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Are you disobeying a lawful order to stop if you're already fleeing?

This is frankly quite a silly and obviously hypothetical question. Could you be charged with disobeying a lawful order assuming you are already breaking that order? Realistically, if you are fleeing ...
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Are Jurors informed about jurry Nullification [duplicate]

Are jurors in US criminal trials informed that they can rule contrary to the law as given by the Judge (aka "jury nullification") by the judge or by any official source? What happens when juries do "...
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Are jurors ever told about jury nullification in the US? If not, why not?

It seems that if jury nullification is a right, then jurors should be told about it.
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Can Landlord Make Changes To Apartment Fee Policy In A Memo?

I'm running into some difficulty with the new property manager for my apartment complex in Washington state. I broke one of the rules that weren't ever enforced in the past five years I lived here. I ...
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Is it legal to prosecute someone for ulterior motives in the US?

Suppose someone does something you don't like but isn't illegal. Can you (a prosecutor) prosecute them for something illegal with probable cause not because of their illegal action but because of the ...
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Value of parts on a totaled car [MO, US]

Suppose I was driving a totaled car and hit by someone, damaging one side mirror. The mirror was in good condition before this accident, although the car was totaled. Can I file a claim against his ...
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Did my rights get violated

I was sitting outside of the Sprint store today while waiting on my step daughter to come out.while I was sitting there I noticed that a guy that worked at the store came out looked at my car while ...
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Is This Parental Leave Policy Compromise Legally Sound? [closed]

Locality: United States - Kentucky I work for a small (<10 employees) accounting business. The owner recently promoted me to an HR-equivalent position to handle internal payroll and time off, and ...
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Is abuse during custodial interrogation grounds for suppression?

I assume that a custodial interrogation that involved the use of "torture" would be suppressed by any U.S. court. But I can't find a law that clearly defines custodial practices that would constitute ...
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Is making a public comment about a girl's breasts illegal?

From a Washington Post's article about Columbine HS: A similar event happened at a Columbine wrestling match at Arvada High School. Pyne, "in front of everyone," said Harwick, broadcast to all ...
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When can you no longer submit evidence in a civil case?

I was wondering if there was a point in a civil case where parties are no longer allowed to submit evidence, to my understanding all evidence is submitted at a pretrial, and after that it is ...
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How do free-speech protections in the United States apply in public to corporate misrepresentations?

Last night, I was driving behind a truck that had a very official-looking sign like this: (Sign says, "WARNING STAY BACK 200 FT. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BROKEN WINDSHIELDS!") Some cursory Googling ...
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I was banned from a roller rink for something I didn’t say

I was accused of using profanity to an employee at a roller rink when I never called her names. The owners daughter told me “You’re banned forever!” Can I still show up if she’s not the owner?
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MMA Fighter knowingly slays their opponent with a legal hit, is it manslaughter

In an american MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) sanctioned match, one fighter executes a newly created technique, we'll call it the "five-point palm exploding heart technique" upon their opponent. Said ...
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Is it illegal to make a puppy fur jacket?

I watched 101 Dalmatians for the first time and wander: Can dogs or cats be raised like farm animals for the purpose of food or fur? What species of animal is not allowed for product other than ...
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Does one-way written communication bear legal standing?

This question is based on this question over on Workplace SE. I am neither the OP of that question nor in any way related to the OP, I'm asking this question out of personal curiosity. In brief, the ...
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Municipal Court Remand New Jersey Help

Imagine a disorderly charge for a first-time offender who pleaded guilty. The defendant appealed the case and was granted a remand.The defendant now has a charge on his record for disorderly conduct, ...
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Can I fly a rocket of any size with just an FAA waiver?

Can I fly a rocket of any size with just an FAA waiver? Could I fly a rocket on an orbital trajectory, like the SS-520? (Although for that I realize there are FCC and NOAA licenses on the satellites.)...
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Can either party in a Civil Case ever be forbidden from appealing?

When appealing a civil case either side may appeal the verdict as written by uscourts.gov: Civil Case Either side may appeal the verdict. Now I know an apellate court can sometimes deny an ...
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Can a juror be held in contempt if he/she sexually harasses another juror during a trial?

During a trial, if a juror complains to a judge that another juror has been sexually harassing her/him either inside or outside of the courtroom, can the judge hold this accused juror in contempt of ...
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How come the nude protesters were not arrested?

I read today about the Anti-Censorship Activists in New York (Warning! NSFW pictures inside link) who protested against Facebook while being totally nude out in the street. I'm also pretty sure ...
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Is there a standard end of lease time in Washington?

I live in Seattle, and my lease is up soon, however it doesn't specify what time of day we have to be out of the unit, as my previous leases have. I reviewed the RCW and local law, but could find no ...
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What constitutional laws support a leader overriding his Congress? [closed]

In other words, what thoughts regarding freedoms and rights from the founders of a nation support a leader taking supreme power over its Congress? I guess I'm asking, what's the point of having a law-...
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Legal to create a backup of website that is shutting down?

Is it illegal for me to create a backup of a website that is shutting down, including all assets, etc., and host it on my website?
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Is it illegal to reference other brands in an app for profit?

Simply put, I'm developing a 'social' app centered around similar interests in brands (specifically restaurants). The main function of the app has users add restaurants to a 'shareable favorites list' ...
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What is the legal term for coerced indecent acts (not including rape)?

Say that a person were coerced into performing indecent acts of a sexual nature, such as nudity, masturbation, oral sex, etc. If intercourse occurs, that would be classified as "rape". What would the ...
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Who is eligible to attend US public high schools?

A teen who's a US citizen grew up and studied in a foreign country. He wants to return to US. Would he be eligible to attend public high school in the US (grade 10-12)? He isn't paying US tax (his ...
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Can the plaintiff in a civil case change the requested damages after the defendant has already been served the summons?

I have a very oddly specific situational question; In a civil lawsuit where a plaintiff is attempting to gain a sum of money from the defending party, is the plaintiff and their counsel allowed to ...
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Is it legal to make money off a youtube downloader or similar unofficial YouTube service?

There are many online services that let one download the audio and video from YouTube videos. Is it legal for the owners of such services to make money off these services, for example, to charge per ...
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Schwab 401k 'hacked'; somehow they added/linked an unknown bank account and transfered out ~10% of my balance!! How

I recently received a couple of 'notification' emails from Schwab re. the approval/completion of various changes I supposedly requested to an old 'inactive' (past employer) 401k account, including: ...
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ADA and reasonable accommodations

https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html Q: Is it a reasonable accommodation to request to remove all the oral interviews for a candidate programmer who has, for instance, social phobia? Or the ...
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EB-3 (Green card) case in different county from the company's current address

I work for a Marin County based company as a foreign self-employed freelance contractor (software developer), and my client wants to open an office in Los Angeles and invited me to work there. How ...
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Diplomas Must Be Under 10 Years Old?

Full disclosure: This was a dumpster fire on Reddit, and I am just posting here to get a more nuanced opinion. I am not the original asker and I don’t know which US state. Supposedly, there is a tech ...
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What is the best way to proceed with a legal action against US company from abroad?

Some time ago I have signed a contract with Premiere (Premiere Event, Rise of the Phoenix Inc, NYS Corporation) with Michael D Palance as Director, US company which is looking for young talents ...
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How is a US political campaign supposed to verify that donors from abroad are US citizens?

According the US laws, only US citizens may contribute financially to political campaigns - especially presidential campaigns. Suppose you are running a campaign. How are you supposed to verify that ...
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Do Mafia lawyers exist?

Do mob lawyers still exist? Can someone just call them and hire them for whatever job? I mean... What if I end up in a serious situation and want the best lawyer (or assemble the lawyer army) for it? ...
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Can a U.S. election be overturned for foreign interference?

Can a U.S. election be overturned due to foreign interference? In the last U.S. election, people were concerned that Russia played a significant role in getting Donald Trump elected, so I was ...
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If a law abolishes a crime, can the law pardon people previously convicted of that crime?

For example, could a law that legalizes a drug retroactively free people previously convicted on charges for that drug so long as they didn't break any other laws? I know laws can't retroactively ...
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Is this story about US tax office reasonable?

Ages ago I read a nice story that sounds quite reasonable, but might be complete nonsense. Here it goes: A private detective in the USA has lots of lawyers as customers. And they are notoriously ...
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Can I legally deny entry to service dogs because I have cats in my store?

The rules for the ADA about service dogs includes a section with zoos as the example. "service animals can be restricted from areas where the animals on display are the natural prey or natural ...
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Could a state legally phase-out pennies?

Debate has existed for some time in the United States whether the penny should stop being minted, due to its small purchasing power and cost of production [1]. From what I understand, to discontinue ...
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Validity of lease clause requiring specific move out times

I recently signed a lease contract for an apartment and this clause was included. How enforceable is such a clause (for context, this is in PA, USA)? Loading Dock, access ways, stairs and/or ...
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Compensation for working more than contract states

The employment contract that I signed specified that I work a maximum of 20 hours a week. For the past two years I've been scheduled more that, around 24-40 hours a week. Does this entitle me to ...
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“Status date” for trademark (in TSDR) is prior to “Filing date”?

This is specific to a trademark I came across; http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=76720679&caseSearchType=US_APPLICATION&caseType=US_REGISTRATION_NO&searchType=statusSearch The status is ...
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Is it legal for reverse lights to turn on when a car is in park?

This question is about the reverse lights, or backup lights, or the white lights on the back of a car: When I am in a parking lot, some cars have the reverse lights on even though the car is in park, ...
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Can a city enforce antitrust laws in the US?

I know this would probably depend on the state and city, but do cities have any recourse for monopolistic behavior? For example, say a parking provider buys up all of the parking in the city and ...
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Is abortion still legal in all 50 states?

A number of states have recently passed, or are about to pass, laws prohibiting abortion. As I understand it, they intend these laws to be contested, and eventually appealed to the Supreme Court, in ...
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State forbids it's citizens from purchasing firearms in states where firearms are legal

In most cases if a state declares a substance or procedure to be illegal it doesn’t prohibit one from going to another state where said substance (marijuana) or procedure (abortion) is legal. But ...
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Do I need a disclaimer for a camera in a private restroom?

I will be leasing an apartment. Because maintenance personnel will be entering when I am not home, I plan to setup cameras throughout the apartment. I have confirmed this is not a lease violation to ...
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Divulging students' grades to third parties

In the U.S., I understand that it is illegal for teachers to divulge a student's grades to anyone with no legitimate claim to the information. Is it similarly illegal for parents to do that? In some ...