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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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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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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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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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Punitive Damage awards against a State in Federal Court

I'm prosecuting a federal Whistleblower action Pro Se against a Texas state agency charged with regulation of Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Operations in the state. This agency has been ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...