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Questions tagged [united-states]

For questions specific to the United States as a whole, or that span multiple state jurisdictions.

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Does a destroyed file allow for an expungement?

A person goes to the courts to requests a record of their criminal misdemeanor court case from over 15 years ago that ended in a Nolle Prosse. The courts respond that they destroyed "the file". But ...
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What are the regulations around autonomous/unmanned boats

I'm an engineer working on an autonomous boat project. I want to make sure I'm not breaking any laws, but I've been unable to find any laws specifically regulating drone boats (unmanned/autonomous). ...
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What to do about neighbor's dangerous retaining wall

Several years ago, a neighbor built a retaining wall on the property line. It is a really cheap retaining wall and made from wood. The wood is now rotten and the wall is falling apart. Worse, cars ...
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Can the owner of a private establishment confiscate the personal property of a trespasser?

While I was reading this article, this line caught my eye: Anyone seen videotaping in any capacity will be deemed trespassing and will be escorted out by security. Your video equipment may or may ...
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One crime multiple charges?

I often read in the "papers" that a suspect is charged with multiple counts of the same crime. Latest example are the parents of Andrew Freund, according to this article, each parent is facing "five ...
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Congress and Trumps Tax Filings

I am very interested in Congress subpoenaing the IRS for Trumps individual Tax Return for the last 6 years. I realize they have oversight. But it would look to me as an one outside of the law ...
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Is there a Legal term to put before a definition to describe a comma separated list of items (i.e. “collectively”)

I have the following statement in a contract: I understand that as part of my job duties I may be asked to create or contribute to the creation of marketing materials, office documents, website ...
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Do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? [duplicate]

If stopped by a police officer, do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? I’m unable to find any specific RCW regulation for Washington state. I feel that a person, not the subject of ...
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What are the US Federal laws on Shared VPN IP

There are Images uploaded to a certain website not linked to any accounts, just IP, linked in a case towards a federal case. can this evidence be inadmissible if the only proof is "IP : Picture". ...
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Can William Barr fully comply with the House Judiciary Committee's Subpoena?

Background Given the comments from the question of the same name on Politics.SE, I thought it would make sense to also ask it here. On April 19th, Jarrold Nadler, head of the House Judicial ...
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Amount of distance from the Jury?

Having observed many jury trials, it seems that lawyers are only allowed to stand behind the podium or walk around the direct area around the podium (within 2 or 3 feet) while addressing the court. ...
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How to change the law to raise the age of a minor from 18 to 21?

How would the age of a minor be raised now that higher education is a must. What the legislative procedure is to raise the age of minority? Alternatively, could a parent show that the child is ...
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Do sports figures control the right to use their name in a game?

In sports game simulations, do real people control the ability to use their name? I am not talking about their likeness, only their name. So, for example, if there is a game that uses generic figures ...
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Notice of possible eviction, no reason given and notice doesn't follow state law [on hold]

I'm 19 had a roommate (older brother) who split rent with me on our apartment. Couple months go by and they decided to get 2 cats (sent me a text while I'm at work because apparently my opinion doesn'...
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Could I build a large rocket?

So I want to build a rocket from an aluminum pipe, with the inside coated with pyrolitic carbon, and filled APCP finocyl bore and an avionics computer conroling the parachute In the nose cone. I was ...
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Florida Home Renting - Can my lease forbid repairing my vehicle?

I received a letter by my landlord today stating that I have 7 days to vacate or remedy the situation - the situation being that I replaced the alternator I suppose in my car the other day? The title ...
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Can people get in trouble for investigating or charging the president?

Not word for word and please correct me. Is there a law like this? If so: Should any criminal investigation or legal action, investigation even a phone call that takes time from the president in ...
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Can I get a patent for my software, not for any algorithm or feature, but for the marketing strategy and revenue model?

I have a software startup that is entering a very crowded space. We have many of the same features as the rest of the field, and a few unique ones. The main difference is that our revenue target and ...
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questions about COBRA

I worked for a small business for 2.5 years. I recently resigned and put in my two weeks. I was told to clean out my desk and leave immediately. The business is in Michigan, USA and employs 7 people. ...
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Can a US cabinet secretary be criminally liable for a misapplication of federal law?

I am a bit surprised that this hasn't been asked yet, but it seems indeed that it has not. A few days ago, CNN reported: President Donald Trump told Customs and Border Protection Commissioner ...
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Does disordely conduct apply when on private property?

Bob is in his home watching TV when he hears a knock on the door. It is the Police and they would like to speak to Bob. They claim that Bob is suspected of a crime and would like him to open the door (...
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Who gets the tax credit, if I say yes to “Would you like to donate a dollar to xyz” at the cashier of a shop in the U.S.A.?

I often get asked by some fast food restaurants and other businesses to make a donation to such and such cause when I try to pay at the cashier. If I say yes, who gets the tax credit? Me or the ...
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Is UPS allowed to take my money and business without intention to fulfill its side of the transaction?

I went to my local UPS store to send a package to a place in North Carolina that buys dishes, crystal, and flatware. I handed the UPS store the address and the clerk printed out the ticket because of ...
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Does accepting a pardon have any bearing on trying that person for the same crime in a sovereign jurisdiction?

In the United States, accepting a pardon is an admission to the crime. In Burdick_v._United_States, the majority opinion stated that a pardon "carries an imputation of guilt; acceptance a confession ...
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When and how is service by publication valid?

Sometimes a prospective defendant cannot be served because s/he is out of the country, or just plain is in hiding. In that case, a judge will sometimes allow service by publication. That is, after ...
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Fair use of hardware/software configuration data

I’ve searched through the questions/answers here and after reading several, I’m still confused about this situation. Wile E. Coyote has purchased the latest and greatest Road Runner Acquisition and ...
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Damages done while in the line of duty?

If a police officer was in pursuit of someone else's car, with their lights and siren on and there was a second police car following the first police car, but they did not have his/her lights, or ...
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Can you sue the prosecutor in a criminal proceeding?

If someone went to a job interview, and the job was offered to said person immediately after the interview, but upon arriving at home the person receives a phone call from their potential future ...
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Are there legal consequences if Trump's tax returns are not handed over?

In an April 13 letter that appeared to move Democrats closer to a federal court battle against the Trump administration, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal warned the IRS that ...
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What is the effect of a pardon by the President of the United States?

An answer to a recent question stated: In modern, peacetime U.S. practice, the main use of the pardon power has been to restore the civil rights of people who admit to having committed crimes and ...
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Judicial Crimes

Who implements Article III, Section 1 in the U.S. Constitution wherein "The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior..."?
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Relative vs constant salary in US Employee and contract law

So I was listening to mathematician and economist Eric Weinstein, and he told an anecdote about salary in a hyper-inflationary economy. In the story, the employee and employer argue over the "fair" ...
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What is trademark tarnishment or dilution under US law?

What is a person not allowed to do with a trademark in the US, beyond using falsely to sell goods? In what ways can a trademark owner prevent tarnishment (disparagement) or dilution (blurring)?
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How are presidential pardons supposed to be used?

When and how are pardons supposed to be used? Why does the Constitution even grant the president the power to pardon? Can it be used to pardon any crime? On the surface, it seems to make the ...
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Are there legal definitions of ethnicities/races?

I recently came across several unrelated articles discussing Afro-American topics in the USA. The topics were various, but generally around positive/negative discrimination, oppression (real vs felt), ...
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Student Loan from years ago pops up and is taking my salary

Summary: For decades I had my student loans paid by automated payment from my bank without a problem; just take it out of my bank and there's a small benefit in interest for it. Recently, my ...
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Legal precedent/history for the supposed charges against Julian Assange

It has been reported in the media (e.g. RT, BBC) that the US has requested the extradition of Julian Assange from the UK to stand trial for the charge of conspiracy to intrude into a computer system (...
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Is being terminated at the end of a shift/workday illegal?

I recall some time ago finding information that an employer firing an employee at the end of their workday was considered illegal. Discussing my recent termination with a friend, that was the first ...
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Tax treaty and residence country taxation

Suppose you are a scholar that has a contract at a university in state S for less than 2 years, and you are resident in your home country, say Italy. Then you successfully apply for tax treaty ...
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What is the priority of potential extraditions in Assange case?

Julian Assange has been arrested by the Metropolitan police for jumping bail and also pertaining to an extradition request from the US. Also the lawyer for one of the alleged victims of sexual ...
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What happened to bounties in the wild west?

Few things are more emblematic of the wild west era that a wanted poster. Today such a thing is unheard of. I know today there are rewards for information leading to capture of fugitives and bail ...
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Interpreting the 2019 New York Reproductive Health Act?

There has been a lot of discussion about the New York 2019 Reproductive Health Act signed by Governor Cuomo. Under what conditions can a legal abortion be performed under the NY 2019 Reproductive ...
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Why do we hear so much about the Trump administration deciding to impose and then remove tariffs? [migrated]

I'm no expert on the applicable law regarding tariffs and international trade, but I do know that the most famous tariff policy in US history was the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, named after two members ...
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Can someone be penalized for an “unlawful” act if no penalty is specified?

If a US federal statute specifies that an act is unlawful without specifying a penalty, without using any of the words "misdemeanor," "felony," or "crime," and without invoking Title 18 CFR, can a ...
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Why Elizabeth Warren effective tax rate is 22% and not 30% on $900k income [closed]

Today US Senator Elizabeth Warren released her family's tax returns, as reported here by LA Times. Article says that: Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has released her tax ...
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What constitutes “management” for an amateur radio club?

A group of licensed radio amateurs has joined together to form a club. The club meets monthly, sponsors classes to license new amateurs, hosts an amateur repeater station and operates at public events....
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In the U.S are judges, attorneys, physicians, teachers, professors, politicians, administrative officers liable for ordinary negligence? [closed]

E.g can a judge be tried for mistrial because of ordinary negligence? They are not employees or workers so that they could be reasonably absolved for ordinary negligence. We expect employees to be ...
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If a used car buyer backs out of buying a car do I have to return the deposit even if i didn't explicitly say it is “nonrefundable”?

I have a person who said they were going to buy a car from me on craigslist. Then 3 days later he backed out. He is now threatening to sue me since I won't give him his $500 deposit back. His only ...
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Landlord wants to switch my lease to a “Land contract” to “get back at the city”

I've been living at this place for about two months and my lease looks pretty typical. Nothing unusual. I've had no problems so far. Today my landlord called me and explained something about the city ...
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Where are North Carolina U-Turn and other traffic laws written when not found in the General Statute?

North Carolina General Statute Chapter 20 - Motor Vehicles mentions a U-Turn only once. In § 20-140.3 (page 401): On those sections of highways which are or become a part of the National System of ...