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A man killed my son and married one of the witnesses. Can the witness's statements still be used in court against him?

In Florida a career felon, who is a complete stranger to my son, killed my son. He is being prosecuted for this crime in a state court in Florida. There are two witnesses. One of them is the the ...
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Can prosecutors change or add additional charges once you plead guilty?

Suppose you are charged with theft of trade secrets. If you decide to plead guilty, can the government add further charges or change the existing ones after seeing that you've pleaded guilty? For ...
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What happens if Federal Courts contradict each other?

Regarding the recent travel ban, federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland both ruled against the ban. What would have happened if one of those judges ruled against the ban and the other did not?
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Getting away with murder in Yellowstone National Park?

http://www.vice.com/read/theres-a-50-square-mile-section-of-yellowstone-where-you-can-get-away-with-murder?utm_source=vicefbusads&utm_campaign=shortieslookalike5 Is there something to the idea ...
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AG's and indictments

I'm curious, let's say that a prosecutor has taken a case before a grand jury. That grand jury has chosen to indict. Can the AG withdrawal those indictments? I've been trying to find out here, but I'...
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Why does the District of Columbia have its own Court of Appeals?

Geographically, it looks like DC should be part of the Fourth Circuit. With such a small population, only about 3% of what the other Circuits have jurisdiction over, why does it get its own?
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Under what circumstances is the writ of mandamus normally used?

Currently the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia are pursuing a case against the President of the United States regarding alleged violations of the emoluments clause. As described by ...
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How can two separate federal judges rule on the same question at basically the same time?

In relation to Trump's executive orders, both the first version and the new watered down one, it seems that two (or more) separate judges were asked to rule on its constitutionality. How can this be ...
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What's the punishment for false rape accusations in the US?

Is there currently any federal or state laws that punish false rape accusations?
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What if someone put a non-lethal “bomb” im a package addressed to them to get back at a mail stealing thief

Already I know this is a bad idea. Someone keeps stealing my friends packages that were left on their doorstep. They had the bright idea of rigging a smoke bomb or itching powder bomb or something ...
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Filing a Federal Criminal (not Civil) Complaint

I want to file a Federal criminal (not civil) complaint in California under... Conspiracy against rights - https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/241 Frauds and swindles - https://www.law....
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How should I prepare in terms of dress and language to testify at a bail hearing?

So there's this situation, where a relative of mine has been arrested and caged up with charges of a white collar crime. In order for us to fight the prosecutors, we must bail him/her out first. I ...
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Multiple “not more than”-style offenses in sentencing guidelines

Federal sentencing guidelines tend to use 'not more than' x amount of time in what I assume is a reverse mandatory minimum, disallowing a judge from 'throwing the book' at the offender. However, some ...
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Can Rule 15(c)(1) be used by original parties to defeat a timely claim?

I am currently in a scenario analogous to this one: Can this hypothetical sequence of events occur in the Federal Arena (particularly 9th cir). 1.) Plaintiff brings a suit against party A before ...
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What is law of the case in the us federal court system for district court judges?

Someone recently brought up the apple fbi phone unlock case and I, not being a lawyer, got curious about whether, if a final decision had been reached by that judge, what exactly that would mean. That ...
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Federal courts under the Articles of Confederation

This is meeting with silence at history.stackexchange.com, so I'm trying it here: The ninth Article of Confederation establishes federal judicial jurisdiction in some cases, including "disputes and ...
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Are there any circumstances under which a federal court order may be lawfully ignored?

Question is in the title. Another formulation: Are there any circumstances under which a defendant may lawfully decline to comply with a federal court order? A sort of mini-appeal process, if you will?...
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some aspects of the Steven Avery case

As many others all over the world, I follow the Steven Avery case. Can you explain to me this matter? According to an article on the internet, "a federal judge has overturned the 1st Degree ...
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Do complaints under the Privacy Act of 1974 need to be made in local court first?

In cases where a complaint involves a US Federal law, like the Privacy Act of 1974, does the petitioner need to file the complaint first in a local (state) court, or can the petitioner file ...
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Universal 2 factor authentication (U2F) and pleading the fifth amendment

Back in 2013, WIRED stated that using fingerprint authentication on a phone may not prevent authorities (in the US at least) to gain access to one's phone without their agreement, whereas a memorized ...
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what percentage of a Qui Tam is recovered?

In the case of a Qui Tam filing with the United States attorneys office what percentage of the recovered damages go to the person that filed with the office?
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Amending Motions

CM/ECF (The Electronic Filing System used by federal courts) has a section for "amended motions". What are the circumstances under which a party could amend a motion? In federal court, can one amend a ...
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Can a federal judge rule a higher sentence than the state attorney/prosecutor proposed in the US?

Suppose a US federal attorney/prosecutor brought a case before a US federal court and the defendant is accused of committing a federal crime. The law says that the defendant can be imprisoned up to 5 ...
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Are lawyers allowed to keep charging money after termination?

I was wondering if attorneys are allowed to keep charging money even after termination. The situation is this: a lawyer has been terminated. A new lawyer has been retained and he/she has filed notice ...
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What Are Mooted Motions

Are "mooted" motion(s) a part of the record for hearing FRCP 12(c) motions? Can a party incorporate their previous motion(s) to dismiss into their current motion to dismiss even though those ...
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Appying for positions on the federal bench?

In the U.S.A. when a federal judgeship is vacant, do candidates apply to the president for it, or must they simply wait for him to ask them? Does that include vacancies on the Supreme Court? (Things ...
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What are the legal issues of the Trump administration's proposed Muslim registry?

What's the legality of Muslim Registry suggested by some of Trump's administration and his supporters? Does this violate freedom of religious expression or other federal discrimination laws?
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what are the fines for negligent administration of social security numbers?

Years ago (about 2001) I read a USC statute that stated that the fine for negligent storage of social security number could result in a $10k 'per record' fine. I have been looking for this USC or ...
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What is a dispositive motion?

Is a 'motion for judgment on the pleadings' a dispositive motion? Yes, no, maybe, sometimes?
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motion practice and timeliness

If a defendant does not timely reply to a response, then a judge orders the defendant to file a reply within x amount of days; is that prejudicial to the responding party? Prejudicial to plaintiff ...
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discovery objections

suppose a party is seeking discovery on an opponent. The opponent refuses to answer discovery because they say "irrelevant, not related to the claims". If the opponent does that on interrogatories ...
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What is the purpose of the Tort Claims Act?

Generically speaking and presuming federal and state are essentially the same; What is the plain language purpose of the Tort Claims Act aka who does it cover in what capacities, etc?
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Canada's Principle of Fundamental Justice - Vagueness and Fair Notice

Can somebody explain to me what is considered to be fair notice and whether a law is "vague"? I've read an article under the Principles of Fundamental Justice, and it said: A law is ...
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Can the government change a plea offer based on a dismiss motion the defense files?

Suppose you are accused of something that doesn't make sense or shouldn't be placed on you based on jurisdiction, and decide with your retained defense attorney to file a motion to dismiss those ...
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How does Judge Boasberg’s court order affect asylum seekers who crossed the border illegally?

If someone comes to America seeking asylum, the first step is for them to have a Credible Fear interview with a USCIS Asylum Officer to find out if they have a credible fear of persecution if they ...
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Details on federal appeal options

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Appeals under, 28USC1292(b) states that an "application" must be made ... What does "application" mean in this rule?
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Using Facts From Related Lawsuits

If a person defaults in a lawsuit the facts alleged in the complaint become true. My question is can those uncontested facts now be used against the same party in a related lawsuit?
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Discovery Protective Orders

In Federal Rules of Civil Procedure what is the purpose of getting Protective Orders from discovery request? Same question ask another way. What are Protective Orders intended to protect the asking ...
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Certificate of Service

Other than a bar grievance how would litigants respond to their adversary filing papers and not sending them copy?
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Is an attorney allowed to refuse a detailed bill requested by the client?

I kind of have multiple questions under the scope of lawyer fees. They're about a federal white collar criminal case of this friend of mine. I won't get into details as these are rather general ...
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Is this a proper Bluebook citation for a Court of Federal Claims case?

I am a forensic psychologist who happens to prefer Bluebook citation style over APA style. I mention this fact because while I have some experience using Bluebook citation style, it pales in ...
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Can an employer request recertification for a spouses permanent disability?

My wife has a major medical health issue that there is no known cure for. I have been certified through my job for FMLA to take Intermittent Leave as needed for her health condition. Now every year ...
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Powers of California District Court in Bankruptcy Court Appeal

What powers or authority does a California District Court have in an appeal to a Bankruptcy Court decision concerning a nondischarageable default judgment secured through extrinsic and criminal fraud ...
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Appeal from District Court (in San Diego, CA) to a Bankruptcy Court ruling

If an appeal to a Bankruptcy Court ruling on an adversary proceeding complaint is appealed to District Court and you want to appeal the District Court decision, where do you file an appeal to the ...
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What is proper use of FRCP 59(e) motion to amend?

Several 12(b)(6) motions are granted over the course of a couple years. cc A 12(b)(6) motion against the last two claims is granted which created a final judgment. cc Can a FRCP 59(e) motion to amend ...
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Defendants terminated v. dismissed

Suppose a civil lawsuit with multiple defendants. Some defendants are dismissed before judgment and some are not. Why would the docket list some of the dismissed defendants as "terminated" and ...
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Can multiple interrogatories be served so long as the net number of questions remains below the number permitted?

In the federal arena, absent some local rule, is there any reason why a person could not serve, say 2/25 questions at one point in discovery and then the remaining questions at some later point? In ...
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Jurisdiction vs. Venue in Federal Courts?

I'm trying to understand the distinction between jurisdiction and venue. I think any federal district court would have jurisdiction over a matter I'm considering both under federal question and ...
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Clarification of Appeal Procedure

If a party were suing under something like civil rights claims and a judge ordered the dismissal of the parties state claims while allowing the federal civil rights claims, how could one go about an ...
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Are SCOTUS justices required to recuse themselves when their appointment is after briefs have been filed in the case?

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court announced a schedule change for Gloucester School Board v. G.G., which would push the due date for respondent's merits brief as far back as Febuary 23, 2017. The ...