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Is it legal for a county employee in the the U.S. state of Tennessee to use official department social media accounts to post political messages?

I noticed a recent post from a local county school board's official social media account - authored by the Director of Schools (superintendent equivalent position) - advocating a position in regards ...
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Why did Justice Antonin Scalia advise not talking back to judges, not even politely?

I copied and pasted the transcript from YouTube commencing at 91:04, the end of the 2007 Ames Moot Court Competition. As you can read, the English barrister's comeback was polite — no profanity or ...
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Honest advertising in polls?

Are there laws restricting polls, similar to laws restricting advertisements? Polls can ask questions that contain false premises, or an hypothetical assumption that is so unlikely that just saying "...
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Can a religious employer prohibit public advocacy?

I work for the Roman Catholic church in the USA. I am an administrative assistant with only very rare dealings with the public. When I was hired I was told by a Human Resources representative that if ...
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Should 'lie' ever be used in a legal context?

Source: Ontario Small Claims Court - A Practical Guide (2011). p. 190 Bottom. (d) Inflammatory Pleading §9.15 A plaintiff or defendant in his pleading may make scandalous or in- flammatory references ...
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Are attorneys, as officers allowed to advocate for positions in supposedly-neutral courtrooms?

An Ohio judge jailed an public defender (and blocked her from appointments for further work) for contempt of court when the attorney refused to remove a "Black Lives Matter" pin. The logic seems to ...
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If a witness refuses to answer 'Has the defendant done this before?', then why can the jury appeal to ignorance?

Source: p 186, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC (called to the Bar of England and Wales).   Until then great attention will be paid to any question asked by the jury on the ...
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Do 'questions come from the jury after they have retired to consider their verdict, when they can't be answered'?

Source: pp 185-186, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC (called to the Bar of England and Wales).   Juries have no rights on questions of evidence at all, except as the final ...
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If the defendant declines the plaintiff's counsel's request to give evidence, then how did the latter err?

Source: pp 182-183, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC.  Less fortunate was a Mr Barker in 1896, who suddenly found that all his furniture had been sold by a man named Shalless ...
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What must an advocate not give evidence, e.g. 'My instructions are that ...'?

Source: p 125, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC.   The alternatives of 'I put' and 'I suggest' are also open to objection in that the use of the personal pronoun brings the ...
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How was Hume Williams 'impotent' and 'personally involved' in his altercation with a witness?

Source: pp 65-66, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC. Sorry for the long quote; please advise me if and how I can abridge it. Tenacity is more than an aspect of courage. Counsel ...
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What is wrong, if a jury discovers 'in facts which ought not to be before them good reason for deciding what verdict to return'?

Source: p 97, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC.   If the witness must not be led, he must be guided. The evidence is given responsively, in answer to questions, not ...
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Why is 'did you read the review of it' inadmissible, but 'Has anyone else suggested that it advocates revolution' admissible?

Source: p 68, The Art of the Advocate (1993) by Richard Du Cann QC.   In the Laski case, after a prolonged cross-examination Hastings upon some carefully selected passages from Laski's ...
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