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How much is intentionality relevant to specific crime(s) in the US?

Let's say, person A who is not fluent in English, calls somebody else (B) by a derogatory or racist name or names, which might generally fall under some law restricting such speech (eg. hate speech) ...
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Would a confession obtained via Wonder Woman's Magic Lasso be admissible in US court, or any court?

There's a scene in Justice League (the movie from 2017) where a policewoman is taking down the stories of three criminals who are wrapped in in Wonder Woman's magic Lasso. The Lasso does a couple of ...
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criminal v. civil litigation what are the differences

hypothetically speaking Someone is in civil litigation and the defendant says that their actions are justified because the plaintiff committed a crime and the civil judge dismisses the civil ...
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Cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US)

I am looking for cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US). I am particularly interested in borderline cases (i.e. cases where ...
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What happens if my spouse won't attend court for divorce procedure?

Going through divorce process with my wife, she signed the notice and acknowledgment of receipt but she refuse to attend divorce proceedings, arguing that the documents I filled using online divorce ...
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Does US federal law prohibit the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription, and if so, according to which provision?

What specific provision in US federal law, if any, prohibits the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription? I've had a lot of trouble finding the answer to this question, ...
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Does my phone company have the right to charge me later for a service that I never requested?

I have a phone service that charge a flat rate every month providing 30GB data at high speeds and then unlimited data at 2G. Now I noticed that as I finished my 30GB data quota, the company never ...
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What would happen if an illegal immigrant's country of citizenship can't be established?

Imagine a person is detained for being an illegal immigrant in the US, fully admits it, and makes zero attempt to contest their deportation. However, this person refuses to state what country they're ...
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What happens to somebody returning from ISIS, who did not commit crimes inside ISIS?

Individual people from American or European countries have joined ISIS over time. Such a person may decide to returns home. If it was never recognized that the person had the intention to join ISIS,...
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USA - Can business deny service to individuals who have views on a protected class?

This question is probably a bit broad, but on what basis is an individual's views taken into consideration whether they should be provided service from both brick and mortar/websites? For instance, ...
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Are parolees required to report major changes of appearance?

This question is primarily about the United States, Oregon if a specific state is needed. Generally, parolees gain their parole only under a certain set of obligations that they must follow, a common ...
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Does USA have a law similar to GDPR that gives you the right to a copy of the information a religious organization has on you?

For some background: the EU "Data Protection Directive" is a European Union directive which regulates the processing of personal data within the European Union, as explained in this Wikipedia article. ...
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Does the US Executive Order 13884 (August 5, 2019) target the Property of the Government of Venezuela only or of all Venezuelans?

Does the US Executive Order 13884 (August 5, 2019) (mirror) target the Property of the Government of Venezuela or of all Venezuelans? https://helpx.adobe.com/la/x-productkb/policy-pricing/executive-...
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Service of Process to the Deceased

Hypothetically speaking; One party to a lawsuit is dismissed. A year later Notice of Appeal if filed and service of same is sent to the dismissed party via standard mail. Then a month later the ...
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Is a list of the most common English words copyrightable under US law?

I am currently interested in doing some research performing various measurements and algorithms on the most common words in the English language. I have found a few good word lists online that would ...
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How to start the “streamlined procedure” with the IRS?

I am a USA expatriate. I just learned about the IRS requirement to file tax returns no matter where you live. After some research, it seems the way forward is that I enter the "streamlined procedures" ...
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How can a company compel a W2 employee to sign a non-compete agreement?

Assume the company is in Delaware and been taken over by a larger corporation: If one already has the job, is it possible to for the larger corporation to compel existing employees to sign non-compete ...
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How can you enforce repayment of a loan with no due date?

Suppose you loan someone money with an informal but written agreement. No due date is specified. You know they have since obtained a large sum of money, and could pay you back immediately. However, ...
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Copying job ads from top brands

Is it illegal to copying job posting from top brand's websites ie: Facebook, Google, Amazon, TCS, Tesla, SpaceX etc? Such brands always post open job position: Is it illegal to spider/crawl or ...
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GDPR on Proxy Users

I believe I have a good overall understanding about the GDPR legislation, in terms of what needs to be protected, etc... My questions here are about the scope of GDPR. Does GDPR apply to people who: ...
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Car parked at my residence was made dirty by neighbouring building construction: can I get compensated?

My car parked at my residence was made dirty by some neighbouring building construction. Can I get compensated in some way (e.g., paying for car wash)? I live in California, USA.
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Is it good legal strategy to consider public opinion (USA)?

I read an article in which the police asked for information about a motorist. The motorist had run a motorcycle off the road, although after the motorcyclist decided kick their passenger side door. ...
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Cyclic definition of “US Person” by the IRS

The IRS classifies taxpayers into categories of "US Person" and "Foreign Person" based on their immigration status. However, the definition appears to be cyclical: According to the IRS: The term ...
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Who is responsible for environmental clean up?

Suppose you bought a property that had serious environmental problems (lead, gasoline, etc.). An environmental authority calls you on it and orders you to clean it up. Can you shift part of the cost ...
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Landlord changed the locks but is demanding rent

Hello and thanks in advance! I was/am in a two-year lease on a house in Denver, CO. I found a new apartment and submitted a 60-day notice to vacate. A friend picked up a package on the last day of the ...
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Hold Harmless-Want on half of LLC and NOT self

I recently applied to a position to teach yoga, as an independent contractor. I have formed an LLC, and now the gym would like me to sign a hold harmless agreement. I want to make sure the LLC is ...
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Is it legal to OWN a machete in New Jersey? (Decor purposes only)

I bought a machete online about 2 hours ago because I thought it looked cool and I figured it would be nice to display it on my wall. I have no intentions to carry it, use it for illegal purposes, or ...
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Can the US Senate disqualify a former President?

In summary, the answer to "Can a US President, after impeachment and removal, be re-elected or re-appointed?" was "Yes, unless the Senate votes by simple majority to add the penalty of ...
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Can an employer require employees to cash a check?

In Arizona, United States, can an employer require an employee to cash a check? This might be useful, as if an employer writes a check for labor/services rendered, the employer has an unfulfilled ...
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What Supreme Court cases, other than Nixon v. United States, have directly applied or interpreted U.S. Const. Art. I, Section 3, Clause 6?

Background Impeachment in the United States is mostly handled by the legislative branch alone. Hence the Courts have not typically applied restrictions or said much about impeachment other than Nixon ...
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Parsing definition of “urgent concern” under 50 U.S.C 3033?

Can someone help validating my parsing of a legal definition of "urgent concern" in the cited section. If a complaint is not related to a intelligence activity, does it qualify as an intelligence ...
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State of Legal Residence - is this person filing taxes right?

I have a friend who left home at 18 to join the Marines. He used his parents' address for mail. He then worked for various overseas companies (doing oil related things) and continued to use his ...
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Converting a motion to dismiss to a motion for summary judgment under FRCP Rule 12(d)

This question concerns Rule 12(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: "Result of Presenting Matters Outside the Pleadings. If, on a motion under Rule 12(b)(6) or 12(c), matters outside the ...
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Is there a difference between a “thing of value” and a “thing of benefit” to a political campaign?

There is currently a number of claims being made, on cable tv, stating that information can be considered an in-kind contribution to a political campaign because it benefits the campaign and because ...
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Is there a law that requires schools and doctors to provide records to a parent with legal custody

In the United States, I have joint legal custody of children but not physical. Children's mother has convinced school and family doctor to withhold all records. Is there a specific law that says ...
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What is “assignee of record”?

I see "Assignee of Record" in some forms associated with small-claims in California, i.e. https://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/sc130.pdf. What is Assignee of Record?
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In the US has anyone ever been prosecuted on the state/federal level after being pardoned on the other level?

As I understand it, assuming that an individual's actions violated both state and federal laws, there is nothing legally preventing a state for prosecuting an individual for the crime after the ...
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Evicting My Domestic Partner from an Illegal Basement Apartment

I own a single family house in Queens, NY. I have an illegal basement apartment where my ex (legal domestic partner) has lived for 3 years to share care of our dogs. One of the dogs recently died and ...
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Were there any broken laws, unlawful orders or violation of rights during this traffic stop?

Here is a video of a traffic stop in Sacramento, California. Questions: Did the police or the detainee break any laws? Did the police issue any unlawful orders? In particular, was the order to roll ...
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Is there a law restricting unit overlap when transferring apartments?

Recently while contemplating moving to a larger unit in my apartment complex I was told I was expected to move everything in a single day, and when asking for some more overlap time (a week) was told ...
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how can a creditor prepare for someone's bankruptcy?

My brother's lawyer has recommended he file for bankruptcy, and he owes me a considerable amount of money. I wanted to know what steps I can take now to protect my interests. The majority of the ...
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Airport Security - advanced check, 4th amendment breach

I am a traveller, have a long Muslim name and I encounter frequent advanced searches at airports. Searching someone based solely on their name is obviously illegal as per the 4th amendment, but I ...
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Declining Binding Arbitration of credit cards and banks (after sign up)

Recently Chase was making a change to its user agreement and was automatically assuming your consent to abide by binding arbitration unless you opted out explicitly by sending them a snail mail with a ...
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Endangered species products

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 forbids the trade of products derived from animals and plants defined as endangered tautology seems the only way to state this. However, products created before ...
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Do I have to take the US Census Bureau - Commerce Economics And Statistics Administration census

I have received a few letters/forms by snail mail asking for my response to a census. The letter noted that it would help the policy making and identification of resources because I was careful picked ...
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What to do when falsely accused of retail stealing?

My mom & I have always had a bad relationship. When she found out I was shopping at a new local boutique in which the owner was her previous rival fellow employee. She went into that store and ...
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Does the app TikTok violate trademark?

TikTok, previously known as Musical.ly, is a for-profit app that runs on IOS and Android which allows it's users to upload short videos at includes a backtrack. The app was launched in 2017. Kesha ...
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What laws would be broken if a university professor accepted money in exchange for better grades?

Suppose a student in an ordinary university offered $100 to his professor (or Teaching Assistant) in exchange for a five percentage point improvement in his grade. Suppose the professor/TA accepted it ...
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Can a landlord insist on late fee for payment mailed but not recieved

A residential tenant has an arrangement by which the tenant's bank automatically issues and mails a rent check to the landlord by US mail 3 days before the rent is due. This arrangement has been in ...
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Can video of a person's permission to take video make the video legal?

Let's say I'm in someone's home, recording people with a video camera. Later, one of the people I recorded claims that I didn't get their permission, and that therefore, it was illegal to record them, ...