Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions

Need a study break? You can spend your entire day going through Wikipedia’s lengthy, lengthy list of common misconceptions throughout the entire history of time. This section is relevant to law enthusiasts:

Legislation and crime

  • It is rarely necessary to wait 24 hours before filing a missing person’s report; in instances where there is evidence of violence or of an unusual absence, law enforcement agencies in the United States often stress the importance of beginning an investigation promptly.[77][78][79] The UK government Web site says explicitly in large type “You don’t have to wait 24 hours before contacting the police”[80].
  • Entrapment law in the United States does not require police officers to identify themselves as police in the case of a sting or other undercover work.[81] The law is specifically concerned with enticing people to commit crimes they would not have considered in the normal course of events.[82]
  • Embassies and consulates are not the territory of the country they represent, but remain part of the host country. (They do enjoy some special legal protections, such as theinviolability of diplomatic premises, in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.)[83][84] Even inviolability is not undisputed; when Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was given asylum in the embassy of Ecuador in London, England, the British government wrote to the Ecuadorian government “You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the embassy.”[85], although in the event no such actions were taken.

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