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Arizona laws regarding ownership of ground glassware for chemistry usage

I was watching a YouTube video that included an interview with a Clandestine Chemist, and at the 8:50 mark, he states: In Arizona, mere possession of ground glassware is a felony, if you're not a ...
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How do I interpret a court judgement? What does it mean?

So I've figured out how to read a case citation and find the text of the judgement - maybe using some of the online resources. As a novice, I'm trying to decide when the judgement actually applies. ...
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Can a person be prosecuted for their thoughts?

Let's assume I'm thinking about ___ [1] - am I liable to prosecution? I assume that having thoughts of any kind is not illegal and therefore cannot be prosecuted. We are not in "Minority Report" - ...
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Have there ever been examples of public school's restriction of community service being unlawful?

My school's community service policy (while ambiguous throughout the whole thing) Seems to me to discriminate against not only religions, but my religion specifically. The particular clause I'm ...
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Is email verification for account creation in violation of GDPR?

Is email verification for account creation in violation of GDPR? I am creating a new website, and my account creation is incredibly simple, consisting of username, password (stored as hash), and ...
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How do I read an Australian case citation and find the text of the judgement?

I want to know more about a particular case. I've seen it referred to a couple of different ways: Tame v New South Wales [2002] HCA 35 Tame v New South Wales (2002) 211 CLR 317 How can I access ...
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Is there a website that describes how to (or actually does) search small claims court cases?

I would like to search small claims court cases by name of defendant in several locations in the USA. Is this possible? How could I go about doing that? Is there a website (free or paid) that does ...
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Where can I find actual UK law paragraphs?

In case I want to try to check plain English interpretations of the law against the actual law.
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Can a country ban oversea biotechnology research out of an endemic plant that is only found in its territory?

This question was closed on biology.se and I was advised to ask it here. For illustration, say there is a plant that is only found in the Amazon rainforest. New drugs can be potentially invented ...
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Do lawyers actually use big bookshelves filled with texts?

Both on TV and in the offices of lawyers I've been in, they always have huge bookshelves with numerous volumes of law, rules of procedure, references, and I have no idea what else. Why do attorneys ...
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Corpus Juris Secundum request

This is an unorthodox request for this medium, and may not even fit the kinds of questions allowed here, but... if anyone has access to Volume 50 of the Corpus Juris Secundum, I need the full text for ...
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High value domain taken by registrar

I registered a domain name with a large domain registrar. The domain is very unique. The transaction went through. My credit card was billed. I received an invoice. I set up the domain with my ...
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Was my house legally searched?

A couple of months ago, I overdosed on an illegal drug and called an ambulance. I was honest and told them what I took. Two cops came with them and while I was in the ambulance and also in the ER 20 ...
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Difference between the term “law” and “legal”

In one document, I found Indonesian term "asas ketertiban dan kepastian hukum" translating into “the principle of order and the certainty of law”. Instead of "the principle of order of law" and " ...
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Where can I find skeleton arguments for claims in England & Wales, preferably online and for free?

I ask NOT about court opinions. The UKSC doesn't publish them. Can I get a copy of a party's 'skeleton argument' or case? The UKSC does not publish parties' cases. [...]. Yet Gina Miller tweeted to ...
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Need computer forensic case citation (urgent)

My mother is about to attend court over a car which was written off by a lorry. The CCTV video recording of the accident was mishandled, such as the storage SD card not being imaged, it was also ...
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Is the ORGVSM f*ck tee legal?

The ORGVSM f*ck tee is very explicit, and against many powerful luxury brands. One would think this was commercial disparagement (and perhaps other crimes besides, such as using the brand-name of ...
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Where on Pacer.gov should I look for affidavits authored by a certain expert?

I've heard that it is possible to search pacer.gov to find all affidavits authored by a specific expert. But I cannot find that function on the? I did not find anything on this in this training ...
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How to find case law for a particular subject

How can I find case law for a particular subject in my state (Massachusetts)? I have access to Lexis/Nexis, but my experience is that subject searches rarely work. For example, one topic I need to ...
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What is the best way to search through session laws?

I've done a lot of digging through the codified statutes, at least in my jurisdiction. I'm wondering if there is an efficient way to search through the session laws to find where the related session ...
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What do you pay for Lexis/BNA/Westlaw?

How much do small firms or individual practitioners pay for access to Lexis, BNA, and Westlaw? These seem to be essential tools for effectively engaging with the judicial system, and something of a ...
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How to research tax law?

I have done legal research before, but mostly on criminal law and civil claims/torts. Tax law is a whole nother beast. First of all, most of it is not actually laws at all, but regulations. And it is ...
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Meaning of Florida statute history abbreviations

I'm trying to find out how to read the following abbreviations found in the short "history" section at the bottom of a Florida statute website. For example: "s. 54, ch. 88-1; s. 30, ch. 88-277; s. 36, ...
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Most cited contract law review article?

What is the most cited Legal review article about contract law on a federal level in the past ten years? "cited" in this sentence, refers to citations of the article in other published works (not ...
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Where can one go to find caselaw of US federal criminal statutes?

I'm interested in a website or other starting point where I can see an index of all the high level prosecutions undertaken under USC XX s.s. YYYY over the course of the given law's history on the ...
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How can one validate an assertion that “X” is not legal?

How can one determine if an alleged legal requirements in the form of "this is not legal" or the "law requires this" is valid? Is there a quick and effective spot-check similar to Google that would ...
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How to verify a US based company?

I have been recently hired by a US based company to code on their platform. Living in a different country, how can I verify that the company is legit and how do I find any information regarding the ...
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Where can I find the progression of litigation?

I'll read a news article on a controversial arrest such as https://www.mtpr.org/post/montana-women-detained-speaking-spanish-sue-border-protection. But then I can't find the follow up. Sometimes a ...
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Where can I find lawyers' submissions to courts in the US?

I ask NOT about court opinions. Downloading or online reading is more convenient and favoured than physical copies. Where can I read submissions to the court for both sides of a case, written by ...
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What are the different kinds of rules/procedures that describe what counts-as/constitutes a rule change and what kinds of problems can they cause?

This is a question about legislation, including constitutive rules and administrative law To give some context, I am interested in legal reasoning (as in a logic of law), but I am not a legal-expert. ...
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Relationship between PL (Public Law) and USC (US Code)

I am learning about taxes. In discussing the jurisdiction to tax citizens, my course cites: P.L. 86-272, Section 101(b)(1) When I search for this text, I only find this: 5 U.S. Code § 381 - ...
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Can records of custody court cases be searched in NYC? If so by whom?

Person A has a need to find person B. They do not know person B's name or other identity, but know they are somewhere in New York City, New York, USA. But they know the following about B: within ...
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USC / MPEP / Guidance Docs / Cases

I'm new to the world of law and trying to get a high level picture of things. Am I right to think of the structure of information (at least in the patent realm) as: USC title 35 = high level source, ...
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Where can one find authoritative answers and explanations of traffic laws?

Who can answer US traffic law questions authoritatively? Does someone in the government answer questions about laws or do we only find out in court? For example, can we expect answers from someone ...
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How/where to find precedent civil cases (Canada)?

I am interested in learning about some civil cases that happened in the past. What are the resources that one could use to find thematic breakdown of such cases? For example, where would I be able to ...
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Do we have access PG&E case files?

Is there any way to have access to PG&E cases in the recent bankruptcy court? Are they public?
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Is there a way to search a specific subject across state law?

I'm doing research comparing a specific type of law, for example regarding marijuana possession, across states. What is the best way to search state law? Do I need to go state-by-state to find a state-...
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Does a licensed driver need to be present while riding in the back seat of a fully autonomous car?

I have a friend that I fear will never have her driver's license. Now with the back seat type of fully autonomous cars does she have to be licensed to be able to use one?
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Where can I get example injunctions for inclusion in a pleading?

In legal guide books on making civil pleadings, they give example forms for the pleading itself, but they just say that the attorney should "include a sample injunction", but they don't give any ...
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How do I find a specific case in Delaware?

I've been reading about a patent case between BT and Valve Corp. From my reading I've found this complaint: https://search.rpxcorp.com/litigation_documents/12085257 I'd like to know more about this ...
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Contractor - incomplete, ineffective and a mess left with a huge bill

I hired a contractor to redo some drainage in my yard, simple straightforward with a contract. Verbal estimate 1500-1800 complete all in. After day one I knew he didn't know what he was doing and ...
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How to Cite Unpublished Court Orders

I have looked for this online, but have come up with inconsistent results. Here is one example from California: Tsukroff v. Hedgeside Property & Inv. Co., California Superior Court, Napa County,...
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Publish a paper on ligation support analytics

I am lead developer on the server side of some litigation support software. I want to publish a paper as an individual. I have talked to my company and they will review the paper and they have the ...
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Is it legal for IT technician to register a microsoft office serial key onto his microsoft account that i purchased

Good day, I bought an office 2016 microsoft product from an IT store in 2018, or rather a work colleague did and I ended up taking over the whole process of sorting it out. Until recently we've had no ...
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Can a paratransit company refuse to reimburse you even if you had a medical situation?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend of mine who is not on this site. They are blind and have a guide dog. We are both in Oregon, and we sometimes take the TriMet Lift paratransit service. Last Sunday, ...
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Are there resources that investigate a judge's personal life and opinions?

Preface: I ask this question for judges who lack (auto)biographies or whose (auto)biographies lack enough detail. I purpose to learn about the personal lives or opinions of judges, to discover ...
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Does the United States legally not recognize phds from any specific country?

For example, If I got a PhD from a school in Pakistan or North Korea would the United States still legally recognize it?
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Free websites to help me find influential or contentious state/local cases in the United States?

I am looking for free websites that contain (potentially partial) catalogs of state and local court cases in the United States, and allows me to filter and/or sort by any of the following: The ...
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How can issues be solved with the IRAC method? [closed]

Can anyone help me showing the steps in IRAC method how to solve a particular problem?
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Is it legal to charge a percentage service fee?

The example is ACME Company has a payment processing system that companies X, Y, and Z can use. It enables more features than just "payment" processing, and it enables more than just "credit card" ...