicide attempt in a state where suicide is not a crime?

I am assuming, for the purpose of this answer, that you are talking about actual (attempted) suicide - rather than (physician or associate) assisted suicide. With regard to the U.S., various states ...
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Who within the United States would have a legal obligation to report (or stop) a suicide attempt?

A police officer (or any other random person) would not be guilty of a crime or subject to civil liability for standing by and watching a suicide occur when it could be prevented, unless the person ...
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Is fulfilling the duties of a "second" in seppuku a crime in modern Japan?

A high profile example of modern seppuku was Yukio Mishima in 1970. His second failed to behead him and committed seppuku too, with both being beheaded by Hiroyasu Koga. A contemporary newspaper ...
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Will I have to appear in court or another proceeding about a suicide I discovered?

It is possible that you could be required to testify in a coroner's inquest, or in a criminal trial (if it were later determined that a crime was committed despite first impressions to the contrary). ...
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Germany - spousal liability for suicide

There are numerous what-ifs. Society’s moral values and thus laws may change. Or the unlikely death of your wife makes this question moot. (Let’s hope not.) Yes, failure to render assistance is ...
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Is it legal to guide someone to suicide?

In England and Wales, under section 2 of the Suicide Act 1961 (as amended by section 59 and Schedule 12 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009) it's a criminal offence to do an act capable of ...
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Will I have to appear in court or another proceeding about a suicide I discovered?

I've been called back to the police station a week after the event, to make a statement. Constable said (paraphrasing) the circumstances seem pretty cut and dried at this point so the coroner is ...
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What can person A not authorize person B to do which A can do on their own?

Legal Representation: You have the right to represent yourself in a legal proceeding, but you cannot assign that right to anyone that you choose, only to certain approved individuals. Vote: You can ...
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Police and failure to enter home of suicidal person

In the United States, there is no potential liability for the municipality or the police department. There is no legally enforceable duty of police to act to prevent either violations of the law, or ...
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Penalty for inciting mass suicide

It's impractical to say what the law of Guyana was in 1978, but we can substitute criminal law from 1998 and assume that there would be substantial overlap. Suicide is still a crime, as is murder and ...
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Illegal to threaten suicide in California?

In Germany, had the store not called the police (or paramedics), they would have been charged for not doing so under Section 323c. Other jurisdictions will no doubt have similar laws. On arrival, ...
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Who has authority to determine whether death was natural, accidental, suicidal, or homicidal?

Short Answers Does the Coroner have the final say on cause of death? No. The trial judge (or jury) has the final say. Can police pursue an investigation independent and contrary to that of the ...
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What statutes constrain an insurance provider's treatment of suicide?

As no jurisdiction was given, the law in Australia is the Life Insurance Act 1995. Section 228 says; A life company may only avoid a life policy on the ground that the person whose life is insured ...
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What statutes constrain an insurance provider's treatment of suicide?

In the United States, life insurance is regulated on a state by state basis, although most state regulations follow a common model and the state regulations in the states where life insurance ...
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Criminal liability for neglecting to stop a suicide in the Netherlands

Short answer: No Long answer: If you are obligated by law to help suicidal persons, you can get prosecuted. From Wetboek van Strafrecht, Title XV: Artikel 255: Hij die opzettelijk iemand tot wiens ...
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Are social network companies legally permitted to tell police about users at risk of suicide?

This is what I found out: The Stored Communication Act limits the ability of Inernet Service Prоviders tо vоluntarily disclоse infоrmatiоn abоut their custоmers and subscribеrs tо thе gоvеrnmеnt. (...
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What can person A not authorize person B to do which A can do on their own?

Similar to @user6726 item about legal representation, Building Trades: Person A can do various carpentry, electrical and plumbing work on the house they own and reside in, but are restricted in their ...
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Illegal to threaten suicide in California?

When you threaten to commit suicide in front of me, of course I will call the police, hoping that they will arrive in time to save your life. Any decent person would do that. The police aren't called ...
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Is it criminal to threaten suicide, or to have thoughts of suicide?

suicide and homicide are both criminally illegal This is incorrect: according to the LII article "Suicide" : Suicide is no longer considered a crime in the United States; however, some ...
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Could these facts lead to a conviction for manslaughter or other crimes?

Manslaughter: no, Other crimes: maybe new-south-wales Section 31C of the Crimes Act 1900 creates the awkwardly named crime of "AIDING ETC SUICIDE": (2) Where-- (a) a person incites or ...
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What form of privacy do doctors and call centers follow around suicide?

Mandatory reporting requirements depends on local law, which tend to require reporting only in connection with minors suspected of having been abused. This page allows you to search by state (...
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Illegal to threaten suicide in California?

Other aspects aside, are you in legal peril for threatening to commit suicide? Not in the direct sense. It's not illegal to attempt to emotionally manipulate someone. However, it would be a fairly ...
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Is it legal to intentionally manipulate a person towards suicide?

Yes, but it is its own crime new-south-wales australia s31C(2) of the Crimes Act 1900: 2) Where: (a) a person incites or counsels another person to commit suicide, and (b) that other ...
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Will I have to appear in court or another proceeding about a suicide I discovered?

Suppose that later evidence is found that seems to establish that the apparent suicide was in fact a murder. In such a case a witness to the finding of the body could be summo0ned to testify whenever ...
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Who has authority to determine whether death was natural, accidental, suicidal, or homicidal?

In Washington State, "cause of death" is part of a Vital Record under RCW 70.58, specifically a death certificate. RCW 70.58.170 says who may file a death certificate: "The funeral director or person ...
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