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In which US states is hush money payment illegal?

I was just reading something from the New Yorker magazine which stated: “Paying hush money is not a crime under New York state law,” Mark Pomerantz, a lawyer who worked in the D.A.’s office, wrote, ...
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In US, if I trick a person into knocking a wrong door and the homeowner shoots them to death, what crime would I commit?

Let me start by saying that I'm not a US citizen nor living in the US (I live in a country where guns are illegal), and I'm not familiar with the difference between the gun laws in different states. ...
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How do I answer an application question about being convicted of a crime?

Applications for jobs, etc. ask I have any arrest or conviction. I was arrested and convicted, but it was thrown out on appeal. My record is clear of any conviction. Must I report it on the ...
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Risks of Disobeying Zoning Restrictions

What can happen if someone violates zoning restrictions? What punishment from the government is that person risking? If I am reading these laws correctly, it sounds like backyard chickens are not ...
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Fischer v. United States defense arguments based on literal reading of "Obstructing an official proceeding" vs "What they actually meant was..."?

Oral arguments for Fischer v. United States (Docket No. 23-5572) were recently heard at the US Supreme court, and there have been written filings as well. Wikipedia's Obstructing an official ...
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Criminal proceedings for a criminal who committed crimes in multiple countries

If a criminal from another country (say Australia) were to commit crimes there and flee to the United States, what government would track him? After capture, would he be returned to the Australian ...
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WFH job check for equipment [closed]

So I just got a wfh job with a company, Garner Health, as a data entry associate. The company is a legitimate company have done plenty research. My issue is they have sent me a check to buy all ...
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Can police lie about your rights?

If you ask a police person a question about your rights can they lie? Are they allowed to remain silent when you ask them a question about your rights?
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Can a prison sentence be deferred?

This question is prompted by What happens if the elected presidential candidate is sent to prison before they become president? While there's no constitutional reason why POTUS can't serve from jail, ...
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To what extent can US police lie to a suspect?

I believe it is common knowledge that American police are allowed lie to a suspect, but how far can they go? Can they say / show a suspect things like these examples-- We have a witness who saw you ...
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In the US, what has been the general outcome of COVID-19 vaccine-mandate litigation?

Recently, a friend informed me that he knew someone who had won a lawsuit, with a large award for damages, against his employer, which I believe was a private company, because he was dismissed for not ...
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False information on Florida Criminal History Report, can I sue the state?

I decided to pay $25.00 to the state of Florida to obtain a copy of my Florida Criminal History Report. I found there is blatantly fictitious information on my report claiming I was charged with ...
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What are some of the legal consequences of hiring full-time employees as independent contractors?

I read on the Workplace SE people mention being full-time employees employed as independent contractors. What would be the legal consequences of doing so? I'm under the impression that contract work ...
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Can your school ban you from sending e-mails? [closed]

My school has banned every student from sending e-mails to each other. I'm not sure if this is a thing that schools are allowed to do or not, but I feel that they shouldn't be able to. Our school is ...
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Is it legal to send pressed flowers to the United States via mail?

Is it legal to send pressed flowers from my garden to the United States via mail. If it is legal, what rules are relevant? The flowers are common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) and crocus vernus. Crocus ...
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Is/was there something in US law that terrorists could not benefit from funding/aid "even inadvertently"?

Time wrote in relation to the 2011 famine in Somalia: US aid officials and any aid worker handling US food suddenly had a legal obligation to ensure none of benefitted al Shabab, even inadvertently. [...
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Can lawyers perform actions for the sole purpose of delay if the client is facing the death penalty?

This answer contains the remark: Lawyers are also officers of the court and are specifically prohibited from taking actions in litigation with the sole purpose of delay. (The analysis would be ...
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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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Filing taxes jointly while legally separated

My ex and I are legally separated in Colorado. Under CO law we're still technically married. When we filed the JDF 1115 financial declaration form, we checked the box saying that we'd be filing ...
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Abortion and States' Rights in the US

If a fetus is a person, it's not a citizen until after it's born, per the Constitution. That would make birth a process of naturalization (converting a stateless non-citizen fetus into a citizen). But ...
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Do Trump's lawyers have a fiduciary duty to delay the proceedings?

Trump is currently facing a variety of legal charges. If he is elected to the presidency and takes office, he could order the federal cases against him to be dropped. So it is against Trump's interest ...
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Can sexual consent be required to enter a building?

First off, and this should be assumed, but IDs are checked and all people entering are of age. Now, there are technically two questions I'm asking. The first: is it legal in the United States for ...
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Do I have to file state income tax if I am working mentally?

I am a software engineer. I have the ability to write software in my mind without a computer. It's probably an advantage provided by my autism. There were a few times the code of an application ...
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Must I declare all items in my vehicle when crossing from the U.S. to Canada, or only those inquired about? [migrated]

Surely I don't have to declare each and every item in my vehicle whenever I travel to Canada, do I? Do I actually have to disclose that I have a clipboard somewhere in my vehicle, for example? I asked ...
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Can legal action be reasonably taken against someone for providing incentive to hurt yourself?

Let's say that Sam the Sociopath invites Peter the Poor man into his luxurious house. They go to a living room with a fireplace. Sam then pulls out 1 million dollars in a fireproof bag that will last ...
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Repair obligations in Massachussets house lease

I am reading the language for a lease. This specific provision stood out to me as potentially significant: Subject to applicable law, Tenant shall keep and maintain the Leased Premises and all ...
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Under what circumstances could a state's presidential election results he overturned?

Suppose that clear evidence were found proving that a state's presidential election results were affected by voting fraud. (This is a hypothetical scenario, and I am not referring to any election that ...
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Why might a court not be allowed to order the sale of home owned by a tenancy of the entirety?

I am reading a case from 1978, Kahn v. Kahn, in which the Court of Appeals in New York debated whether it had the authority to order the sale a couple's home during divorce proceedings. The principal ...
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Question about validating e-signatures

Looking for a legally sound answer to validating a digital signature (e-signature) in standard documents like IRS forms. For clarity, these are not documents we trigger to the recipient/signer. That ...
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Basic books and documents to read for a comprehensive guide to US law [closed]

What are good books, docs, or PDFs for US and Virginia Law? There is the Constitution and Bill of Rights, but are more modern documents available?
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Could I file a complaint against discrimination in my favor?

(Hypothetical) Say I had a boss who was crazy enough to make a statement like, “All men get a raise, and all women get a paycut.” The hypothetical women in the hypothetical office are refusing to take ...
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Is it legal to sell expired food in the United States?

Is it legal for grocery stores to sell expired food in the United States?
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Selected for H1B but never intends to find employment in the US

If a Canadian applicant was selected for a H1B lottery but never intends to find employment in the US, will the H1B status expire after about 3 years? If not, when will it expire? Thanks.
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Has, or could, a state or city become a group insurer under federal law?

If a city or state, more likely a state, as part of an insurer being licensed to do business within said state, were required to insure the citizens of a state as a "single group", perhaps ...
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Is "I'll see you in court!" legally binding?

Say that "Joe" really doesn't like something that "Donald" does, and they end up getting in a heated argument over it. Donald does not budge, and eventually Joe gets fed up and ...
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On American Jury Duty and Doctors' Letters to the Contrary

In the United States, can someone be legitimately be summoned for jury duty when a doctor provided a letter with medical reasons to the contrary?
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Can I be sued for defamation where the subject of the defamation became provable after the alleged defamation?

Suppose I write in a public Facebook post that Joe the Roofer is a liar and a dishonest person. My post causes Joe to lose customers and his revenue decreases. Joe sues me for defamation. Shortly ...
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Are entertainment venues in the US required to make sound level logs publicly available?

I read about France: Another part of the regulations concerns information that must be provided to the public. Night clubs and venues that can host more than 300 people are now required to ...
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Discharging patient under influence of anesthesia without an emergency contact to bring patient home

If a healthcare facility discharges a patient who is still under the influence of anesthesia after a medical procedure without an emergency contact to bring the patient home and the patient walked out ...
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Do you have to provide evidence you're non-union member if you're claiming wage theft? If you're not a union member is impossible to prove you're not

Do you have to provide evidence you're non-union member if you're claiming wage theft? If you're not a union member is impossible to prove you're not.
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If you report your employer for wage theft, do you have to provide evidence you hold no shares and therefore FLSA applies?

If you report your employer for wage theft, do you have to provide evidence you hold no shares and therefore FLSA applies? How do you convince your manager to confirm you have no shares without making ...
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Public Access to Records of Criminal Proceedings

Follow-up to this question Alice is assaulted by Bob. Alice reports the assault to the police, including the fact that Bob is the assailant. The police investigate then turn their findings over to ...
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A third-party turned over information about me to a party in a case that I am not involved in. What recourse do I have?

A civil lawsuit is going on that I am not a party to. The Plaintiff in that case issued a subpoena to a third-party company whose services I use. The third-party company contacted me and informed me ...
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Victim Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings

Alice is assaulted by Bob. Alice reports the assault to the police, including the fact that Bob is the assailant. The police investigate then turn their findings over to the local prosecutor's office....
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What is theft when not permanent

I was looking into the definition of theft in the UK and found (emphasis mine): Theft is defined by section 1 of the Theft Act 1968 as the dishonest appropriation of property belonging to another ...
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What if you "don't understand" your Miranda rights?

As I understand it, if a police officer doesn't read the Miranda warning, any answers you give to their questions can be dismissed in court. (I'm sure there are exceptions to this). If they read the ...
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In the US, who has right of way at non intersecting roads turning into a main road?

Let's say you're at a stop sign on Road A and want to make a left turn onto road B. About 50 to 100 feet to your right is another road on the opposite side of the road, road C, that also meets road B ...
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DUI blood tests - keeping them out

Imagine the following hypothetical situation. Officers Jones has arrested Joe Average for driving under the influence of an illegal drugs. The case looks very promising for the prosecution and the ...
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Are private tutors such as princeton review/kaplan subject to FERPA non-disclosure laws (United States)?

Are private tutors such as princeton review/kaplan tutors subject to FERPA privacy (United States)?
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Is it legal to create a legally allowed problem that didn't exist beforehand, then sell the solution to that problem to affected people?

Examples: A phone company selling a phone with a headphone port for years, then redesigning your latest model phone so it doesn't have a headphone port and selling an adapter so people can connect ...
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