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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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Which crime is done or law violated when a person pushes other to commit suicide? [duplicate]

In Argentina there is a crime that's called "suicidio inducido" (induced suicide) that's when a person physically or psychologically pushes another to commit suicide. I looked for a crime like this (...
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What constitutes “affordable” employee-sponsored coverage for a spouse and dependents?

Looking into the Affordable Care Act rules, an individual cannot receive the tax credit if they are "able to get affordable coverage through an eligible employer-sponsored plan." Here, affordable is ...
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Instructor feels homework demonstrates student is a public hazard, can they show it to a mental health professional for confirmation?

There was a question asked on another forum. An instructor received a student's project assignment and was very disturbed by the contents (it was a diary of a serial killer which included splattered ...
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Is any photo of a toddler without a shirt on child pornography?

The mother of my goddaughter's has many times insisted that her girls (3 and 1.5 years old) cover their nipples before she can take a photo of them if they are doing something cute or photo worthy and ...
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Why there was no trial for Michael Cohen

I am reading in the news that Michale Cohen will be sentenced today, however, I haven't seen any information about trial. Is that because conviction is related to perjury plea, hence there is no need ...
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If an inventor were to create a top secret invention, does this person have a legal obligation to keep it secret?

In a scenario in which an inventor was able to invent something that the government would likely classify as 'Top Secret' or even 'Born Secret', and the inventor knows that it will be classified as ...
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Moving Easements: Is Massachusetts in the minority?

Traditionally, you cannot move an easement without the permission of both parties. However, in M.P.M. Builders v Dwyer the state of Massachusetts decided that in the absence of an express prohibition, ...
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Marijuana Extracts Equivalence to Marijuana Weight

It seems most laws regarding marijuana have varying consequences based on the quantity/weight. How does this apply to extracts such as THC and CBD oils, edibles, etc? Is it based on the weight of the ...
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What if a law is literally impossible to follow?

This question originated from the Australian encryption debate, but I am mainly asking about the US. Just to keep things simple (if a bit absurd), suppose the US passed a law that says, Every ...
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How can it be legal to buy and sell zero-day exploits in the US?

There are companies like Zerodium (Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zerodium) that buy "functional exploits" and sell them to "corporate and government clients". These are zero-day ...
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Does a DOJ grant of immunity protect against contempt of congress, or reenforce it?

For example, let's take Clinton tech aide Bryan Pagliano, who was granted some form of immunity by the Justice Department. The timeline on this seems confusing, but I'll summarize information I ...
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Constructive Eviction: split of authority?

Is there a split of authority regarding total constructive eviction? I know that according to the majority if there is total constructive eviction you have to move out and don't need to pay any rent. ...
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Tenancy at Will vs Periodic Tenancy: payment

Is it possible to pay for a tenancy at will without having the tenancy at will becaome a periodic tenancy? I ask this because a classmate told me that you cannot pay for a tenancy at will. The ...
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How long can a 10 year old be sentenced for killing a baby in USA?

Yesterday I was reading a news article about a 10 year old girl who killed her baby brother. The girl was charged as an adult with first-degree homicide (Source). I don't know how a 10 year old can be ...
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How to document mortgage payment arrangement with my partner?

My partner and I recently purchased a house. We split all expenses related to that purchase (down payment, homeowner's insurance, inspection costs, etc) exactly 50/50. Both of our names are on the ...
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Can a pre-court settlement include an admission of guilt?

(I do have a lawyer I'm working with in this case, however they are currently on leave for the Christmas holiday season and I am expressly permitted to ask others, even in a public forum, questions ...
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Can F2 visa holder apply to get a licence as a physical therapist in USA? [migrated]

I have an F2 visa. I hold a Physical therapy (PT) bachelor from the outside USA. I contacted Tennesse board of Physical therapy to apply for a licence for PT. They send me the requirements which I ...
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Regarding the Constitutionality of Ranked-Choice Voting

I'm just starting to get into law studies as a highschooler, and here in the USA, in the state of Maine specifically, they have a system of voting called "Ranked-Choice". Now, from what I can tell, ...
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Is the arrest of Huawei's CFO legal?

Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of the Chinese company Huawei was recently arrested in Canada, and is facing extradition to the US, allegedly on charges of breaking violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. The thing ...
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Can mail with incorrect name for addressee be returned?

Governmental entities here in Bandera, Texas are receiving mail with incorrect names for the addressees. Example, articles are addressed to Leandra Quick, Clerk, P.O. Box 656, Bandera, Texas 78003, ...
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motion practice and timeliness

If a defendant does not timely reply to a response, then a judge orders the defendant to file a reply within x amount of days; is that prejudicial to the responding party? Prejudicial to plaintiff ...
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If a person is charged with minor crimes, using falsified FISA information, do those charges stand?

Such as the charges against Gen Flynn, Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, Cohen, etc. Aren't they considered "Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree?" And what does that mean about tossing out the actual charges, or ...
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copyright question (constructs and presentations)

I got a threatening email from someone today alleging copyright infringement on a website that I built as a personal project back in 2013 to crowdsource the latest trail data from the long-distance ...
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Therapist violates confidentiality. Any laws applicable?

A friend is doing counseling as a domestic violence victim at a domestic violence aid agency. The therapist recently disclosed her information, including what they have talked about in counseling ...
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What is the “compact” and is it used in domestic law?

Aside from its use in article one, title 10, clause 3 of the United States Constitution (the "Compact Clause"), is the word compact typically used elsewhere in U.S. domestic law and if so can you ...
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Is it legal for a spouse to gamble against each other at home in the US?

Is it legal for a spouse to gamble against each other at home in the US, with no third-party involved?
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What are “US Business Activities” and “Effectively connected income”, again?

I know this is a confusing matter and there's been number of questions here and articles elsewhere, but maybe it would be simpler in the situation explained below. Assume there's a non-US company ...
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What are consequences for municipal court judges and prosecutors after appeal?

What happens to a municipal court judge and municipal prosecutor if a defendant is found guilty at a municipal trial, but the appeal court reverses the decision and finds the defendant not guilty? ...
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Can Mobile App Terms of Use contain General liability release?

The intent is a smart phone based app, which functions as a service(think ride share type of services). Wish to provide said service without insurance to test market feasibility. Definition(s): '...
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If a woman finishes before a man during sex and he continues is he raping her?

If I orgasm multiple times during sex and I am to exhausted to continue but my man partner continues to thrust in me then is he raping me or is it ok because it started out willing on both of our ...
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Under what circumstances is the writ of mandamus normally used?

Currently the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia are pursuing a case against the President of the United States regarding alleged violations of the emoluments clause. As described by ...
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Is it legal to include verbatim exercises from a book in videos/on a blog?

I live in Florida, U.S. I recently purchased a math book that I really like, and I am thinking about making a video series or a blog where I would succcessively resolve the exercises from the book. ...
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Can I object to a flight attendant praising TV characters for 5 minutes?

During a domestic flight, one of the flight attendants started making rather annoying praises of them being a fan of Disney and Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse' birthday, and asking whether anyone was ...
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law about ethical hacker using pirated software or gadgets?

Is there any law if a ethical hacker is invited to our company and he used pirated software? Can we take any legal action or its normal in this field?
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Closed Source License with No Liability?

I’m writing a closed source program with a small group of people. We will be distributing it without the code, but I’m worried about two things: If my program deletes the user’s files or causes any ...
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Private companies asking for Social Security Number?

I thought that the privacy act (HIPAA) forbade use of the Social Security Number, or even asking for it, except by banks and federal agencies. Nevertheless, I frequently get asked for my Social ...
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Same game company name, but in a different country

I finally came up with a good name for my game studio, however after searching for it there appears to be another game company with the same/very similar name. They were founded this year, have an ...
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is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software?

Is there any law for using unlicensed or cracked software for our personal use? Can we use cracked versions of software in organization?
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Can women also go shirtless in public legally?

Do women have the same rights as men to walk on the beach or sidewalk topless where men are also walking bare-chested without being discriminated against? If a woman is arrested or asked to leave by ...
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does law defines any hacker rules? [closed]

does law defines any limitation that tells how much can a hacker use his knowledge in different way? Any boundary that tells about hacker and cracker.
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Procedure for Trial if Defendant Does Not Have a Visa To Attend Trial?

I am interested in both civil and criminal cases. Suppose a defendant is charged with a crime or has a civil complaint is filed against that defendant. However, the defendant is granted bail or just ...
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Do legal tender laws prevent “no cash” restaurants?

This story about restaurants that only accept electronic payment set me wondering. I know that under legal tender laws a business can set a policy on what forms of payment it will accept, but that ...
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At what point is it breaking the law during an online scam

Generally speaking, at what point it becomes illegal to be pretending that you're a Microsoft tech support (or better yet a random tech support not affiliated with any well known company) OR pretend ...
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Legal meaning of “to the greatest extent possible”?

I'm reading a policy document and it frequently uses the term 'to the greatest extent possible'. Is there a standard legal interpretation of this phrase in U.S. law? How might it differ from the ...
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Do the HIPAA regulations in the United States prevent medical providers from disclosing relevant health information on patient A to patient B?

If a medical provider is aware of some health information on patient A that can affect patient B, do the HIPAA regulations still prevent the medical provider from conveying that information to patient ...
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Could a municipality be punished for extortionate enforcement of speed limits?

It is a common sight on American highways. You are driving down a highway with, say, a 55 mph speed limit, and upon entering a town it rapidly drops to 45 or 35 mph. Then right around the next corner ...
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Lie about US citizenship

If I tell a lie about my US citzenship (I am actually not), but not to a governmental agencies, I get no benefits, and I don't have the purpose to get any benefits from it, what code will specify the ...
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What law designated the U.S. Marshals as non-military?

What is the code that says that the United States of America Marshals will not be seen as the military anymore?
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At what point does a shady business practice become criminal fraud?

I recently bought a house which required getting oil service started for it. The oil company I called (which had already been servicing the house previously) insisted on inspecting the oil tank first. ...
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Is it unlawful to receive a photocopied book?

In the following, all parties live and all actions are taken entirely within the United States. Let us say that a person (Bob) has purchased a book from the book store. Bob likes the book enough ...