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Can I get into trouble for posting information about a sex offender?

In the vicinity where I reside in Arizona, a neighbor who is classified as a level 2 sex offender has chosen to establish a towing recovery business operating from his residence. Despite the absence ...
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What are the consequences that European standards being cited in law must be publicly accessible, but are protected by copyright?

In a jugdgment published this week, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on a complaint that some technical norms set as European Standards by a Standards Organisation are available only ...
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How do I find out if my husband got married to someone in the UK before he divorced me in the US?

How do I find out if my husband got married to someone else in the UK before we got divorced in the US? I have both their names and the possible date of the marriage.
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Is there an email directory of police departments and sheriffs offices for submitting FOI requests?

I have been doing research related to FOI (Freedom of Information) fees and itemized invoices in particular. In this effort I have been contacting a number of departments and offices (ideally all) in ...
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How do computer trespass laws intersect with public records laws in Washington state?

Suppose a state-run organization in Washington state receives a public records request that is broad (but not overly broad). In attempting to fulfill the request, an employee discovers that some ...
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Was Hunter Biden's legal team legally required to publicly disclose his proposed plea agreement?

On June 20, 2023, Hunter Biden's legal team publicly announced a proposed plea agreement to plead guilty to certain criminal charges. On July 26, a federal judge rejected the proposed arrangement. Was ...
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Made aware of a utility easement a year on

Assume that around 1911 a utility sewer is laid down on private land with an easement that was limited “until a public sewer pipe be built”, with the document being properly filed. Such a construction ...
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How can one search for matrimonial cases in the New Jersey court system?

Can anyone help me in my quest for finding updated listings of matrimonial cases in New Jersey? I have looked at the "Find a Case" page of the New Jersey Courts website but I cannot find any ...
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Is the Public Records Act of 1993 in force?

Jurisdiction: India Legislation/Statute/... The Public Records Act, 1993 Merely what the title states. I don't see anything mentioning explicitly whether it is the case. Is The Public Records Act, ...
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Concealing One's Identity from the Public When Purchasing a Home

I have heard, that in the United States, some individuals are able to conceal their identities from the public when purchasing a home by setting up a LLC and buying the house through the said ...
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Are requests of court documents recorded somewhere (NYC jurisdiction)?

I'm specifically concerned with the request of documents relating to arraignments, though I don't know if that makes a difference. If a person requests the documents pertaining to an arraignment, is ...
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Are interrogation tapes of suspects in a closed case publicly available?

Do people have a right to demand tapes from interrogations/witness questioning done in relation to a closed case? I read somewhere that the tapes are only publicly available if they have been used as ...
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Are there any laws/policies regarding the contents of public addressals on unsolved murders?

I'm writing a fictional book set in NYC. As a part of the plot, there's public addressals on the on-going case. I'm just wondering what laws/policies pertain to what can and cannot be said about the ...
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Are on-duty officers allowed to lie about their identity?

This is a follow-up to this question. In it, I talk about how I see it as problematic that the identities of LEOs investigating an active case can be publicized. If that case concerns a serial killer, ...
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Is it legal to release the identities of investigators of an active case?

I first want to preface this by saying what I don't know regarding preliminary details: I don't know whether there are public records of all the police officers and detectives working at a precinct. ...
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How to compel small town government to take action when critical infrastructure (sewers) fail?

Upstate NY (USA) here. I live in a very small, rural village (only a few hundred people). The street we live on has a sewer line that all the houses connect to. Last week our neighbors noticed a very ...
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Can they legally falsify paternity on an obituary?

My boyfriends daughter died. He is her legal father and by blood, he is on the birth certificate. As well as paternity established. Her mother did the obituary and listed her boyfriend the father/...
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How can I obtain a NY LLC Biennial Statement?

In New York, limited liability corporations are required to file biennial reports. Are these biennial reports public documents, and if so, how can a member of the public get a copy of an LLC's ...
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Are citizen-recorded videos catalogued as evidence by the police exempt from public records requests?

Presuming videos recorded in public, are such videos generally open to public inspection? If not, are such videos open to public inspection in non-criminal proceedings, for e.g. in traffic ...
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Finding transcripts and associated documents for late 19th century Pennsylvania Orphans Court and Supreme Court decisions

Elisabetha Dietsche was my great-great-great-great-grandmother. She lived in Elzach, Baden (now part of Germany) from 1798 to 1844. Under the law in Baden at the time, she and her partner needed ...
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How can I quickly narrow down publicly viewable lawsuits about a specific topic?

I imagine there's a way instead of going through a million cases but to be honest I don't know how. And would I have to go by each individual courthouse or county website to view public lawsuits or is ...
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Expungement alternative for wrongful arrest?

The arrest occurred in Florida. My girlfriend and I have had a very toxic relationship over the last year and a half, which culminated in a big, physical fight where we were both injured but I ...
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Constitutionality of outlawing recording of court proceedings in the United States

In the United States courts seem to be supposed to be public proceedings. For example, if a criminal trial is going on, I believe in most cases I cannot be prevented from entering that room and ...
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How to Search Convictions by Statute Section

Where online can one find a database of convictions that allows one to search convictions by statute section? I am in Oregon, and am trying to find conviction records held by state court or government ...
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Are legal records usually fragmented in countries other than the U.S.?

In the U.S., lawsuits can be brought in federal courts, state courts, local courts, etc. Each court keeps its own records, making it hard to do legal due diligence on a single entity (firm or ...
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In Arizona, if someone dies, are survivors legally obligated to post a public notice in a local newspaper?

My question pertains to law in the United States. My mother died in the state of Arizona. Some places, the executor of the estate (or someone else) is legally obligated to publish a death notice in a ...
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May NH police legally keep secret the number of bullets purchased

I asked a few questions of my government and phrased it as an open records request. I got an answer on half of them and a response on all of them. The police claim they cannot answer the question, '...
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Meaning of "Strike from the Record" in legal code? Is there *any* memory/record once "stricken"? By who/what handled/processed? Proof of striking?

"Strike the record" ("strike from the record", "strike that from the record") is a frequently spoken phrase in legal procedural docudramas. Are there violent connotations ...
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Are U.S. government agencies required to disclose whether or not they record conversations?

Let's say I'm inside a U.S. government building, which houses a government agency, and I'm speaking with an employee (or agent) of that government agency. If I directly ask them whether they are ...
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Does California's Information Practices Act (IPA) of 1977 apply to individuals after death?

I'm in the midst of researching a person who was born in 1892 and died in 1969 in California. The subject has no living heirs. I've requested documents from the California Department of Consumers ...
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Are medical malpractice lawsuits part of the public record?

I know most lawsuits in the U.S. are part of the public record. Exceptions can be made to remove the names of minors etc., but, for the most part, lawsuit details are openly available. With that said, ...
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Can Congress, or any other body, subpoena the President's tax records?

President Trump's tax records, and the question of whether Congress can access them, have been on the news for years. In all this time, I've never heard any analyst debate whether or not a president ...
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Are police reports public records?

Are police reports public records? For example, if I know about a crime, either through first hand knowledge or a news article, and I request in writing the police report on the crime, do I have a ...
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How can I check a UK company's public documents?

I am interested in the articles of association and shareholder's agreement of a UK company. Where can I find them?
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Why aren't post-mortem records protected by HIPAA?

Looking at the question Why are toxicology reports made public? and the answer provided, I have to wonder why aren't such records (autopsy results, toxicology reports, etc.) covered by HIPAA? ...
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Why are toxicology reports made public?

The recent news on Mac Miller's cause of death reminded me that I'm always puzzled when toxicology reports are made public. Is this mandated, and if so, is it by state or federal law? Why? Otherwise,...
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How to find your public criminal record?

When dealing with insurance, people always tell me after so many years, certain offenses "come off" your record and your insurance prices go down. I'm curious how this works. I don't have any serious ...
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