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01:48:31 AM Dec 1st 2012
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"It seriously wasn't criminal to break into a private residence?

Nope, though the Queen could have sued him under Tort Law if she'd wanted."

This is confusing, depending on where you live.

Even though United States law was originally based on British law in part, it long ago parted ways. (Particularly when the Founding Fathers changed what they saw as not working.) The result is, while criminal trespass on private property has been at least a misdemeanor in the US for a long time, it wasn't so much in Britain until the law was changed, as mentioned in the entry.

It gets even more interesting around the world. Googling where trespass is criminal vs civil is... enlightening. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trespass_to_land http://indiankanoon.org/search/?formInput=criminal%20trespass ...and so on.
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