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  •  um, no (0+ / 0-)

    First of all, not all violations of laws are "crimes." But any cause of action whether civil or criminal, does require evidence.

    Generally speaking, you're going to need a witness to testify.

    •  Which makes it more difficult to prosecute, (2+ / 0-)
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      but not undoable.  Which is why domestic violence is now charged and prosecuted whether the victim wants to or not.  It can and frequently is.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 11:17:59 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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        Especially in cases where the victims have an understandable and justified fear of recrimination. The government is supposed to be our watchdog and not merely our lawyer. That's what we pay them to do.

        Why are people trying to make it easier for the other side?

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 11:31:20 AM PDT

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    •  Who said anything about causes of action? (1+ / 0-)
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      Reread my comments and you'll see that I said this calls for an investigation, which needs no hard evidence, just an indication of possible lawbreaking. If said investigation yield such evidence, or testimony, then a CoA can proceed. You do realize that formal legal proceedings come later in the process, not at the start?

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 11:28:23 AM PDT

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      •  Well, first of all, (0+ / 0-)

        it looks like there is no federal law that prohibits private employers from requiring their workers to attend political rallies.

        http://yalelawjournal.org/...

        So you'd have to look to state law, and if there is such a law in this state, it would likely be a civil rather than criminal matter. It would be extremely unusual for a state AG to start an investigation without any complaint.

        And, yes, although I'm not a litigator myself, I did go to law school.

        •  Under threat of firing? (0+ / 0-)

          Well, perhaps these days there are no such laws, but perhaps that's because the past 40 years of deregulation have seen to it? No, I'm not a lawyer and didn't go to law school, but you don't have the be a legal expert to see the dangers of granting employers such powers over their employees. People with power these days have vastly too much power, and that's a recipe for backdoor fascism.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 12:44:16 PM PDT

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