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Is this scenario for Trump reversing the election legally sound?

Newsweek has published a scenario which it claims could lead to Trump reversing an election defeat. I'd like to know if the legal steps in this are correct. Here is the scenario with political ...
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Is this grounds for Child Protection Services

If a religious parent found out their child was an atheist or part of the LGBT community, then freaked out about it and told them I rather have you dead than have you be what you are. Can CPS remove ...
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Am I allowed to threaten to detonate a bomb when a group of people are illegally threatening my life in public?

You are eating in a public restaurant. A group of people suddenly take out their guns and point them at you. You have a gun on you but you don't want to use it because you are afraid of getting shot ...
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Would using poll watchers to hold down voter turnout from opposing party in battleground areas be illegal?

I have heard something in the news about 50,000 poll watchers being sent by a specific political party that has received fewer votes in most of the presidential elections since 1990 and received ...
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How to search for court records regarding medical malpractice for a particular physician?

New York state (US) here. I would like to know what tools/sites/etc. I can use for searching any pertinent court records/documents regarding medical malpractice suits against a particular physician. ...
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What to file (in ID) to pre-emptively dismiss out of state (AZ) non-compete

I live in ID and have an old non-compete with a former client in AZ. I have an attorney handling the matter there. I want to preemptively fight it here too since the former client has issued a very ...
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Negligence in Cloud Storage

I pay Microsoft $100 per year for 6 TB of cloud storage for a lot of personal videos. Assume that there is a fire and Microsoft loses all of my data. It is not clear whether Microsoft stores my data ...
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Sedative Administration by Law Enforcement: Legal Precedents?

Question: Are the any legal precedents (U.S. legal system) that have firmly addressed the administration and usage of sedatives on apprehended individuals by or at the request of law enforcement ? To ...
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Cloud Storage Price Increases

I paid $100 for 6 TB of cloud storage (Microsoft) for a lot of personal videos. That contract ends May 31, 2021. I'm sure I can then renew it, but are there any laws in any country preventing a large ...
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Are tickets actualy illegitimate

. Tickets are a de facto road toll therefore federally prohibited. Since you can be ticketed just before entering a highway they are a de facto FHWA violation and a taking of property. Also, local ...
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What can a school/camp do if a minor in their charge walks out without permission?

Lets say a child is left in the care of a school, camp, or similar organization. At some point, against the instructions of the guardians involved, the child proceeds to walk out of the building and ...
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Can I legally call myself a software engineer without a professional engineering license?

I recognize that certain types of engineering disciplines are very heavily regulated. As I understand, these types of engineering have a legal definition that requires licensure, without which one ...
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How does false advertisment regulation apply to games claiming your IQ is determined by your success in the game?

I've seen a number of mobile game advertisements which will hover an IQ score above the game with it going up or down based off of rather the player makes a correct move in the game. While they don't ...
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Can I use Mario or other similar assets for a banner on my website?

My graphic designer sent me a banner for a gaming website that has Mario on it. He's not the focal point of the banner, but still is clearly visible. My website doesn't sell anything, but makes ...
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Why is it ok to submit false statements to a judge, according to 18 USC 1001(b)?

18 USC 1001(a) makes false statements to the federal government a felony. However, 18 USC 1001(b) says: Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for ...
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Golden Eagle Insignia

Can I use this Golden Eagle in a Non-Commercial Game or this is a prohibited with the Golden Eagle Insignia
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Is asking your rapist to use a condom considered giving consent in the US?

Is asking your rapist to use a condom considered giving consent in the US?
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As between lawyer and client, who gets to call the shots on strategy and tactics?

This question is a followup on my earlier one. Suppose plaintiff is suing for compensation and/or damages in a tort case. I would guess that the client would have the greater say on strategic matters. ...
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Siblings Want To Charge Me Rent To Stay In Our Inherited Property For One Year

My 3 siblings and I inherited our parents house in 2011. The home has no mortgage. I have paid my 1/4 of the taxes each year since 2012 have never missed a payment. I have also paid my 1/4 of the ...
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Would the ADA allow a teacher with comorbidities relevant to COVID-19 to insist on teaching remotely in Fall 2020?

I am a professor at a large state university which has announced it will teach classes on campus this fall, and I am diabetic. I am very concerned about whether my university can provide an ...
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What is a “Right of a seat in church” Easement attached to land

I was casually reviewing property statutes for Oklahoma, as one is wont to do, when I came upon: 60 OK Stat s60-49: The following land burdens or servitudes upon land, may be attached to other land ...
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What does “may” mean when used as a verb in a text of law in the US? Possibility or guarantee?

What does "may" mean when used as a verb in a text of law in the US? For example, if the law say "X may do Y", is it guaranteed that X can do Y, or does that mean that perhaps the ...
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If an appeals court orders a lower court to throw out a case, can this be appealed by the lower court?

Background On June 24th, 2020 in a 2 - 1 vote, a Washington appeals court ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to throw out the case against Michael Flynn because both the prosecution and the defense wanted ...
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Answering “Do you have anything to declare?” to customs in the absence of any explanation of the question

On some occasions, when a traveler goes through US customs, there are electronic self-serve kiosks or paper forms with detailed customs questions about what you are carrying (currency, goods, food, ...
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Can a company in Netherlands which has an American parent company hire an Iranian?

Because of the US sanctions, there are many limitations and restrictions on some countries, and these sanctions also affected the people of those countries. I was going to work with a company in ...
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Will the supreme court ruling in favour of LGBTQIA+ protection from discrimination have effect on the 2018 ruling in favour of the bakery in Colorado?

There have been numerous debates about whether religion justifies a reason for refusing to provide service to a group of individuals, but last week, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld in a ...
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Legality of Embedding Games From Other Websites On My Website [duplicate]

Is it legal to embed flash games from other websites on my website? So far I've only embedded open-source games with MIT or similar licenses. What if a game on another website doesn't have any license ...
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Is it legal in USA (FL) to organise tournaments (any sport) among friends, each player putting some money, with 100% going to the winners as a prize?

Is it legal in USA to organize no-profit tournaments (any sport) among friends, with each player putting some money to play, and 100% of the total pot goes to the winner (and possibly second/third ...
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Do favors by friends and family create a monetary debt?

If someone has a business and has a favor done to help out with the business, by a spouse, other relative, or just a friend. Can the favor-doer later-on sue the business owner for money for it? I'm ...
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Does or should a prosecutor in the US interview the victim and the suspect, if they are physically available, to file charges?

Does a prosecutor ought to interview the victim if physically available and the suspect if physically available to file criminal charges (in the US)?
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Legality about recovering deceased relative online account

In the case of a deceased relative, is there any law violation in any of these circumstances in relation to an online account (let's say google, facebook, twitter, msn, etc)? Countries interested: USA,...
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How to calculate currency conversion for USA consumption tax (sales tax) reporting

I have been told, that an overseas company selling in USA need to collect consumption tax and pay it back to US. However, our company is going to charge our customers in Australian dollars. Thus, to ...
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Can a discrimination act be a charge filed by a prosecutor?

Can a discrimination, e.g. based on gender, race or age, charge be filed by a prosecutor or a prosecutor's office in the US?
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Knives out - inheritance

In the movie Knives Out (2019) there is a specific type of inheritance. The old milionare bequested all of his property to his nurse, instead of giving it to his family. My question is : Could he ...
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Can a leasor defer signing the lease agreement until the lessee actually moves in?

I have just signed a new lease. The leasing agent says they countersign my lease after I move in. I still have a few days before I move in. Is this common/legal? Does it not expose the lessee to some ...
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Can a man have invasive medical procedures forced on him during a paternity dispute?

If a woman has a man's child and does not acknowledge him as the father, can she later force the man to give blood as to prove him the father (If she for instance decides his money is good enough ...
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Can a woman deny a man information on what stands on a potential child of his birth certificate?

If a man request information on whether he has been legally declared the father of a child by a mother, can the woman deny him this information? Talking about US jurisdictions.
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Why does the US law sometimes mention numbers in both digits and letters?

Why does the US law sometimes mention numbers in both digits and letters? E.g. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CFR-2012-title8-vol1/pdf/CFR-2012-title8-vol1-sec316-5.pdf: Absences from the ...
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How to change of school as a foreign student to another school if the previous Change of Status hasn't been adjudicated yet in the United States

How could a student that has filled for a change of status to a F-1 visa, but whose change of status hasn't been adjudicated yet, transfer to a different school with a new I-20? I heard that we can't ...
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What are my obligations when a merchant ships me the purchased item and issues a refund?

I recently ordered a large (80-pound, big box) and expensive ($300-400) piece of equipment via Amazon from a third party. After a week I was told the item was out of stock and they were canceling the ...
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Alternative to supplying extensive personal ID to have a fraudulently opened account closed

I recently received an email outlining an order for an Internet service to a US mainland address from a US-based service provider. The order included an account number, order number and a street ...
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In the USA can a child legally authorize a search of a residence he lives in?

Let's say the police want to search a location they don't have a warrant to search and don't believe the owner of the property would consent to a search. So they wait until the owner has left and ask ...
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Are there any protections or policies people do differently in case of a large scale police walkout?

Recently Atlanta has begun a police walkout, in which the police in certain zones are no longer able to respond to the majority of calls. In case something like this happens where I live, are there ...
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What laws govern the release of police reports in the U.S.?

I have read conflicting information regarding police reports being or not being public records. A lot of people talk about how they are available to anyone. Some other sources deny this. For example ...
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record a meeting?

I am a professor, and I'd like to record our department meetings (audio and video). We have someone taking minutes at the meeting, but recently there have been disagreements about what was really said,...
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Does allowing a police officer into your house implicitly waive your Fourth Amendment rights?

Suppose a police officer knocks on your door and tells you there was a robbery in the neighborhood and asks if he can ask you some questions about it, but really what he wants is to collect evidence ...
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What is the deal with software copyright?

This is sort of a large range of questions but please explain. Also keep in mind that the only thing I will be doing is using software. I am wondering first about copyright in free software. If I make ...
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Does expedited removal apply to aliens presenting an Advance Parole document?

Under INA 235(b)(1)(A)(i), an arriving alien can be placed into expedited removal proceedings only if they are inadmissible due to fraud or misrepresentation or if they do not possess the required ...
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Why is it such a big deal in the USA if anyone touches you, ever so slightly?

Note: I'm not talking about Corona/whatever. I've noticed, in numerous videos and other contexts, that Americans go "bananas" if somebody happens to physically touch them in public, or be on the ...
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Is an employer rule mandating face coverings on their grounds enforceable even when employee is off work?

My employer (a private college in the US state of Maine) has a new rule mandating face coverings for employees, including in outdoor settings on their campus. The campus is open to the public to enjoy ...

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