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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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What is the difference between an organizational identification number and a DOS ID #?

When searching through the New York Department of State Corporation and Business Identity database, all information pages in the results have this note at the bottom: NOTE: New York State does not ...
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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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What laws govern the release of police reports in the U.S.?

I have read conflicting information regarding police reports being or not being public records. A lot of people talk about how they are available to anyone. Some other sources deny this. For example ...
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Are US government agencies required to disclose whether or not they record conversations?

Let's say I'm inside a US 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 recording ...
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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 ...