Frontier Justice: A Treatise on Space Law
A Brief Summary of Space Law
As a Security Officer, the zeroth Space Law that you should probably always obey is to use your common sense. If it is a crime in real life, then it is a crime in this video game. Remember to use your best judgement when arresting criminals, and don't get discouraged if they complain.
For certain crimes, the accused's intent is important. The difference between Assault and Attempted Murder can be very hard to ascertain, and, when in doubt, you should default to the less serious crime. It is important to note though, that Assault and Attempted Murder are mutually exclusive. You cannot be charged with Assault and Attempted Murder from the same crime as the intent of each is different. Likewise, 'Assault With a Deadly Weapon' and 'Assaulting an Officer' are also crimes that exclude others. Pay careful attention to the requirements of each law and select the one that best fits the crime when deciding sentence.
Security roles and their superiors can read the Miranda warning to suspects by using the Recite Miranda Rights verb or *miranda emote. The wording is also customizable via Set Miranda Rights.
Additionally: It is highly illegal for Nanotrasen personnel to make use of Syndicate devices. Do not use traitor gear as a non-traitor, even to apprehend traitors.
Here's a guideline for how you should probably treat suspects by each particular crime.
No suspect may be sentenced for more than five minutes in the Brig for Minor Crimes. Minor Crime sentences are not cumulative (e.g: max five minutes for committing multiple Minor Crimes).
- To use physical force against someone without the apparent intent to kill them.
- To take items from areas one does not have access to or to take items belonging to others or the ship as a whole.
- Breaking and Entering
- To deliberately damage the ship without malicious intent.
- To be in an area which a person does not have access to. This counts for general areas of the ship, and trespass in restricted areas is a more serious crime.
- Resisting Arrest
- To not cooperate with an officer who attempts a proper arrest.
- Escaping from the Brig
- To escape from a brig cell, or custody.
- Assisting or Abetting Criminals
- To act as, or knowingly aid, an enemy of Nanotrasen.
- Drug Possession
- To possess space drugs or other narcotics by unauthorized personnel.
- Narcotics Distribution
- To distribute narcotics and other controlled substances.
For Major Crimes, a suspect may be sentenced for more than five minutes, but no more than fifteen. Like above, multiple Major Crime sentences are not cumulative.
- To maliciously kill someone.
- Unauthorised executions are classed as Murder.
- To unintentionally kill someone through negligent, but not malicious, actions.
- Intent is important. Accidental deaths caused by negligent actions, such as creating workplace hazards (e.g. gas leaks), tampering with equipment, excessive force, and confinement in unsafe conditions are examples of Manslaughter.
- To engage in maliciously destructive actions, seriously threatening crew or ship.
- Bombing, arson, releasing viruses, deliberately exposing areas to space, physically destroying machinery or electrifying doors all count as Grand Sabotage.
- Enemy of Nanotrasen
- To act as, or knowingly aid, an enemy of Nanotrasen.
- Creating a Workplace Hazard
- To endanger the crew or ship through negligent or irresponsible, but not deliberately malicious, actions.
- Possession of Explosives
Suspects guilty of committing Major Crimes might also be sentenced to death, or perma-brigging, under specific circumstances listed below.
Execution, permabrigging, poisoning, or anything else resulting in death or massive frustration requires:
- Solid evidence of a major crime
- Permission of the following Heads:
- the Head of Security
- the Captain
- the Head of Personnel
Please note that the ruling of the HoS supercedes that of the Captain in criminal matters, and likewise, the Captain with the HoP. Execution should only be used in grievous circumstances. The execution of criminals without Command authority, or evidence, is tantamount to murder.
Standard Security Operating Practice
As a Security Officer, you are expected to practice a modicum of due process in detaining, searching, and arresting people. Suspects still have rights, and treating people like scum will usually just turn into more crime and bring about a swift end to your existence. Never use lethal force when nonlethal force will do!
- Detain the suspect with minimum force.
- Handcuff the suspect and restrain them by pulling them. If their crime requires a brig time, bring them into the office, preferably via Port-a-Brig.
- In the brig, tell them you're going to search them before doing so. Empty their pockets and remove their backpack. Look through everything. Be sure to open containers inside containers, such as boxes inside backpacks. Be sure to replace all items in the containers when you're done. Don't strip them in the hallways!
- If you need to brig them you can feed them into the little chute next to the brig. Remember to set the timer!
- Confiscate any contraband and/or stolen items, as well as any tools that may be used for future crimes, these need to be placed in a proper evidence locker, or crate and should not be left on the brig floor, or used for personal use, if stolen, return the items to their rightful owners.
- Update their security record if needed.
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