Violent crimes and conspiracies often go hand and hand. Investigators can, and often do, intervene before the act of the crime is completed simply based on conspiracy theory. Through conspiracy laws, violent crimes can be stopped before they occur, while still ensuring that the suspects involved are properly charged. This discussion question will explore using conspiracy law in crimes against persons, particularly the crime of bank robbery.
Please respond to all of the following:
- Discuss some of the problems that arise when prosecuting a conspiracy to commit bank robbery case in which the conspirators have been arrested prior to actually robbing the bank.
- Discuss whether or not law enforcement should allow the objective of the conspiracy to be completed before making an arrest.