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Is a judge's completely arbitrary determination of credibilty subject to appeal?

If a United States Federal judge credits critical testimony without fully explaining him or herself, is it subject to appeal? For example, suppose a judge awards an amount to the winning party because ...
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In the Hush Money case, why was Trump not charged with the "other" crimes? [closed]

In New York law, falsifying business records (which Trump was charged with) is only a misdemeanor. However, if the falsification was done with intent to help commit or conceal a crime, then it is ...
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O1 Visa work contract with German employee

In context of an O1 Visa Given the employer/employee relationship between the US company and the employee in a different country, in this case Germany How would the contract look like, would it be a ...
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What does it mean for the average person when a US Circuit Court vacates and remands a case?

This question was inspired by the recent decision in Health Freedom Defense Fund v. Carvalho (if that's the right way to refer to it) but I intend the question to be more general if it's possible to ...
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Why are divination services, psychics and all that stuff not considered fraud?

Or are they fraud? Are they just tolerated? Is it that no one really has the money/time to take them to court? I am very interested in learning the rationale behind this. Any jurisdiction applies but ...
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Can you appeal a decision if the judge based it on subjective and unclear testimony?

Suppose in a non-jury civil lawsuit, the Plaintiff calls the Defendant to the stand, and proceeds to question him. During the testimony, the judge interrupts to ask the Defendant witness a question. ...
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Conflicting disabilities

While rare, you sometimes see situations where you cannot feasibly accommodate two employees at once. For example, you might end up with one employee who depends on a service dog, and another who has ...
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In the US, are employers liable for torts caused by their employees working from home

I WFH and today I had a meeting that ran way over time and I had to pick up my kid from school. I didn't want to miss the rest of the discussion and wanted to push back on one issue, so threw my ...
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Is a movie resonsible for damages caused to unintentional (but undeniable) likenesses?

Say that a huge blockbuster movie mentions a made-up phone number (xxx) xxx-xxxx for the serial killer villain. Except, it turns out that that phone number is real and points to an ordinary Joe. That ...
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Can you use Yandex Cloud services, like the Yandex Search API, in the United States or are there sanctions against it?

I'm trying to sign up for the Yandex Search API. When I'm creating a Service Account with them to sign up for the Search API, it's not letting my select the United States as a region. I was going to ...
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how can a website have a power of attorney in it's terms of service?

I was looking at rategenius.com's terms of service and they have a section entitled "Limited Power of Attorney": For purposes of this Agreement, you hereby appoint us, The Savings Group, ...
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Can you make a logo very similar to an existing trademark?

In the US, there are two banks, Capital One and Credit One that have very similar names and more similar logos: Is the similarity something that could be claimed under trademark infringement?
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Instrument builder in a scientific lab w/ academic funding using a technique described in a patent for research, and for developing new technology

From this answer to Is it allowed to use patents for new inventions?: From https://www.uspto.gov/patents/basics/essentials#questions, "A U.S. patent gives you, the inventor, the right to '...
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US(Florida) - Can I post publicly against the grift from my landlord [closed]

So I am getting grifted by my landlord, he is trying to charge me for applicances(Dishwasher/Refrigerator) replace/repair cost which according to contract should come from him(Pic posted). I used to ...
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Do California's whistleblower protections apply to non-employees and private businesses?

In California, do the whistleblower's protections apply to non-employees and private businesses? For example, suppose you live in a small town with a single gas station. And you notice that its ...
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Can a business in the US allow only customers who are provably citizens of foreign countries?

It would require that customers provide proof of foreign citizenship — a green card, visa, or foreign passport, and would not bar US dual citizens as long as they could prove citizenship in another ...
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Is it legal to hire an actor to imitate another performance (to which you don't have the rights)?

Say that Dave the director really likes Keanu Reeves in John Wick, and wants a character just like that for his original movie. But Dave can't get Keanu, copyrights to the character, or anything ...
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What is the law regarding impersonating a police officer?

There is a video of someone heckling Kamala Harris on the Jimmy Kimmel talk show. The end of the video shows an interaction between a security guard and the heckler, in which during an attempted ...
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34 charges and 34 times guilty beyond reasonable doubt

Donald Trump had 34 charges against him and was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt in each single case. Is that normal or unusual? You would think that some charges have more and some have less ...
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Trespassing vs Breaking and entering [duplicate]

John is caught on the roof of a building he is not supposed to be on. He is allowed to enter the building just not go to that section of the building. In John's backpack, he is caught with a flathead ...
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Received Dental Bill From New Owner's After Previous Owner's Said I Owed Nothing- Can they continue to collect [closed]

I received some dental procedures from my original dentist back in October 2022. We have great insurance coverage and I was told that the services were covered by insurance and if for any reason ...
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Did the DNC essentially plead "no contest" to FEC charges in the Steele Dossier?

I'm trying to understand the exact legal implications of this "conciliation agreement" in other potential legal cases (e.g. if the DNC or Clinton were charged in some US state that has lower ...
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Double jeopardy on domestic violence [duplicate]

In a domestic relationship, if the husband batters the wife and the wife calls the police and the husband is arrested and tried for domestic violence, but is dismissed after the wife was sworn in. ...
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Can a person be compelled to violate their religious beliefs if those beliefs are racist?

On one hand, the US Supreme Court ruled in Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States, 379 U.S. 241 (1964), that private businesses cannot refuse service on the basis of race. On the other hand, it ...
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Must medical providers initiate a refund when they charge a customer more than the insurance-adjusted amount?

Assume an individual in the United States went to a medical provider and got charged at the end of the visit, by the provider's billing staff. The billing staff knew that this visit was partially ...
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If Trump pardons himself regarding the federal crime he tried to hide by cooking the books, is the New York conviction void?

[Note that Jen in their answer corrects quite a few of the premises of my question; read it. I let the question otherwise stand as-is.] Falsifying business records in New York is only a felony if it ...
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According to the New York prosecution, how did Trump unlawfully influence the election? [duplicate]

According to the Wikipedia article on The People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump (emphasis mine): The Manhattan District Attorney (DA), Alvin Bragg, accused Trump of falsifying these ...
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What is a special verdict form, and what is the basis in law for this jury to be able to develop their own theory and not have to disclose it? [duplicate]

Background (how I arrived at this question): In the CNN's May 31, 2024 video "'Cannot have a double standard': Retired judge on upcoming Trump sentencing" a commentator said (on the topic of ...
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Under what circumstances is a legal case named "The People vs. ..."

I am intrigued by the naming of the case against Trump "The People vs. Donald Trump." As I understand it, most criminal cases are named for the jurisdiction prosecuting and the defendant. ...
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What are "copies" in a digital context?

"Copies" are apparently defined as: material objects, other than phonorecords, in which a work is fixed by any method now known or later developed, and from which the work can be perceived, ...
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Can I browse-wrap a book?

In this answer it is noted that if your browse-wrap terms of service on your web site are sufficiently prominent to put the user on "inquiry notice", essentially so that they're aware that ...
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When does the HDCP patent expire?

My understanding is that the DRM enforcement mechanism in modern display formats such as HDMI, DP and DVI are based on High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). This is protected by law such ...
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How is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact affected by the US Supreme Court's decision that states can't remove candidates from their ballot?

I was recently watching this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUX-frlNBJY) about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. At around the 3 minute mark, the narrator states that one of the ...
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Why doesn't the jury get transcripts of all the testimony? [duplicate]

During their deliberation in the Trump "hush money" trial, the jurors made a few requests to the judge: to rehear some of the testimony, and for one of the judge's instructions to the jury. ...
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Does the FBI tell you if they take on a case you asked them to look into?

I'm dealing with a dirty courthouse that has chosen to take the path of inaction for a civil rights violation, and was wondering what the FBI (US Marshals said they investigate dirty courthouses when ...
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When a hostage is in the balance, how much is one expected to comply before they face legal trouble? [closed]

Terry the Terrorist has Holly as a Hostage at gunpoint. Bob the random Bystander happens to be there, and Terry starts making demands of him (else Terry will kill the hostage). Let's also say that ...
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Can an adult who was incarcerated as a minor sue for damages? [closed]

A child that had never committed a criminal offence was incarcerated multiple times, subjected to sexual assault via cavity searches, humiliation, and isolation. Now wants to sue the state as an adult....
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Getting naturalized and citizenship through sham marriage [duplicate]

If a marriage is considered a sham marriage (e.g. a woman marrying a man only to gain entry and citizenship into the US, but no intention to stay with the man) in the first place, and later the woman ...
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Legality of Housing-Based Loans Based on Race

Is it legal for an institution to refuse to extend a loan for a home to someone based on their race? Perhaps it depends on the institution (those receiving federal funds, banks, nonprofits, etc.) What ...
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To what extent can police officers intervene in a suicide?

Suicide is legal in the United States. Are police allowed to do things they would not have normally been able to do if not for the situation (e.g. tackling the attempter to prevent him from falling)? ...
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Can a rental agreement state that no guests or parties are allowed?

Bob and his friends want to rent a house, hypothetically in Corvallis, Oregon USA. The prospective landlord presents Bob and his friends with a lease agreement that states that no guests are allowed, ...
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Do "peaceable journey" laws apply to things other than firearms?

In the United States, the Firearm Owners Protection Act has a "Safe Passage" provision that allows you transport firearms through states where you do not have a permit as long as the ...
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Laws regarding NON-commercial email messages

The CAN-SPAM Act applies only to "commercial electronic email messages", which it defines in §7702.2 as (emphasis mine): The term ‘‘commercial electronic mail message’’ means any electronic ...
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execution of search warrant

Idaho code states the law enforcement has to leave a copy of the inventory of anything seized during a search. what if they do not? And they search in places that are not "reasonable" to ...
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Would Darrell Royal have been allowed to keep Willie Nelson's Pedernales Country Club if he had paid the amount of the foreclosure on it?

This question is more about possible government overreach than a legal question, which I thought made it a better fit on the Stack Exchange Politics site since government and taxes are topics ...
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Can a state governor mobilize militias other than the National Guard?

A state governor acts as that state's Commander in Chief and gets full and ultimate control over the state's militia(except when that militia is federalized). In the modern day, "state militia&...
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Is falsification of USPS tracking information (by a USPS employee) a crime?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) provides tracking information for parcels they are handling (e.g., the delivery of an item purchased from Amazon.com). The tracking information shows how the ...
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Dates of Use in Commerce to Renew a Trademark

If I have a U.S. trademark for which a Sections 8 and 9 needs to be filed on May 22, 2024, I understand that the mark must be in use at least during the year prior (May 22, 2023 - May 22, 2024). ...
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In US District Court, can a plaintiff amend a complaint , more than 21 days after service, if extensions are granted to file an answer?

When a complaint requires correction of a mistake or misstatement, which relates to the amount of relief they are entitled to, based upon the same claim/cause of action, but more than 21 days have ...
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Estates and Income Tax

A person has died and most but not all of the assets of the person have been distributed to the benefices. The estate will have to file an estate income tax return for the current year and the next ...
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