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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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Does the term "need" carry any legal weight in the context of a police officer claiming they "need" to see your ID?

Consider that in most states you are not required to furnish identity documents on demand, (unless you are being arrested, or pulled over in a traffic stop) what is the status or required level of ...
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When does an officer's discretion end, and where does an officer's duty begin?

User6726's answer to this question seemed to imply that an officer's discretion was endless; that no matter what the situation, they could always decide not to intervene. That seems highly unlikely to ...
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Is there a legal distinction between “phishing” and “simulated phishing”?

Phishing emails are illegal under laws such as the Anti-Phishing Act of 2005. Many companies are becoming increasingly aggressive with sending “simulated phishing” emails to their employees. Employees ...
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Does it matter where a prenuptial agreements is signed?

If my wife and I get married and sign an agreement in regards to the marriage in South Africs will it be valid if we move to the USA? What happens if we get divorced? Will the prenup be enforceable? ...
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Does the shade of color (light vs dark) in a trademark matter?

With respect to a U.S. Registration, for a trademark that claims the color green, does the shade of green make a difference? For example, if the registered mark is in dark green and I submit a ...
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Consumer liability deadline extension for electronic transfers (US)

12 CFR 1005.6(a)(4), Liability of consumer for unauthorized transfers, says (4) Extension of time limits. If the consumer's delay in notifying the financial institution was due to extenuating ...
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laboratory results being withheld until payment received from self pay patient

Is it legal for a Laboratory to withhold results from the ordering provider until a self pay patient pays their bill in full?
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14 day rental rule and 1099 Misc. How to report?

I rented my house for 12 days to a movie production company. I understand that I don't have to report the income (or any expenses). However, the production company sent me a 1099 Misc for rents, which ...
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Is it illegal to pay someone to investigate another person if they're not a licensed detective?

Say Bob wants to know more about Jack, so he pays 'X' (service, company, or person) and they provide Bob will everything he asks for about the person, which could include private info (personal ...
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In the US, can the courts intervene if an extremely destructive (but constitutional) law is passed?

If the US Congress were to pass an extremely destructive (but constitutional) law that the president then signed, what would the result be and would there be any recourse from the courts or the states?...
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Calculating Estate Tax with a charity

Consider the following hypothetical situation. A person, called Joe, dies in 2024 with a taxable estate of 20 million dollars. There is no issue of a state estate tax. The terms of his will state that ...
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Can 501(c)(4)s donate to political candidates' campaigns?

Can 501(c)(4) non-profits fund political candidates' campaigns? Unlike a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(3)s can engage in political activity, endorse candidates, etc.
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Can an employer extend a start date for a job after it has already been agreed upon and signed? [closed]

I am supposed to be starting my new job in 4 days and my employer reached out to me telling me that they were told by the president of the company to extend all management trainees start date until ...
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Would Trump's defence work in other courts?

Donald Trump's defence against incitement is essentially the ambiguity of his language: he never explicitly told the crowd to violently attack Congress, but he did use ambiguous words such as "...
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What laws relate to the taking/possessing of foetuses?

The news today is an anti-abortion activist has been jailed. This story includes the point that in 2022 police discovered five foetuses at the home where was arrested and had lived or stayed. That ...
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Is looking up the lyrics for a song illegal?

I was dumbstruck when I found out today that apparently posting the lyrics to a song is copyright infringement. I literally asked ChatGPT for the lyrics to "Around the World" by Daft Punk, ...
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request early appointment for asylee - United States

Can a person on asylum request early interviewing from USCIS if they haven't been interviewed? If yes what is the procedure? Can he ask the officer (during the course of the interview) to withdraw his ...
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If someone is reverse-scammed while trying to commit a crime, can they get the scammer without incriminating themselves?

Carl wants to commit a crime. He gets input from Scarlet. Little does Carl know that Scarlet is a Scammer, and leads Carl into a scam. Under normal circumstances, Carl might press charges against ...
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What happens to a trial if the presiding judge is unable to finish the trial?

What happens if, during an ongoing trial, the presiding judge dies, is injured, or otherwise is unable to finish the trial?
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When a defendant takes a plea deal offered by the prosecutor, does that set future legal precedents?

Or are future legal precedents only set when you go to a bench trial or a jury trial? This question applies to both criminal and civil cases - not sure if there is a difference...
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What rights does a dead body have? Can crimes be committed against one?

Say Nate the nutcase happens to find a dead body on the road. Being a nutcase, he takes the dead body, and does a bunch of "weird stuff" stuff to it (e.g. satanic rituals, maybe necrophilia, ...
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Can you be found guilty of a crime even if it's not you who is on trial? (USA)

If you are pressing charges against someone for assault and during the trial against them it is found that you are guilty of trying to kidnap their child and that's why they attacked you, could you be ...
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Hung Jury - time for a retrial

Imagine a person is charged with a felony but not a particularly serious felony. Perhaps the defendant is looking at doing a few months in prison. There is a trial and most but not all members of the ...
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Is a digital last will and testament on my cloud drive legally binding?

For example: Let's say I simply put the signed, digitized document on a cloud drive and inform my executor of how to retrieve it via an email with instructions for safe keeping. Will my Executor have ...
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Bar to win a preliminary injunction to block an M&A deal

This is a thread of tweet about the bar FTC has to meet to block an M&A deal. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1669428214513672193.html My question is does this bar only apply to FTC? Is it the ...
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What constitutes "fault of the buyer"? [closed]

I have a contract to sell my house that is contingent on the buyer selling their home. A common enough occurrence. If Buyer does not close on the sale of Buyer’s property, through no fault of Buyer, ...
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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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How to respond to police next of kin notification that turns into questioning [duplicate]

A recent podcast from Reveal covers the topic of police in the U.S. notifying next of kin when police kill someone. But as part of the notification, the police first ask questions about the deceased ...
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Miranda Loophole: Interrogation by Private Citizen

In Chris Hansen's new show Takedown, episode "James and the Giant Lie", the following situation occurs. The television personality Chris Hansen lures a man into a sting house. This man is ...
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Why is the reliability of Stormy Daniels testimony relevant in Trump's hush money process?

As I understand, the issue here is that Trump falsified his account to cover the payment, not that he assaulted Daniels. Why is Daniels' (or McDougals') testimony from May 7&9 relevant? Whatever ...
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What are the pros and cons of adding spouse's name to a real property in a community property state after marriage?

For community property state (e.g. California), I know real property acquired after marriage is community property regardless of whose title it belongs. Considering this, what are the pros and cons of ...
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Hearing Voices. While hearing voices does it always have to be Psychological Operations? Or could it be infrastructure? If so from Where, and Who [closed]

I know that We have what You would call Psychological Operations. There for I also know that there are Technologies that can be used to administer What You would call Puppeteer/Puppet Characteristics. ...
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Legal restrictions on shortcuts, hotkeys, or keybindings

vim keybindings are very popular among programmers, and used across many tools. Vim happens to be open source, so anyone can use the keybindings. However, for a new tool, would it be possible to ...
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I bought a car living in Pennsylvania but moved to WV. My co-owner lives in Pennsylvania. How do I register in WV?

The co-owner is listed first, so the vehicle is still registered in PA. How do I get the vehicle registered in WV? Or does it need to stay in PA since that is where the co-owner lives and they are ...
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Use of Royal Arms for non-UK citizens

There are severe restrictions, I'm sure, for using "By appointment to his royal highness the prince of wales" in the United Kingdom. However, what such restrictions are there in countries ...
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How much authority do teachers get from *In Loco Parentis*?

I am concerned entirely with the issue as it relates to property. Let's say at Madeup Prep the cell phone policy allows for phones to be in pockets, but not out in class. Some teachers, however, ...
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General legallity of selling advanced malicious software systems [duplicate]

Generally, within the United States, would it be legal to: Develop an advanced network exploitation system that has capabilities like The NSO Group Pegesus Spyware. Market that software to any US ...
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Was the 2003 US invasion of Iraq illegal under the UN Convention?

Article 2, paragraph 4 of the UN Charter stipulates that: "All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or ...
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Is This Workplace Discrimination? What should I do about it?

So I work at an large company, dealing with automotive related services. Most of the stores (and employees in general) are guys. Today a girl applied at my current store. Female employees are not ...
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Can a judge decide a case based on their own legal knowledge?

Can a judge in the United States decide a case based on their own legal knowledge, using some legal theory or argument that was not presented by either side in the case, which neither side therefore ...
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Could my friend actually be in trouble with the FBI? [closed]

So my friend is on Twitter (anonymous account), and the other day, we both got into an argument with a middle aged man who uses his real name and photo (we are both in our 20s), and he posted a ...
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How can states legalize cannabis?

Since cannabis is still federally illegal, how do states legalize it? Couldn't the federal government still enforce their laws?
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Literary translation and copyright

A US friend would like to translate literary works published in Farsi. What should they do (if anything) to ensure this is legal assuming the works are not yet in the public domain? Or do the ...
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Fred closes a stranger's truck door; the truck later burns down. What is Fred's liability?

This question comes directly from an episode of the call-in automotive advice show Car Talk. The original call occurred in or around 1994, but recently re-aired in episode 2349, "We Specialize in ...
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What is the creditor priority of stolen property in bankruptcy proceedings?

In bankruptcy, a large number of hands fight to take slices from a small pie. The Absolute Priority Rule specifies that creditors are paid following a predetermined order based on the type of their ...
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Are Book ISBNs in the United States a Monopoly?

It seems to me that the only legitimate place to purchase an ISBN is through the private company, BOWKER---which charges $125 for a single ISBN number. The cost per ISBN diminishes when purchased in ...
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How do U.S. state laws requiring something from the past interact with U.S. state laws that legally change the past?

In the U.S., state laws can require that someone present some document or information in order to do something. This can be the current version of the thing, or a past version, or, potentially, even ...
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21 days under FRCP 12(a)(1)(a)(i) or 14 days under FRCP 15(a)(3)

When a plaintiff adds a party via an amended complaint, does the new defendant get 14 days to respond under FRCP 15(a)(3) (the rule for responding to an amended pleading) or 21 days to respond under ...
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Can 501(C)(3) sell items that were donated? [closed]

I am an employee of a nonprofit (501C3) museum that sells merchandise to help us expand our reach to the public. My question is: If someone (an employee or guest) donates items for the museum to sell, ...
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Why isn't there financial safety if I am arrested illegally? [closed]

I have been arrested approximately 14 times in my life and never Mirandized. The last time I was arrested, about 8 police officers stood around me asking me what I was doing. After I explained every ...

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