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1970 Desertion and Draft Evasion

What laws were in place against deserters as well as commiters of draft evasion in the USA during the time of the Vietnam War? Also, was the USA in an actual state of war, with different laws in ...
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Was William Bruce Mumford convicted of treason?

Wikipedia says When the Union Army occupied the city on May 1, Mumford was arrested and charged with "high crimes and misdemeanors against the laws of the United States, and the peace and dignity ...
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Does the iconic WWII-end “Kiss” photo depict sexual assault?

One of the most famous images from the end of World War II was of a sailor kissing someone who looked like a nurse in Times Square, celebrating the victory. As described in a featured article in ...
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Does annexation of state apply to territories under dispute e.g. Kashmir?

I am not clear on the legal definition of annexation. Can we say India is annexing Kashmir, or Jammu and Kashmir? Or does the word strictly apply to two nation-states only? Many definitions are ...
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Do police have a more extensive file on a person than can be obtained from the DMV?

Do police have a more extensive driving/traffic file on me than I can obtain from the DMV? I just called the DMV headquarters in Oregon, my state of residence. After I answered two simple security ...
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The difference between a self-governing colony and a dominion

In 1949 Newfoundland became a part of Canada. Before 1949 it was a separate country. This Wikipedia article says in 1907 Newfoundland made the transition from the status of a "self-governing colony" ...
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Can you be arrested the day a law is enacted?

On October 2, 1937 the Marijuana Tax Act was enacted. On this same day, a man named Samuel R. Caldwell was arrested by federal agents for selling Marijuana to Moses Baca, who was also arrested. Is ...
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Were Nazi atrocities legal according the German law of the time?

I have recently had a discussion with a German who claims that Nuremberg trials were entirely based on ex-post-facto laws, and all the atrocities Nazis did were legal according Germany's and ...
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Was (is?) pre-marital sex illegal anywhere in the United States?

I read this summary of laws banning adultery in the United States. Now, the wording of some of these laws made me wonder if any of them are remnants from a time when pre-marital sex (not just ...
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What is the history of attorney licensing and regulation in the United States, Britain, and the colonies?

I'd like to know when law licensing first started, both as to "certification" and as to "licensing" if such a distinction applies in history. I'd like to know when it began to take hold. I'd like to ...
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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 ...