New Laws Generally React Rather Than Anticipate
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Post No.: 0572   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Cultures shape laws, and laws shape cultures. But cultures and communities should ideally shape the values, standards and in turn laws we have i.e. laws should reflect and react to the circumstances of … Read More

Being a Juror in a Jury Trial
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Post No.: 0566   Furrywisepuppy says:   You might be called up for jury duty one day if you are a citizen in the UK, USA, Canada or Australia for example.   Juries, made up of regular community members or … Read More

The Pernicious Nature of Pre-Trial Publicity
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Post No.: 0554   Furrywisepuppy says:   If someone puts up, on social media, a picture of a random stranger with the caption ‘rapist’ and a short story about what he/she allegedly did – too many people who come across … Read More

Conservative Neophobia and Liberal Neophilia
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Post No.: 0544   Fluffystealthkitten says:   In many situations, there’s a tension between wanting to protect one’s own individual interests and cooperating or sharing for the greater good, such as wanting to pay less in taxes but understanding that … Read More

Dealing With a Deal That Ends in Frustration
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Post No.: 0532   Furrywisepuppy says:   A party can get a contract invalidated if the other party fails to perform their side of the deal or if the other party acts fraudulently.   Under Common law, goods and services … Read More

The Reliability of Polygraph or Lie Detector Tests
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Post No.: 0521   Furrywisepuppy says:   The accuracy and validity of polygraph tests are dubious, yet some public and private sector organisations still rely on them as interrogation tools, such as the probation service or as part of workplace … Read More

The Merits of Having Elected Representatives
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Post No.: 0509   Furrywisepuppy says:   Strong arguments for why political representatives should be elected by the public in a representative democracy (via free, competitive, fair and regular elections) include because this should align their interests with the popular … Read More

Making a Contractually Mutual or Unilateral Mistake
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Post No.: 0503   Furrywisepuppy says:   In general, if a contract is made between free and knowledgeable people and if there’s been a mistake – as in not just concerning a minor detail but an important one that the … Read More

Select Committees and Petitions Explained
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Post No.: 0482   Furrywisepuppy says:   The government watches over us, to protect us as well as keep us in line, and we should all do our bit to watch over the government in return – that’s how it … Read More

Public Bills, Private Bills and Hybrid Bills
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Post No.: 0460   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A ‘bill’ is a proposed piece of legislation. In the United Kingdom, after a bill is proposed, it is considered by the legislature, which is the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and if … Read More

Make Me an Offer I Can’t Refuse!
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Post No.: 0455   Furrywisepuppy says:   A contract is formed only if and when an offer, exactly as stated, is accepted – this is the ‘mirror image rule’. The person who initiates an exchange (the offeror or ‘master of … Read More

False Confessions Means False Justice
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Post No.: 0443   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Confessions are highly persuasive. Less than half of suspects in criminal cases make full confessions but they’re the number one reason for determining a conviction if a case goes to trial.   Confessions … Read More

Internal Controls and Whistleblowers
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Post No.: 0429   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let’s now look at some ways we can tackle fraud within an organisation, as promised at the end of Post No.: 0424…   Interventions that can get inbetween fraudsters and their criminal acts … Read More

The Minds of Fraudsters and the Elements of Fraud
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Post No.: 0424   Furrywisepuppy says:   In general terms, fraud is an intentional deception, whether by commission or omission, which causes a perpetrator to realise a gain and a victim to suffer an economic loss.   When under a … Read More

Making a One-Sided Promise, and Detrimental Reliance
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Post No.: 0415   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let me try to extend on Fluffystealthkitten’s post on enforceable and unenforceable contracts in Post No.: 0305. I recognise that I may be vastly overstepping my expertise here but hopefully it’ll serve to … Read More

PMQs, Oral and Written Questions, and Debates
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Post No.: 0374   Furrywisepuppy says:   This post may only be primarily relevant for those living in the United Kingdom, although I hope it’ll be interesting for others around the world to read about too – perhaps for the … Read More

Con Artists and Confidence Tricks or Scams
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Post No.: 0353   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Cons, confidence tricks, scams, hustles or swindles, conducted by fraudsters who might be called con artists, grifters, scammers or swindlers, typically exploit the greed, credulity, irresponsibility, desperation, lust, vanity, insecurity or other vulnerabilities … Read More

Identifying a Criminal Suspect from a Line-Up
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Post No.: 0347   Furrywisepuppy says:   Identifying upside-down faces is particularly difficult compared to trying to identify other objects that are presented to us upside-down, suggesting that we use a different brain mechanism when identifying faces. This may possibly … Read More

Police Interviews and Interrogations
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Post No.: 0339   Furrywisepuppy says:   (The room is dark apart from the light of a single lamp blazing right in the suspect’s face. In the shadows, Furrywisepuppy is wearing a trench coat and fedora hat too why not … Read More

Offender and Racial Profiling
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Post No.: 0317   Furrywisepuppy says:   Offender or criminal profiling is about determining the potential characteristics of an offender by examining the characteristics of a crime scene, the victim(s) and the crime itself. This is based on patterns found … Read More

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