Analyze the following situations and determine whether a crime has been committed or not. Support your answers with research and reasoning.
?Alison is addicted to crack cocaine. She has purchased the drugs but now realizes that her lighter is broken and she has no way to smoke the drugs. She is walking past a car when she sees a lighter sitting on the dashboard of the car. Alison breaks the window of the car. She sits in the driver's seat and uses the lighter to smoke the cocaine. She returns the lighter to its spot on the dash. She then passes out in the driver's seat where she remains until the car owner finds her the next morning. Alison tells the police that she only broke into the car to use the lighter to smoke cocaine. The police arrest her for burglary. Can the charge stand? Provide examples and case law to substantiate your position.
?Bernice has three children. She makes $30,000 per year at her job, which is too much to qualify for welfare but not enough to support her three children. She does not receive child support because the children's' father is incarcerated. She goes to the welfare office and applies for welfare and food stamps. On the application, she indicates that she makes only $20,000 per year. She modifies her pay stubs to reflect a lower income and submits them to the welfare office. The welfare office approves her application, and she is given welfare and food stamps. Has Bernice committed any crimes? If so, name the crime.
?Mark is working on a vaccine for Ebola?Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF)?a disease that spreads through a tick bite in humans. The company he works for no longer has the money to finance his research. Another company in the Netherlands contacts him, saying they are interested in purchasing Mark's research. Mark decides to sell his research to the company in the Netherlands. Has Mark committed any crime? What would be your answer change, if the vaccine is for a virus that spreads through air, and if released, can kill many people in a short period of time? Why or why not? Does the law make these distinctions, yes or no?
?Candy is an escort employed by an escort service. On occasion, she has been arrested for prostitution. Candy feels that prostitution should not be a crime because no one gets hurt and she provides a service. Analyze and explain whether Candy is correct that prostitution is a "victimless crime." In your opinion, should prostitution be legalized? Why or why not?
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