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Can a gas station employee use Skimmer Scanner in TN without getting in trouble?

I recently ran across Skimmer Scanner, which is an app that uses Bluetooth to scan for, connect to, and send no-op commands to verify certain common types of card skimmers. Given that the app uses ...
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Who is accountable for underage drinking when the alcohol is easily accessed by the public? (United Kingdom)

I live in the UK. A group of teenagers are able to access large quantities of alcohol from an unsecured area (out in the open) at the rear of a small shopping complex. Are there any UK regulations ...
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Government compensation

I am contemplating going to the courts over an issue that has persistent for decades in my area. Cattle rustling has really affected the livelihoods of the people of Samburu North Constituency (...
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Lift laws and maintanance in a residential flat

In India, what are the legal facilities/minimum maintanance requirements (Like alarms, phones, power back up etc) for a lift installed in a residential flat?Who are responsible for any accidents ...
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When is evidence introduced that is not easily shown

In a criminal trial, I've seen counsel walk over and show items to the opposing counsel that they wish to enter into evidence. After showing it to them, they'll begin laying the foundation sometimes ...
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How come Canadian Police Information Checks do not show arrests, only convictions?

I was wondering if there was a way to find out what a U.S. border official will see on your record. A police information check in Canada seems to only show your conviction, no section on it that shows ...
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What does an officer mean by custodial statement?

If (in Canada) a police officer asks you to come in to make a custodial statement does this mean you will be placed under arrest?
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If a crime victim is a member of the US military, must local law enforcement defer jurisdiction to the military?

I was watching a cop show the other day, and city police were at the scene of a one-victim crime. It was determined that the victim was a service member. The lead detective then muttered, "which means ...
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My school have monitored my emails - I sent a distasteful email. Can I get in trouble?

I live in the UK. I recently sent an email to a group of my friends (only close friends) about an incident that has happened recently at my school through the school email (which operates through ...
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Is our website responsible for users' offline actions?

On our website clients find models for their photo shootings, castings, promotional events, etc. A client transfers an escrow payment to us and when a model finishes the job we sent the money to the ...
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If proven, would collusion with Russia to interfere with election meet criteria for charge of treason?

If a President-elect was proven to have colluded with Foreign operatives to interfere with our presidential election, could he or she be charged with treason? What we know: TREASON. Whoever, ...
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If a person commits assault in Mexico and not charged in Mexico, can he or she be charged here in the U.S.?

A man assaulted a woman while in Mexico. She did not press charges there and they returned to the U.S. Can she press charges against him in this country for something he did in Mexico?
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Could I create doubt of a crime by having multuple people suggest, but not actually claim, that they were the murderer?

Let's say hypothetically I'm a member of some gang and just killed a member of a rival gang. I've been accused of murder and taken to trail. My fellow gang members want to help me get off, but not ...
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How will the “stop and identify” statute work in New Hampshire in this particular hypothetical?

I asked this question before but it was closed. So I will try to be here more specific. I have read the stop and identify statutes wikipedia page. In this page there is written that: In 12 states (...
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What are the difference in obfuscated contract laws between Indonesia and other Countries?

In general, people can write any contract they want. In practice, many people agree to a contract without even reading. Even those that read carefully may miss important terms if the writers of the ...
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hearing date keeps getting extended - Ukraine

Sequence of events: November 2019: Person A and Person B are caught shoplifting at a major grocery chain in Lviv December 2019 - February 2020: Deposition/Discovery happens. First hearing. They plead ...
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What laws are void when one goes out of their way to do something?

I want to ask for various examples where something is typically legal, but becomes illegal when someone forces or manipulates a situation as a loophole around the law. For example, if someone from a ...
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What does “approach” mean?

The "Florida Computer Crimes Act" defines "access" in Florida statutes Ch. 815.03(1) as follows: “Access” means to approach, instruct, communicate with, store data in, retrieve ...
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What are the exact charges Fort Worth has dropped in relation to the recent unrest in the US?

Fort Worth has dropped all charges against people arrested for "rioting" related to the George Floyd protests. This seems insane to me, which makes me think there is more to this story. ...
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Is it legal in the USA to create sexualized pornography of underage teens if only breasts are displayed?

The federal definition of child pornography and what constituted sexually explicit depictions came up as part of a previous question of mine. Judging from that answer it appears that the definition ...
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Alleged miscarriage of justice, later proven guilty

I'm looking for examples of cases where there have been alleged miscarriages of justice, but subsequent research/appeals have turned up more evidence of guilt rather than innocence. The only example ...
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Under what conditions could a police force enlist the help of a minor?

Would it be illegal for a fourteen year old to assist the police in solving a murder in New York City? What kind of red tape would the department need to navigate in order to enlist their help?
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Drivers licenses:What States is it UnConstitutional to use fees to suspend DL's (beyond VA, TN)?

Drivers licenses:What States is it UnConstitutional to use fees to suspend DL's (beyond VA, TN)? 2018-12 VA lawmakers vote to eliminate driver's license suspensions over fees www.whsv.com/content/...
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Can sitting US Senators violate the Logan Act?

The Logan Act (18 USC 953) is pretty stark in its language: Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or ...
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If a police officer has taken the keys of my car away from me, who are the police allowed to return them to?

I was accused of stealing from a store from a worker so she tried to stop me from driving away. I was later arrested by the police because she claimed that I was attempting to harm her with my car. ...
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What evidence is needed to arrest someone on a restraining order?

My ex boyfriend approached me in violation of the order. Nobody I know was around. Police said I need to file a violation with the court I obtained the order. Is this a civil or criminal matter and ...
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Is it illegal to create code that causes damage to a computer system?

I'm reading about the Computer Abuse Amendments Act of 1994 and I just read: 'it is illegal to create any type of malicious code that might cause damage to a computer system.' Can someone clarify ...
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Is it legal to create and sell a tool to modify config files for games

I've recently discovered an oversight in a popular games config file system that allows you to use an item even if you haven't yet unlocked it, this is a multiplayer game where players are expected to ...
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Is it legal to wear human skin?

Can human skin or parts that is legally obtained be worn as jewelery or clothing in public? What about having a dehydrated body in your bar?
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Is it an error for a judge to not consider all pieces of evidence?

A prosecutor attempts to lay charges against an alleged perpetrator (in New Zealand anyone can do this under the private prosecution provisions). The judge is presented with a set of pieces of ...
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How can one fight probation revocation

A person is serving a sentence for a felony in Texas. They serve a while and are released on probation (not parole). One of the conditions of probation is that they not drink alcohol. During the ...
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What will I be charged with in Manhattan, New York?

I conspired with Daisy to steal a NYSE work badge/access card from Sanjay and Daisy replaces his badge with a fake one. I impersonate Sanjay (make my appearance like his) and sneak into the NYSE with ...
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Is there any country or state where the intellectual author of a homicide has twice or more the penalty than the physical author?

Discussing about what's worse, being the planner of a homicide or the actual killer, I found a proposal in a country for the planner to have twice the penalty of the killer. Is there any country or ...
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To what extent would a civil court defer to a criminal court (jury) decision?

To what extent does the doctrine of stare decisis bind civil courts to the decisions, especially the jury determinations, of criminal courts? If someone was convicted of an act that was both a crime ...
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In what situations is it a crime to provide an [EDIT: Image of possibly non-existent] fake or altered US gov't ID in digital form to a company

In particular, were a company to require (perhaps unreasonably) a copy of some kind of government identification, such as a Driver's License, is it illegal to produce a fake digital image of an ...
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Can a software developer/company be held liable for illegal acts done with their software?

If a software developer(s) / company creates software that can be used for hacking purposes but has "Terms of Use" that state it can not be used for an illegal activity. Can the creator(s) be held ...
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Does a defendant in a criminal misdemeanor trial have to show up for announcement?

I noticed that for speeding tickets and class C misdemeanors in our county court in Texas, the court will many times schedule an announcement repeatedly. If a defendant shows up for the announcement ...
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Is the New Hampshire version of a criminal threatening law defective?

In New Hampshire law, RSA 631:4 makes "Criminal Threatening" a crime. The law begins: A person is guilty of criminal threatening when: (a) By physical conduct, the person purposely places ...
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Do medical staff report wounds from rubber bullets like they do for gunshot wounds?

This question comes from a curious debate I'm in the middle of. Thankfully it's a completely wound-free debate (physically speaking). But I'm not certain if a rubber bullet wound is 'real' gunshot ...
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How do you file a criminal complaint when the police refuse to file the complaint?

Lets say that Bob has a problem with a high ranking member of the local government (Mayor, Police Chief, etc). After several protests of the local government and encounters/arrests by the Police, Bob ...
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Does NH Criminal Law RSA 627:4 II-a mean a person could legally brandish a firearm if they feel they are in imminent danger of deadly force?

Typically among most states, brandishing a firearm is not only illegal, but is frowned upon as a tactic to scare away a potentially forceful criminal since the state would deem that the person ...
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Is it legal to record your room mates, without their permission or knowledge in “community areas”?

UNITED STATES: WASHINGTON STATE: PIERCE COUNTY: TACOMA CITY hey guys, i have a question, i understand that the law right now is that you cannot legally record a phone call in Washington state without ...
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Does the product liability settlement law vary for online purchased products?

In this modern era, most of the products are online purchased. If the product is found defective or harmful, how can we file a product liability settlement claim? Does the process vary from normally ...
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Running from the police

If an officer pulls a car over and I get out start running, the officer ends up hurting himself, can I be charged with a felony and how much jail time if any?
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How can I, as a defendant, convince a court that an attorney is lying to deny post conviction relief?

Defendant, a non-ctizen, pleads guilty to felony. The non-citizen gets a good deal,(probation no jail time) but his attorney does not tell him that he is going to get deported for it. (The state ...

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