Congress Takes on the Cyberterrorist

The Patriot Act, passed by congress in 2001 is part of statutory law, and this article looks at the implications of the act on cyberterrorism, and considers the crimes of the cyberterrorist amongst other types of computer crimes. Pushed through in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon the [...]

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Kidnapping: Defenses and Penalties

Kidnapping is a criminal offense which involves taking and conveying away a person against his or her will, either by force, fraud, or intimidation. Kidnapping may be done for ransom or for political or other purposes. Generally, kidnapping occurs when a person, without lawful authority, physically moves another person without that other person’s consent.
Model Penal [...]

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What is a Hate Crime?

Hate crimes are crimes committed against another because of a victim’s race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected status. The federal government and most states have laws or regulations that define some hate crimes as separate crimes in themselves; and federal and state governments also have laws to augment penalties for [...]

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Criminal Possession of a Weapon

A person may be charged with criminal possession of a weapon if that person has actual (the weapon is on the person, under direct physical control, or within reach) or constructive possession (the person has knowledge of where a weapon is and control over that area) of a deadly weapon.
In addition a person may be [...]

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What Constitutes Terroristic Threatening?

Terroristic threatening is recklessly or intentionally threatening to commit a violent crime for the purpose of terrorizing another, causing public panic, or causing the evacuation or disruption of a public space or facility. Some state laws are narrow, specifying that the threat must be very specific and direct, while other states adopt a looser [...]

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Domestic Violence Laws

Domestic Violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence and spouse abuse) is an offense where the offender and victim have an intimate relationship and share or have shared a residence, or have a child in common.  Domestic violence laws encompass standard assault, battery, and sexual offenses that sometimes occur between domestic partners.  Domestic violence [...]

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Assault and Battery Charges

Assault is both a crime and a tort, and, therefore, may result in either criminal or civil liability.  Battery is a criminal offense and is oftentimes coupled with criminal assault; and as such, the two acts are considered to be two elements of the same crime.  In essence, an assault involves the threat or attempt [...]

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Vehicular Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular homicide (also referred to as aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and various state designations) is a crime that involves a death resulting from the negligent operation of a vehicle or a crime resulting from driving while committing an unlawful act that does not merit a felony charge.  Vehicular homicide entails the unintentional, yet unlawful, [...]

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The Crime of Homicide

Depending on the circumstances surrounding a killing, a person convicted of murder may be sentenced to many years in prison, a prison sentence with no possibility of parole, or death. Second-degree murder usually is punished with more than twenty years in prison, while first-degree murder is punished with a life term in prison without the possibility of parole; and in states where the death penalty is practiced, first-degree murder is punishable by death.

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