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Have you paid it forward? That means what have you previously done without compensation without any belief that you would ever receive any benefit. Saying you would do it now is not paying it forward; it is better.
Timothy Denison's answer Send the detective a certified letter requesting release of the property or the reasons why the property is not being released. If there is no response, you should contact a lawyer and have him send a letter prior to filing suit.
Stefan Otterson's answer Although you are family members, neither of you has an obligation to the other that goes beyond what two strangers would have. This isn't a matter of family law. You could report your sister's acts to the police, or you could bring a civil lawsuit yourself. Unless the property value was very high, you would do this in Small Claims Court, which has procedures that are conducive to handling things yourself without a lawyer.
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer No, it doesn't appear that the fact that this individual runs a private business on the side affects the validity of his investigative results. Whether or not members of the community think of him as a police officer or as a private investigator doesn't appear to matter as well. Alaska, by the way, doesn't license private investigators last time I checked.
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer Apparently the alleged crimes occurred over a three year period. Yes, the alleged perpetrator can be charged, unless criminal charges are tolled by any applicable statute of limitations, or unless there is an applicable close-in-age exception.
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer First, I disagree that C's offered testimony should have been excluded as hearsay. What A & B may have said was not offered (I suspect) for the truth of what they said, but rather for what they said. If, for example, A (according to C) said "I am going to get my gun and kill you, C", the statement wouldn't be probative as to whether A would later kill C, but rather whether A said the threat.
It could, however, have been excluded as being irrelevant. Without the entire transcript of...
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer You will need to show up on the date and time. If you are actually placed on a jury panel (or "venire"), you will be given the chance to explain your attitude to the court and counsel and will probably be excused from serving on the jury.
It may well be a civil case, by the way, in which case you wouldn't be asked to find anyone guilty of a crime.
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer Generally the authorities will need to keep evidence until the case(s) have been decided. Merely because one of the suspects asked to be "furloughed", doesn't mean that request will be granted, or that all prosecutions will be completely over. The case against each defendant will only be over when that person is acquitted, or convicted and all appeal options have been exhausted.
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