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For questions specific to the United States as a whole, or that span multiple state jurisdictions. If your question is related to a specific state then you should use that state's tag instead (or as well).

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How has James Madison's term 'infamous crime' typically been defined?

James Madison in his speech to Congress in regards to what eventually would become the 5th amendment talked about 'infamous' crimes and how they should be handled. As far as I know he did not define ...
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Can American citizens legally patronize Pyongyang (restaurant chain)?

Can American citizens legally patronize Pyongyang (restaurant chain)? I am aware that, according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_North_Korea#Restrictions_and_warnings: In July 2017, ...
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Rhode Island and Connecticut

My real property instructor wrote, "Connecticut and Rhode Island are divided into geographic regions called counties, but they do not have functioning governments, as defined by the Census Bureau." I ...
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What do, “X speed limit while children are present”, street signs mean, specifically?

while I'm driving near schools I often notice street signs that say something like, "speed limit 15 mph while children are present". I am curious what this means specifically. Does it still count if ...
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Can a manager kick you out for being trans in North Carolina

36 minutes ago They kicked me out for being trans and going to my preferred bathroom. I get not using the lady's restroom if I had a big beard but I don't have a beard I wasn't doing anything in there ...
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Issues with Changing Legal First Name

Are there any legal problems that could arise in changing my legal first name that I may not consider? For example, I'm a US citizen and how difficult would it be to get my passport and social ...
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Trading card booster packs, loot boxes, the lottery, and your interpretation

I'm a prospective law student currently conducting research on the legality of loot boxes in the United States, and I find Magic the Gathering very relevant. (Reference for Loot Boxes and Booster ...
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Does the subject of subpoena have to give a reason when refusing to testify?

If a person receives a subpoena and does not want to testify, do they have to give a reason? For example, let's imagine a person who was driving a car when it was involved in an accident that resulted ...
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Bank negligence, checkings account compromised by id thief and bank on purpose holds me responsible to further my debt with interest

I been a victim of id theft. On the same day that there were two fake checks deposited that were bounced, money was withdrawn physically within a branch of the bank, that day and another time four ...
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Freedom of speech vs freedom of the press

Are there any substantial legal distinctions between the First Amendment's right of freedom of speech compared to freedom of the press? I'm specifically looking for any distinctions officially drawn ...
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Does the surveying term “right-of-way line” refer to a single line, or to a strip or swath?

I'm taking a class in real property law. We have many exercises where we read a survey map and write a legal description in metes and bounds. Many of the maps use the "centerline" of a road but some ...
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Drivers licenses:What States is it UnConstitutional to use fees to suspend DL's (beyond VA, TN)?

Drivers licenses:What States is it UnConstitutional to use fees to suspend DL's (beyond VA, TN)? 2018-12 VA lawmakers vote to eliminate driver's license suspensions over fees www.whsv.com/content/...
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Can a US citizen be denied reentry - COVID-19

The UCLA states uncategorically that no US citizen can be denied re-entry. US officials notified passengers aboard the Diamond Princess that they would be denied re-entry "until you are no longer at ...
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If a company notifies you that calls may be recorded, can you record the call?

Assuming a two-party consent state. If a company notifies you that all calls are (or may be) being recorded, can you then record your conversation with the customer service representative without ...
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Can a university legally enforce a policy preventing students from creating their own wireless networks?

I attend a university in the United States where the school policy states that "Students are not permitted to setup or use their own wireless networks." This includes personal hotspots that come with ...
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Is the thin blue line on the stars and stripes considered desecration of the flag?

Police officers all over the country are flying a flag or wearing patches of the following flag. Isn't this considered desecration of the flag under 18 U.S. Code § 700?
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Exploratory: discrimination against character trait

What is the rationale for the scope of what EEOC prohibits discrimination against? More precisely, I have been fired for a trait of character (pessimism) that seems to me to be as much an integral &...
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Is firing for unionizing legal? (The Office, S2E15)

In Season 2, Episode 15 ("Boys and Girls") of The Office (U.S. series), the warehouse workers in the Pennsylvania branch of the New York-based company begin deciding to unionize. Vice President of ...
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Negligence: Common Law Duty of Care

What does common law duty of care refer to? My gut tells me it is just another way of referring to the reasonable/prudent person test but I am not sure.
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Is it illegal to use $ dollar to indicate in game currencies?

I'm creating a game where the player earns money while playing, my question is, could it be considered illicit or misleading to use the dollar sign ($) after the current amount of money in-game. I'm ...
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USA: Fair use for scholarship, copyrighted code

Take for example the Numerical Recipes code distribution. They have copyrighted their work and do not allow for general public use of their code. http://numerical.recipes/aboutNR3license.html Would ...
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Can an abutter park on my property if they have a right of way easement?

I have a private road that goes around the perimeter of my property and is on my property. The abutters that use the road do so via a "right of way" easement. Sometimes people, especially contractors,...
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Can sitting US Senators violate the Logan Act?

The Logan Act (18 USC 953) is pretty stark in its language: Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or ...
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USA: Can a witness take the 5th to avoid perjury?

Lawyer Alice is questioning witness Bob. Bob is not on trial, and no one has accused him of a crime. Alice demands Bob answer a particular question with either a "Yes" or a "no." Bob believes that ...
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Can you legally sell parts of a car (engine, etc.) that still has a loan on it from a bank?

Is it possible to dismantle a car and sell the parts even though the car is still on a loan in Illinois or any state? My thinking is that the car is still owned by the bank that the loan is through. ...
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Are open letters protected by freedom of speech? Any court precedents?

I would like to know if there is legal precedent protecting the freedom of speech in distributing an open letter or something similar. A friend owns a unit in a condominium, and since day one she has ...
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Is it legal for a business in the US to charge to make change?

Is it legal in the US, for a business to charge a fee to make change (cash to smaller denominations, e.g., taking a dollar bill and giving back coins) or the reverse (e.g., taking coins and returning ...
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Am I responsible for unpaid water bill of a previous tenant?

I recently moved into a house in South Carolina. Upon trying to get my water turned on they informed me I was going to have to pay $1500 in "unpaid fees" in order to get it turned back on. I have a ...
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University preventing staff from taking trips with students?

My university recently put a staff member on leave of absence after the staffer took a weekend kayaking trip with several students, citing "unprofessional conduct". The staffer is a kayaking ...
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Can one be liable for poisoning food one expects to be stolen?

A friend of mine posted about how someone keeps stealing her food at work, and I recommended she lace it with some insanely hot hot sauce. Someone else commented that she could be liable for ...
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Contract for deed purchase with existing tenants

When purchasing a property contract for deed with an active month-to-month lease and tenants on the property, does that lease typically transfer to the purchaser? Or, is that something which has to be ...
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Punitive Damages in Default Cases

If a defendant does not answer a lawsuit he defaults. As a default litigant the defendant would be denied the right to argue the facts presented in the complaint. However, the default also acts to ...
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When does a fan game fall under parody?

Apparently there was a case in 2013 where the fan game My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic got taken down by Hasbro. This makes me wonder, why did it not fall under fair use in terms of Parody? This ...
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Court appoints executor; the will found in safe box names a different executor (USA)

Someone dies and their will cannot be found. Two people petition the court to be the executor. They do not get along and do not want to be co-executors. The court appoints one of them to be the ...
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Can land lord prevent room sharing overnight due to religious reasons? We both pay rent separately and have two separate rooms

Landlord is trying to prevent bf and I from sleeping in one room overnight. We both have our own rooms. However I mostly just use it to change and store my stuff. He made a written agreement after I ...
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Must the defendant be addressed by the prosecution during trial by their chosen name?

There are many forms of a name, some of them are informal, some are more formal than what is used commonly. For example, with the name William, there's William itself, Will, Billy, etc. If the ...
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Life insurance and taxes: Does a sole beneficiary need to tell other heirs? (Utah)

Situation Updated A sibling died. There are several heirs. One heir was named the sole beneficiary of a life insurance policy, who received and deposited the check. There is no will or other ...
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Has the selective draft been tested constitutionally and how has it been defended as being fair gender discrimination?

This question is related to this one. What is the history of the selective draft and how has it's constitutionality been tested and defended? It is not as if women cannot be drafted, it is the case ...
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Difference between “Private Property” and “No Tresspassing” signage

In my door-to-door ministry work I've observed various forms of "No Tresspassing" signs on properties. Do "Private Property" signs imply the same laws as a "No Tresspassing" sign? At one house in ...
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Is it legal to sell suspected or proven counterfeit US currency?

If someone ends up with suspected counterfeit US currency, what can they do with it? Obviously tendering it for goods or services would be illegal. Handing it in for analysis and eventual ...
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New Internet Company is trying to make me pay double for the same service

I've been a customer of NewWave Communications as my home internet provider in Sour Lake, Texas for 10+ years. We are in a rural area and don't have many options in providers, so I'm pretty much stuck ...
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Is there any legal form of cannibalism?

Is there a legal form of cannibalism anywhere in the U.S.?
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Does Evidence Have to be Legal in Both the State Where it is Created and Where It is Adjudicated?

Suppose Suzie in Alabama calls Bonnie in Arizona, and records the call without telling Bonnie. Alabama and Arizona are both one-party consent states, so this recording is legal. Suppose that for some ...
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Does one have legal right to access possessions “land locked” in a co-tenant's room?

Alice has possessions in a storage closet that requires traversing roommate Bob's bedroom to access. There was a preexisting oral agreement granting Alice reasonable easement. Bob eventually decides ...
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Can i trademark a 10-year-old-dead-trademark?

According to US law, if trademark 'ABC' has expired under 'Section 8/9' more than 10 years ago(2010), and has not seen any activity so far, can i trademark it?
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Power of termination: how is it different from executory interest?

In CA, all defeasible fees are known as fees simple subject to a condition subsequent, and all executory interests reserved by the grantor after granting such fees are known as powers of termination. ...
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Double Jeopardy: Can someone re-file a dropped suit?

Scenario: Jane files restraining order against John due to alleged violent acts committed by John towards Jane John hires a lawyer: provides info that debunks all claims made against him John's ...
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Does having an absentee ballot request approved mean it's legal to vote using that ballot?

I'm an American living abroad and I'd like to register to vote. I'm trying to figure out in which state I can vote. I was born in Pennsylvania and lived there until the age of 21, then moved to ...
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Does Prepaying the Last Month of Rent Lock in the Rate?

Suppose A rents a property to B for six months. Initially, the rent is $500 per month, but A requires first and last upfront, so B pays $1000 plus deposit to move in. During month 4, A raises the ...

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