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Justice describes the punishment of offenders against the law and reward of those who obey the law, or society's attempt to do this.

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How is justice supposed to work for the president of the United States?

I am having trouble understanding how the President of the United States should be brought to justice if one should commit a crime. This question should not be viewed as pro-vel-contra Trump, but an ...
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How does jurisdiction of international courts work?

My understanding is that states who are signatories to international court are bound to respond to a lawsuit brought against them by another member state. Is that correct assessment? Or it’s case by ...
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Was Bill Clinton charged with a crime by the Justice Department, and why would the same reasoning not apply to Trump if so?

I see the following claim made by Andrew Napolitano on the Fox News network: "That opinion [that you can't charge a sitting president] is advisory, not mandatory. How do we know that? It came out ...
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Did everyone named in the Mueller report get to read it in advance?

Attorney General Bill Barr said this in a press conference today, in regard to the Mueller Report: In addition, earlier this week, the President’s personal counsel requested and were given the ...
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What happens if EU chooses a prosecutor that is not allowed to leave her country?

The main favorite in getting the EU prosecutor job (Kovesi) has been accused of corruption in Romania: Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top ...
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How is the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin risking 9000 jobs?

In the recently released tape the government was pressuring the attorney general not to prosecute SNC-Lavalin because of potential job loss and all that. The figure of 9000 jobs was mentioned at one ...
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Why high courts decisions do not also immediately issue the motivation for their decisions?

On numerous occasions media present High Court's decisions about public figures or entities and each time I notice mentioning that the motivation will come sometime in the future. Picking a random ...
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Henry Kissinger and the International Criminal court

The International Criminal Court was created by the Rome Statute in 1998, entered into force in 2002 and is currently ratified by 124 nations. This is the court par excellence, for prosecuting crimes ...
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What was John Huber tasked by Jeff Sessions with reviewing?

In 2017, after the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller to oversee the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, Congressional Republicans asked the Department of Justice to appoint a second Special ...
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What specific FBI policy/procedure required 29 FBI agents and 17 vehicles sent to arrest Roger Stone?

What specific FBI policy/policies are there that required 29 FBI agents and 17 vehicles (according to Stone's personal account) to be sent for his arrest? Is there any specific policy regarding the ...
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How can I obtain information about the candidates running for Judge in California?

Voters get to vote on retaining Judges in the State Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court. But there is a dearth of information to make an "informed" decision. I can easily ascertain the ...
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Why did Mississipi ratify the 13th Amendment so late?

I read recently - to my surprise - that Mississippi ratified the 13th Amendment to abolish involuntary servitude and slavery in 2013. In fact, there was a move to ratify it in 1995, but the paperwork ...
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Can Donald Trump fire someone who works in the Justice Department?

Donald Trump complained on Twitter about someone who still works for the Justice Department. How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department? Disgraceful! Witch Hunt! Isn't the ...
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Why allow convicted criminals to vote?

According to a 1998 HRW report, The United States may have the world’s most restrictive criminal disenfranchisement laws. We know of no other democracy besides the United States in which convicted ...
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Why is this reply by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein funny? [closed]

During the congressional hearing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on June 28th, Mr. Rosenstein was asked the following question: Did you threaten to subpoena their [staffers on the House ...
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Could Nayirah be prosecuted by the USA government?

Nayirah gave false testimony used by the President of the United States George H. W. Bush to justify the first Gulf War. She lied to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus at the age of 15 making ...
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How would a trial occur if two political bodies investigate the same crime?

Background In the United States, there is plentiful news of investigations of high profile people. In particular, some issues, like the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal have resulted in investigations ...
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Is there a correlation between nationalism/conservatism and lack of judicial independence/rule of law?

Note: I am mostly thinking about Europe and North America and I would like to hear about studies/articles concerning any of these states In the last years, EU have faced several cases of countries ...
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What are some arguments opposing the criminal justice system reform? [closed]

As in, the idea that there should be major changes to the criminal justice system because of its high incarceration rate and high racial disparity. I'm researching the criminal justice system reform ...
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Can the United States Federal Government alter the Criminal Justice System [closed]

Question I was wondering whether or not the phrase/sentence/claim/statement: "The United States Federal Government ought to alter the Criminal Justice System" be hypothetically feasible? To clarify,...
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Are minorities given harsher sentences in the criminal justice system in the US?

US has the largest incarceration rate of any country with 1 in 100 being in prison or incarceration. In 2016, the Prison Policy Initiative estimated that in the United States that about 2,298,300 ...
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How was this person considered for a pardon in Iceland?

Iceland's government is collapsing. At the heart of this is apparently a scandal involving the Prime Minister's father, who vouched for the character of a convicted sex offender. Part of the story ...
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Who takes over oversight of the Russia investigation if Jeff Sessions resigns or is fired?

A few months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the FBI's Russia investigation, so Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein became the Acting Attorney General for purposes of the ...
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Why do countries maintain a Ministry of Justice?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_ministry Why isn't having a Judiciary enough? Why do countries maintain a Ministry of Justice?
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Who does the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” refer to?

In an email sent from Rob Goldstone to Donald Trump Jr. that was released by Trump Jr. on Twitter, it was mentioned in one email that the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" met with Aras Agalarov. The ...
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How does Donald Trump Jr. benefit from releasing the e-mails he released?

This is a very simple question. Trump Jr. recently disclosed emails suggesting he welcomed Russian help against Clinton (see for instance here and here). To a considerable extent, this seems a ...
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What is the line of succession in the Department of Justice?

In 1973, Richard Nixon ordered his Attorney General to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating Watergate. The Attorney General refused and resigned, and then the Deputy ...
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Do DOJ regulations prohibit a Special Counsel from indicting the President?

I have seen many news articles mentioning that the Department of Justice has long argued that it cannot indict a sitting President; instead the appropriate course of action is for the DOJ to present ...
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Is it typical for someone to be arrested over $20k violation of campaign finance laws?

Is it typical for someone to be arrested over $20k violation of campaign finance laws? A US citizen was recently arrested, the charges being over illegally donating $20,000 to a Senate campaign (note ...
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Have there been any cases of hypoxia-induced executions in the US or elsewhere in the world?

Have there been any cases of cerebral hypoxia-induced executions in US or elsewhere in the world? (IE using altitude or N2O for asphyxiation) Since it is the most foolprooth and ethical method of ...
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Trump to prosecute rioters under Federal Law?

On the White House website President Trump's administration posts a decidedly change in law enforcement priorities: Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community One of the fundamental rights of ...
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Why are female offenders given lessor sentences for the same crime than men…?

I'm particularly talking about student teacher relationships. Females are usually given less sentences for the same/similar crime. Couple of years ago I found my former high school teacher had an ...
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US Courts of Appeals - What are the roles of the Circuit Justices?

I was reading the Wikipedia page for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit when I noticed that a "Circuit Justice" (in this case, Ruth Bader Ginsburg) was mentioned. I then found the page ...
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Is “Justice of the Peace” an official in the administration of justice in England?

Is "Justice of the Peace" an official in the administration of justice in England? What about the Arbitrators and Juries? Do we consider them officials in the administration of justice?
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What is the motivation for felony disenfranchisement?

Felony disenfranchisement is to take away someone's right to vote during or after this person is in prison. It appears particularly common in the United States. What is the aim of such a rule? Is ...
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Can a United States judge register to a political party?

Canon 5 of Code Of Conduct for United States Judges says the following. Does this mean that a judge cannot be a registered Republican or Democrat? Or is it okay as long as he/she does not participate ...
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How possible is it for a city's courts to assuage fiscal distress with extreme bail?

I'm watching a television murder mystery where the prosecutor asked for the suspect to post $1 billion bail. This leads me to question how possible it is for a city to use its court system to request ...
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How do juror demographics compare with voter demographics in the US?

I am interested in seeing how the demographics of juries compare with voters in the United States. Is anyone familiar with any research in this area? In a perfect world voters would be defined as "...
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In the U.S., what does it precisely mean that federal courts have limited jurisdiction?

In the U.S., what does it precisely mean that federal courts have limited jurisdiction? I ask because I'm unsure that they cannot hears cases in which the president or the Congress are involved. ...
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Is a jury entitled to find a defendant not guilty because the prosecution manufactured evidence?

If a jury decides that the prosecution has manufactured evidence against a defendant, are they entitled to find a defendant not guilty, even if they think that the defendant committed the crime they ...
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How to determine if an acquittal should not have happened?

A lot of people are saying that George Zimmerman should not have been acquitted over charges relating to his shooting of Trayvon Martin. As far as I'm aware, people are arguing that Zimmerman was ...
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Are there some patterns as to which judges in US are elected and which are appointed?

It looks like some judges in the US (seems mostly on local level) are elected, whereas some (e.g. SCOTUS) are appointed. Is there a good, well-known pattern (based on judge level, locale, etc...) ...
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Granting Search Warrants after the suspect has been pronounced dead

The recent mass shooting at a school in Connecticut weighs heavy on our minds, but when listening to the coverage I noticed something that I could never understand. When the State is prosecuting a ...
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How does libertarianism challenge a “property is theft” counter-argument to a “tax is theft” argument?

An argument commonly ascribed to libertarianism runs as follows: Property is the right (either shared or exclusive) to enjoy the benefits of a particular resource. Theft is the non-consensual ...