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Is it legal to give someone money when you know they might spend it on bribes?

I've heard that, to escape dangerous regions, refugees sometimes find themselves needing to bribe border officials. This could be because they are legally not supposed to be allowed to leave the state ...
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Must a for-profit corporation use share-based ownership?

Generally, corporations are structured so that ownership is represented by shares, and a person can own any number of shares. Is this structure required by law? Or can corporations be created that use ...
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Filing a motion - does it have to be signed?

If a lawyer wants to file a motion on behalf of his client in criminal case, does the motion have to be signed by client? by the lawyer? both? If so, can it be done electroncially?
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By whom is the Trump "Immunity case" presently stayed

[had been posted to politics.stackexchange.com, but comments there indicated it would be more appropriate here] According to a number of YouTube videos, when a case is appealed to the Supreme Court, ...
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Repercussions from hitting protesters blocking highways

From “What power do I have as a driver if my interstate route is blocked by a protest?”, I understand that intentionally hitting protesters who block the road is considered “Vehicular Misdemeanour”. ...
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Is denial of entry in the US appealable? [duplicate]

Suppose X possesses a valid visa to the US and enter a US port of entry. However at this point a CBP officer determines X to be inadmissible to the US for some reason. Can X appeal this reason to a ...
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Can I legally compell a student to go back to their home country?

Suppose that I am the owner of a fully-owned private company in the USA. I am providing a full scholarship to a student from country X to go to the USA to do a 4-year PhD. Can I add a clause to the ...
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In the Georgia, what is the level of evidence needed to disqualify a prosecutor for impropriety?

Specifically as it relates to the Trump election case in Georgia, what is the bar needed to cause disqualification? Is the appearance of impropriety enough, or does actual impropriety need to be shown?...
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Are there lines of reasoning that can only be introduced into a case via an expert witness?

Say some technical question is important to a court case. One side brings in an expert witness on the subject to testify that the answer is in fact A in their expert opinion. Is the other side allowed ...
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What happens to my software licenses when I die?

If I die, my computer or phone will pass to my estate, and then to my heirs according to my will. What happens to the licenses I held that authorized using the software installed on those devices? ...
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Can assets be protected from sale in bankruptcy by a contract not to sell them?

It is apparently common to not be allowed to resell seeds obtained from growing genetically modified plants, as a condition of having the original seeds sold to you. But one might have several ...
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What do people mean when they say "This Court"?

When reading some old court transcripts, I find that some of the lawyers argue, "This court has found in the past..." What exactly do they mean by "this court"? Are they referring ...
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First time owing taxes. Is it okay to pay in pennies and sign in blood?

I plan on bringing in a satchel full of pennies, a nib-pen to draw my signature and initials over the documents, and a tack to draw blood for the ink. In today's state of personal security, isn't my ...
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Blood taken from a suspect for testing

Consider the following hypothetical situation: A person is arrested and blood is taken from him. In this hypothetical situation, we have: The person who took the blood The person who transported the ...
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Is it legal to count garage as living space

Location: Eustice, Texas I know that depending on jurisdiction it can be possible to convert a garage into a "living space" provided certain requirements are met. My question is about a ...
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Is it permissible for online forums to not delete possibly illegal user content unless ordered by a court?

In the United States, as some related answers point out (like this and this), Section 230 (47 U.S.C. § 230) protects online forum providers from both civil and criminal liability for user content they ...
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Can a US state ban a drug that is approved by the FDA?

The more common scenario nowadays is for a US state to "legalize" a drug that is illegal Federally, namely cannabis. This scenario has been well-researched and it is well-settled that the ...
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Does employment change during divorce proceedings affect spousal support/asset division?

Spouses A and B are divorcing. Divorce started in December 2023. It's a contested divorce, with no settlement, so goes to the judge. There are no dependents to complicate the picture. In the middle of ...
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Is it legal (but maybe "unprecedented") for the prosecution to "judge shop" to re-arrest someone on the same charges?

It's been said that the recent re-arrest of an FBI informant on the same charges is "unprecedented", in particular because it was done by going to a different judge than the original ...
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About that $100k I need to return

Answers to this question link several other Q&As on the theme that if someone accidentally sends you a pile of money, you need to give it back. Fair enough. If someone sends me $100k accidentally, ...
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US presidential succession, illness followed by death

This question is about possible timing difficulties if a US president becomes ill and then dies. Supposing the president becomes suddenly incapacitated and it is necessary to invoke Section 4 of the ...
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In Washington, DC, when a yearly lease becomes month-to-month, how much notice must a landlord (with intent to sell) give to the tenant?

I am living in an apartment in Washington, DC for which I had a year-long lease, beginning in December 2022, so the lease was up in December 2023. At this time I informed my landlord that I would like ...
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Would it be constitutional for a US state or the federal government to ban all homeopathic "medications"?

Would it be constitutional for a US state or the federal government to prohibit the sale of homeopathic "remedies"?
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Cause of Action References to Penal Code and Violation of Civil Code in a Complaint Filed in the US

If a complaint contain multiple cause of actions (e.g., one cause of action references to the Penal Code, and another cause of action references to violation of Civil Code), is this a civil or ...
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Does paying a holder of public office to resign constitute bribery?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2024/02/19/john-oliver-clarence-thomas-supreme-court/72662536007/ TV personality John Oliver has publicly offered to pay Justice Clarence Thomas to resign ...
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Can YouTube videos count as non-commercial and/or educational for the purpose of fair use?

One of the factors courts consider when determining when use of copyrighted material falls under fair use is whether the use is for “nonprofit educational purposes”. Now, some claim or assume that ...
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Are prisoners who are doing time allowed to act as a lawyer, or to practise law in any capacity?

I was watching the TV series The Rookie and in season 3 episode 8, an inmate called Oscar Hutchinson is allowed out of prison under supervision to help with a case. The suspect is his daughter, ...
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What may a person do with a plant or seed containing patented biotechnology?

Say I go to a shop and buy a plant or a seed that is covered by a patent, perhaps because it contains a patented genetic widget. I don't enter into any particular agreement with anyone, other than to ...
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What is the difference between a judge and a justice?

When reading the news I often notice both the term "judge" and the term "justice" are used for what seems to be the same function. That is, someone who presides over a court. ...
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Why are there numbers before each paragraph in a complaint in the US?

What do these numbers (circled) represent before each paragraph? Why are they here?
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Is it legal to distribute video live-streamed, but where the saved copy was actually accessed from company databases?

A friend of mine recently asked for advice regarding an incident at the place they work. They work at a dog daycare in Pennsylvania which offers a live feed on the cameras. On one of their off days, ...
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It is illegal for an underage person to learn about sexual intercourse?

Can a underage person (under 18 years old) learn about sexual intercourse and activity legally?
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In which parts of the world is it legal for a registered member of one party to run for/hold office as another party?

I learned that Mazi Melesa Pilip, a registered Democrat since 2012 who campaigned to fill George Santos' vacancy ran as a Republican. I was confused since this would have been impossible in my country....
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Consequential damages for copyright infringement?

Many software license agreements (or even terms of sale for physical copies) include prohibitions on reverse engineering as a condition. If I legitimately purchase and install and use the software, I ...
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Are there major advantages to choosing personal injury lawyer from the car accident city?

If a car accident occurs in city X is there major reason to choose a personal injury lawyer from X? Or is it sufficient to be from the same state?
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Neighbor examines (but does not take) mail in my mailbox

In the USA, what laws would apply to a stranger or neighbor who opens my mailbox and looks through my incoming mail, replaces it, and closes my mailbox? He does not take or add anything.
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Can legal action reasonably be taken against someone unsavory for endorsing your product/company?

Advertisers don't want their product/company associated with certain people/content. Which is why a lot of ads don't play on more controversial content (e.g. demonetized videos on Youtube). But what ...
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Arrested in Georgia for a DUI with an out of state drivers license

It is my understanding that if you are arrested for a DUI in Georgia and you have a Georgia driver's license you have to attend a ALS hearing or having your driver's license suspended. Am I right ...
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In california is it legal to record a conversation between you and your doctor?

I know about wiretapping law. But I expect a recording between me and my doctor to be ok to record because I paid for the consultation and I'm paying for what he said. The reason why I want to record ...
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In a two-party-consent state, am I in violation of the law if I place a call on speaker near someone who's recording?

My domicile has cameras placed by my landlord. As far as I know, this is perfectly legal. If I answer a phonecall within the field of view of my landlord's camera, and enable my phone's speaker, am I ...
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What are the similarities and differences between civil settlements and criminal plea deals?

Except for the type of cases in which they are used, settlements and plea deals seem quite similar. In both cases, the two parties reach an agreement, and they avoid the cost and inconvenience of a ...
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How many US supreme court justices are needed to decide to take a case as a function of the number of total justices, and how was that decided?

In CNN's February 10, 2024 Why the Supreme Court may not hear Trump’s immunity appeal, senior legal analyst and former federal prossecutor Ellie Honig says ...but (this is) really important for ...
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Being Arrested for driving under the influence - how accurate is the blood test?

Please consider the following hypothetical situation: Joe is driving in the state of Georgia. He weaving in his land and stopped by a police officer. He is then arrested and his blood is taken. The ...
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When does transmitting something create a copy of it?

If I send a bunch of Internet packets containing the bytes of a copyrighted work to you, privately, is a "copy" of the work being made? And if so, by who? Say we're talking about a song. ...
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Drinking and Driving in Georgia

If a person is convicted of drunk driving (due to an illegal drug in his/her system) in state of Georgia, what is the typical punishment if it is a first time offense? Is jail likely?
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How did a patent claim priority from an earlier patent?

I was looking up the notorious Baer patent on video games and noticed this text: 1969-03-18 Priority claimed from FR6907714A 1971-03-22 Application filed by Sanders Associates Inc ... On the face of ...
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Are restrictions on candidates appearing on a party primary ballot consistent with the First Amendment?

In Trump v. Anderson, the Supreme Court is taking up the questions of whether Donald Trump can appear on the Republican Party primary ballot. This ballot is administered by the State of Colorado, and ...
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Is it legal for a county employee in the the U.S. state of Tennessee to use official department social media accounts to post political messages?

I noticed a recent post from a local county school board's official social media account - authored by the Director of Schools (superintendent equivalent position) - advocating a position in regards ...
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Can you own a copyright of something where no remaining copies exist?

Suppose Bob owns the copyright to a TV show. Unfortunately, Bob isn't very smart, and he keeps the only copy in the world in a warehouse, and the warehouse accidentally burns down. Does this have any ...
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What law could Jack Sweeney have broken in automatically posting public flight information? [duplicate]

It is currently in the news that Taylor Swift is threatening Jack Sweeney with legal action over his use of publicly available data to track the take-offs and landings of planes belonging to the ...
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