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Can you sue the CIA for civil damages if it killed one of your relatives?

Can you sue the CIA for civil damages if it killed one of your relatives? I am wondering if a U.S. citizen can sue the CIA for civil damages and whether it can sue only if documents are declassified ...
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Is Critical Race Theory teaching in schools unconstitutional

I'm aware that this is rather a hot topic. I don't want to debate Critical Race Theory as such, but whether it violates the US Constitution and the Civil Rights Act when it is taught in schools. ...
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Would you be allowed to get a government ID if you had no fingerprints?

Would you be allowed to get an ID sans prints if you did not have fingerprints because you'd lost your hands in an accident or something? What if a construction worker who had accidentally sanded his ...
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What was wrong with the warrant application in Malley v. Briggs?

The beginning of the Court's opinion in Malley v. Briggs, 475 U.S. 335 (1986) describes a wiretapped phone call that led police to obtain a warrant against Plaintiff James Briggs: "General ...
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is it illegal to publish videos or photos of someone without their consent? [closed]

It it lawful for someone to publish on social media an audio-video clip of a private conversation without the other party's consent? Does the fact that the clip is accompanied by "nasty" ...
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Lease Addendum (California) waiving privacy rights to “recordings” - what kind of recordings are implied?

My apartment lease contract in California (Bay Area) has an addendum about waiving the rights to "recordings" taken or made of me. The addendum is formulated in highly legal jargon and its ...
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Do sex specific apps violate any anti-discrimination law?

Would a private business that only intends to serve one sex or another be in violation of anti-discrimination law? if so which one? I can think of a handful of examples of businesses that cater to ...
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How do I discover an trust fund, or estate account, that is being hidden by a malfeasant executor?

I have documents indicating there is an estate account being held under a minority heirs name & SSN, but the bank agents refuses to answer any questions about the account! No local attorney will ...
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What laws cover patented DNA in humans in relation to the patent owner?

Some conspiracy theorists make the absurd claim that if patented DNA ends up in your genome, then you become a patented GMO, and thus the patent owner has some degree of legal control over you and/or ...
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To what extent is Carolyn Bryant Donham legally responsible for the death of Emmett Till?

I read that there is a campaign in the United States by Civil Rights/BLM campaigners to arrest/charge Carolyn Bryant Donham, who lied in 1955 and claimed that she had been wolf-whistled at and grabbed ...
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What happens when a public institution in the US engages in segregation?

After the passage of Civil Rights Act what's the formal process to bring charges against schools, government institutions, or businesses that engage in segregation or other variations of "...
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Lawyer-approved statement to say to the police to unequivocally retain all rights

I understand that I have the right to remain silent, and that I shouldn't need to explicitly say that in order for my rights to be in effect. But we don't live in a perfect world. And should we end up ...
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Forced to take COVID test or go home without newborn baby

I just heard about a woman who wasn't even done with labor and was told she would have to take a COVID test. She and her husband respectfully declined as they said they had been quarantined. They were ...
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Pictures of people breaking the law in Facebook

Within this COVID19 pandemic various activities were forbidden in Portugal, like spearfishing or catching crabs in rocks. Yet, some people insist on doing them (let's call them rebels) but in a "...
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What constitutes as a place of “Public Accommodation”

In most anti-discrimination law, the term "public accommodation" comes up a lot, but the definition is vague at best. From what I gather it refers to all public (government-owned) establishments and ...
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Discrimination against male cheerleaders

I'm sure the average NFL fan prefers to watch female cheerleaders, but how does hiring only women comply with our Civil Rights Act (which outlaws discrimination based on sex)? For the record, some ...
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My car insurance company is taking a very long time to evaluate damage on my car — What are my rights?

I had an accident (not at my fault) about a month ago with my car. The car stopped working, and I had to tow the car to a shop. The insurance company said they would do their best to quickly evaluate ...
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Is due process a civil right or liberty?

Civil liberties are rights afforded to people that the government cannot impose upon. Civil rights govern government processes in an attempt to make them fair. Is due process a civil right or ...
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When are government officials protected by legislative immunity?

A legislator is being sued under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for violating a constituent's civil rights. The legislator wants to assert legislative immunity as a defense. What is the test for determining whether ...