Links for June 11th

  • Lynchburg Police: A Look at Citizen’s Arrest in Virginia
    Like most states, Virginia has a concept of "citizen's arrest." But you'd best know what you're doing if you're going to try it. The crime has to be a felony and you have to have actually observed the criminal commit the crime. Otherwise, you're setting yourself up for a kidnapping charge—even if the person is guilty.
  • Carnegie Hero Fund Commission
    In 1904, Andrew Carnagie established the Hero Fund, which would reward any civilian who voluntarily risks his lives while attempting to save the life of another. In the 107 years since, they have given out 9,000 medals and $32M in grants, 20% posthumously. These are the stories behind some of their winners, but brief information on all of the winners is available on their site.
  • NPR: The Unthinkable
    Franklin Pierce was the only president ever elected and subsequently denied his party's renomination. Arthur, Johnson, Fillmore, and Tyler also lost their party's nomination, but all of them ascended to the presidency from the vice presidency after the death of the president.

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2 replies on “Links for June 11th”

  1. So a citizen’s arrest requires a felony and that the party doing the ‘arresting’ witness the crime. Thats not all that different from a law enforcement arrest which requires one or the other. For misdemeanors which an officer didn’t witness, they’ll just tell you to go swear out a warrant before a magistrate, they won’t actually arrest someone for a misdemeanor they didn’t see themselves (based on my own limited interactions with law enforcement)

  2. Oh, and the Carnegie Hero Fund story made me think of these folks four of whom clearly qualify. I’ll have to go back and see if their local recipients are searchable.

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