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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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US citizen renunciation law in §877A and "covered expatriate" exception

The legal code regarding the expatriation tax contains 2 completely different, though closely related, sections here: §877 and §877A. Sect §877 looks to be one that has the exception for "...
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In US Patents, is a novel "realization" or discovery in itself patentable; in such cases can/do multiple methods/apparatus form the SAME patent?

An example, consider car tires. In the search for better performance there are numerous ideas (and of course a huge numbers patents) - different compounds, special shapes, apparatus inside the tire, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What taxes are applied to entrance fees to a skill based gambling game? [closed]

Consider an online skill-based game involving betting: In this game: Users buy Tokens. Tokens are used to enter a game. The game itself is a skill based game - like chess Tokens are traded within the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can the use of trademarked and/or copyrighted logos in a game be lawful?

Can a software application lawfully include and display trademarked and/or copyrighted logos, when they are used as, for example, part of a Bingo-like "spotting" game, without permission ...
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How do US self defence law apply to protest camps?

In the US self defence laws appear somewhat on the side of the defender, particularly when ones home is attacked, compared to the UK for example. These has been an example where third parties, ie. not ...
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Being paid not to press charges

A situation occurred where a girl punched a male student after this student bothered her. The school official called all parents in with the male student and parents played the victim, and the ...
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What will happen to Federal regulations once Chevron is eliminated?

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and Relentless, Inc. v. Department of Commerce (https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2024/01/chevron-deference-faces-...
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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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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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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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Which level of myopia is the highest possible to be allowed to drive a car?

Is there the highest corrected myopia level (in diopters) that allows you to drive a car in the US? Implying that you get 90%+ vision acuity with that correction (with glasses/lenses), but more than ...
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How can a judge send the jury out of the courtroom?

Source Hicks praised Trump's business acumen and media skills during her testimony, and hesitated or said she didn't recall when asked about the former president's direct knowledge of some conduct in ...
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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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Is the “civil shield” for employees a real thing?

I have heard people speaking about a supposed “civil shield” for employees, but I can’t find anything that proves or disproves it. The theory is something like, if an employee is following the ...
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Who gets to select/know the identities of the Jurors in an anonymous Jury?

Do the prosecutors know who they are? What about the defense attorneys? How does the usual process of jury selection even work in such a scenario?
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Does a US city have the legal power to stop spam mail?

I live in a small apartment building that gets an onslaught of spam mail. Endless offers and coupon newspapers, etc all addressed to "To the resident of so and so". I, as a concerned and ...
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