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Are there lies that can be punished without any demonstrated harm?

Another answer says, without qualification (emphasis mine): "Lying per se is not illegal. For it to be so, the person lied to has to suffer a detriment that the lier [sic] ought to prevent." ...
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What is the legality of police wielding obscurantist legal sophistry against the public?

Alice is at a protest and gets into an altercation with another group. She shouts various lawful slogans towards them, and they report her to the police who arrive, seeking to “deescalate” the ...
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Would a dealership be required to honor a car sale agreement made by their chatbot?

Recently, a Chevorlet ChatGPT-powered chatbot was tricked into stating that it would sell a car for only $1: [BOT] Welcome to Chevorlet of Watsonville! Is there anything I can help you with today? [...
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Can a private person deceive a defendant to obtain evidence?

In the 2019 movie "Badla" (spoilers ahead), Naina was accused of committing a murder in the UK, and her trial is in London. She denies the accusation. Her clever lawyer Badal arrives and ...
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Is a auto body shop required to send me a copy of documents that they said I signed? [closed]

I requested through text message that they send me a copy of every document that I signed. They have not responded yet. In this situation, they have added $1300 of additional repair costs onto my ...
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If a person is dressed up as non-human, and is killed by someone who sincerely believes the victim was not human, who is responsible?

I've seen several videos about pranks when someone dresses up as a zombie or other kind of monster, to scare people. I would assume that if such an actor dressed up as a monster suddenly attacks ...
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Is advertising a product as "Chemical Free" false/misleading advertising?

Many products, often times foods or cleaning supplies use the phrase "Chemical Free" in their advertising and packaging. This is often used in products containing more naturally derived ...