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Is it legal for a supermarket to refuse to sell an adult beer if an adult with them doesn’t have their ID?

Today I went with my dad grocery shopping at a supermarket in New York (ShopRite) and he put a six-pack of beer in the cart. They then wouldn’t let him buy the beer because they couldn’t ID me (21, ...
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Categories of US law

Considering US law (federal, state and local), are there any laws which fall outside of the following categories (pulled from Wikipedia)? Criminal Law Tort Law Contract Law Property Law ...
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Requirements for low-power radio transmitters

I'm trying to build a tiny (roughly non-smart cellphone sized) device which communicates over radio. Ignoring any mistakes during development, in the end it'll probably broadcast over standard ham ...
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Can a Resident Assistant be told to ignore a lawful order?'

Today I have an interesting question involving Police, Fire and university administration. A little bit of background: for the past few years, my University has been involved in a small, awkward ...
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Why couldn't this character in 'Better Call Saul' be a paralegal or take a similar role?

In Season 3 of Better Call Saul, Could this character have helped that person with the legal paperwork in the same capacity as a paralegal -- filing documents, proofreading, etc. could? Or would the ...
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What is the legal status of intimate photos sent to your (now) ex-partner after a break-up?

When I met my now ex-boyfriend, we were both already over 18. I took digital nude pictures of myself and transferred them electronically to him, i. e. I was sexting him. He didn't specifically ask for ...
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Does ability to impeach an expert witness on science or scholarship go too far?

In court, on impeaching expert testimony: Imagine that Einstein is still alive, that he hadn't done anything since he actually died, that he was never famous (so no one in a modern courtroom except ...
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Why was the decision to make a non-traditional prosecutorial judgement unclear at the start of the 2017 Special Counsel Investigation?

Background One comment on this question about Robert Mueller's 2017 Special Counsel Investigation inquired about a specific aspect of the investigation. This aspect related to the prosecutorial ...
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What do I do if someone forged my name on bill of sale to transfer title?

Hello I need help with advice on where to go with the situation I'm in. I made a deal with the guy to trade my Dodge Durango and my Mustang for his Suzuki street bike and a $2000 digital water pump. I ...
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When can you avoid libel by preceding a false statement with “Sources say” or “I heard”?

Suppose the New York Times writes "Sources say the celebrity John Doe raped his daughter" and they truly found two anonymous people (i.e., two sources) beforehand with that claim. How responsible is ...
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Is the premise of Robert Mueller about how a sitting President cannot be indicted imply that a sitting President is above the law?

Background In page 213 of the Mueller Report, the Special Counsel team describes thier considerations that guided their obstruction-of-justice investigation. First, a traditional prosecution or ...
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Privacy Protection of the US Census records… impact of Privacy Act of 1974

The Census Bureau writes: It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census or survey information that identifies an individual or business. This is true even ...
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Credit union holding car note, refuses to provide details of how payments have been applied

A credit union financed a car note for me. I never knew them before the loan transaction and I only have the car note there. Recently, my payments seem to not lower my loan balance as much as it ...
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Transfer of US Presidential power when both the President and the Vice President are incapacitated

According to Article II, section 1, clause 6 of the US Constitution, in the case of death, removal, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers of the office, both of the President and the Vice ...
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Is the cop right? Is it OK to harass people, but only as long as it's non-sexual?

(The protagonist of this clip, the "bagel guy", went viral recently in someone else's video) In this Youtube video (now removed, Twitter copy) a cop tells him it's not illegal to harass people, but ...
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Are unclear “take-it or leave-it” contracts interpreted in my favor?

In the accepted answer to this question, it's written that: Since this is (presumably) a take-it or leave it contract which they wrote up and you didn't actually negotiate, any unclarities are ...
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Constitutionally can the judge issue an arrest warrant for driving without a license? [closed]

went to court and I asked for a appeal and didn't have the money for the appeal so can they arrest for this...??? Or make payment to the fine which she try to make sign but didn't..
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On the federal level, does the Constitution actually mandate that “no one above the law”?

Background In the United States, there is a principle that was popular amongst the founding fathers called "no one is above the law" according to Thomas Paine, and described in the Massachusetts ...
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Is There a Federal Statue regarding Invasion of Privacy When it Comes to Landlords?

I am wondering whether there is a federal statute or case law that discusses tenant rights to privacy? For example, a landlord enters a person apartment without their knowledge and one of the ...
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Can an auto insurance firm ( US) raise rates based on old age?

My auto insurance went up 30% this year. I am 82 and my wife is 77. As far as I can recall, we have had just 1 or 2 claims in the last 50 years. 10 years ago, my wife backed into a parked car ...
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What prevents someone from claiming to be the murderer in order to get the real murderer off?

Say someone is on trial for a murder they committed. During the trial, one of the witnesses, a friend of the defendant, admits that it was actually they who were the killer. It seems that this would ...
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Couple Forced to Give Up Babies After Embryo Mixup

There was a recent story about parents who gave physically gave birth to children conceived through IVF, but through some kind of mix-up, gave birth to children who were not genetically related to ...
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Is it legal for a private business to require contact information to complete a checkout?

We were in a counter-service restaurant today. When we went to pay, their checkout system required a telephone number and email address. We asked if we could opt-out and just pay, and were told that ...
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US Patent Law: Can a consumer of patented technology be held liable?

Under US patent law, if a company releases a product or technology based on a patent which they do not have the rights to, can the end-user / consumer of this product or technology be held liable by ...
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Working online from abroad in a USA organization

Which states in USA have legislations that allow organizations in that state to recruit people living abroad (they are hence not authorized to work in USA) to work online for that organization? Or, ...
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Is discrimination based on job occupation legal in United States?

Recently some cops were asked to leave a coffee shop because other people didnt feel safe. In my country you can't deny service based on anything, as far as I know, they list a large number of reasons ...
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How is the passing of an estate's property handled when the recipient has also died?

This is a theoretical question so I may not have thought it through completely. We have a grandmother who has died, leaving behind a will that is several years old. In it, she has given an asset (...
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Does the law make any legal distinction between finding guilt and categorically establishing that someone committed an act?

Short of undeniable video evidence or multiple firsthand accounts, guilt is established "beyond a reasonable doubt". Is there any kind of distinction made where the legal system understands that it'...
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Is it legal to have unpaid volunteer moderators (or other types of volunteers) on a for-profit community website?

It seems like everyone does it. I've never heard of a paid moderator (though I'm sure they probably exist). From what I've gathered, however, it sounds like having any kind of volunteers is illegal ...
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Can an employer force all employees to open bank accounts in the employees' names?

[asking regarding federal law in the U.S.A. only] Recently I have noticed low wage employers such as fast food and retail requiring employees to open a bank account through the employer. Such ...
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Not paying property rent due to unlivable condition

I'm living in an apartment complex in Chicago suburbs. I was paying rent continuously throughout the course of the lease. But it has been 2 months that I'm surrounded with huge number of pests, mostly ...
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what is the minimum age or conditions to pick up a prescription on someones behalf in WA state

The title says it all: what is the minimum age or conditions to pick up a prescription on someones behalf in WA state. None controlled substance Particularly: Topiramate. It's a pretty cheap anti-...
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Would a parent leaving their child at safe haven to avoid paying child support be guilty of a crime?

Let me start by saying this is a purely hypothetical question asked only out of curiosity, I have no unwanted children nor am I horrible enough person to do this if I did. Still lets say ...
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Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office?

Can a medical provider be paid to display some advertisement for medical services/treatments/products in their office? If so, does the medical provider have to disclose that they had received ...
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What is the legal background for confiscating cell phones of detained asylum seekers?

On the US southern border, some of the arriving people are detained currently. It is irrelevant here why and how that happens. Cell phones are confiscated when a person found to be an illegal ...
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Can a murder case be filed if that information gets classified?

Assume a member of the government murdered another individual over some unrelated matter. The attacker is an important member of the US government, so the President classifies this information. Now, ...
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Marshae Jones' case: Manslaughter when shot, would it make a difference when baby was born?

This is very specific to the reported case of Marshae Jones, from what I learned in the article from The Guardian: Alabama: pregnant woman shot in stomach is charged in fetus's death The given ...
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Reimbursement for business use of personal phone

I work at a small company located in California. The company has indicated that they would like to begin forwarding all calls outside of business hours to my phone. In actuality there would be very ...
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Would gambling money on odds of winnig a video game be legal in the United States?

I believe I read before that the US only constituted a situation as 'gambling' if there was luck based, which is to say that if there was a sufficient degree of skill involved then something was not ...
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Can I use a corporation name that has been “Merged Out” as my new corporation name in California?

I did the search on California Secretary of State - Business Name site, and it shows the status as "Merged Out" (more than 20 years ago). I also searched the US Official Trademark Db site for the ...
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Clery Act--Does it include reports of crime that occur off-campus to university members?

The Clery act states that universities in the US are required to collect (F) Statistics concerning the occurrence on campus, in or on noncampus buildings or property, and on public property ...
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Does the employee or employer decide how to satisfy the tax withholding requirement for restricted stock granted as income? [closed]

I'm currently working at a startup and am going to receive some equity in the company through a restricted stock grant. The CEO inserted this clause into the grant agreement and it's giving me some ...
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Before the 13th Amendment, could people sell themselves into slavery in the USA?

Classical (non-racial) systems of slavery in Western civilization, such as Greco-Roman, Celtic, etc. typically included provisions for selling oneself into slavery. This might be as a way to escape ...
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How can new villages and cities be formed or incorporated within various states? [closed]

What is the process for creating new villages and/or incorporating cities within the following states? Colorado Washington Pennsylvania Kentucky Missouri New Mexico
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How can nicotine be legal for a pregnant lady? [closed]

If a Lady is tested positive for THC it is illegal and depending on location one can be arrested and the baby taken, but if they smoke cigarettes to cause the unborn baby to die there is no penalty? ...
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Two year home residency and citizenship under section 322

Background: I went to the U.S. on a J-1 Visa in 2014 and am subject to the two year home residency requirement. My wife is a U.S. Citizen born abroad. Our child, also born outside of the U.S. (in 2013)...
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Can US Supreme Court justices / judges be “rotated” out against their will?

In last night's US Presidential Debate, candidate and US Senator Bernie Sanders asserted the option of being able to "rotate" Supreme Court judges / justices to other courts. As quoted in The Hill: ...
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Possibility of credit card trolling strategy

Let's say I owe 100k in CC debt. The cc company goes to sue. Correct me but civil trials take months, more.for low priority crap like debt collection. Just before the trial date, I find one of the ...
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Do Credit card companies actually sue over large debts? California [closed]

I have 100k of CC debt I haven't paid for months. Would cc companies actually sue? The way I see it- They have no way to find me. Would have to be service by publication. A normal civil suit takes a ...
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Pulled over (graphic included) - Washington DC

I was pulled over in Washington, DC by DHS, FPS and received a moving violation for, as the officer describes on the ticket, “Wrong Way on one way.” Specifically, the ticket lists the infraction as ...