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If a USA citizen marries a foreign citizen who has a kid from a previous marriage

I have a niece who is divorced and we want her to get rehabilitated and one possibility is that she may marry a USA citizen. She has a 11-year-old son from a previous marriage. I looked in Google ...
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Do companies violate California labour law by not giving uninterrupted 10 minute breaks for each 4 hours of interviews?

In the software engineering industry, it's very often that the final stage of the interview is an onsite in California, where you spend a minimum of 3.5h doing the interviews; expenses are normally ...
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Is it legal to wear human skin?

Can human skin or parts that is legally obtained be worn as jewelery or clothing in public? What about having a dehydrated body in your bar?
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Is it illegal in the United States for a journalist to take photographs of a letter of correspondence with a foreign official?

This was inspired by this question asked on Politics.SE here: https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/42357/can-a-us-president-have-someone-sent-to-prison and the linked incident: https://www....
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Assessments for Condo [closed]

Seller said no assessments and within 6 mo I had an 8700.00 roofing assessment. I tried calling the Management company but she never returned my call . Do I have a legal recourse to go after them? ...
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If a security guard wrongly physically stops you, is that assault?

Suppose you are a law-abiding citizen, but a security guard wrongly thinks you stole something from a store. Without warning, the guard physically restrains you. Could you press charges for assault? (...
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Which supersedes the other, laws or treaties?

The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution states that the Constitution, laws and treaties are the supreme law of the land. Obviously, the Constitution supersedes both laws and treaties, but which ...
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How do fast food chains get away with selling fake chicken?

Subway chicken only about 50% meat, according to Canadian study What's in your chicken sandwich? (Subway's "chicken" is 50% chicken, and Wendy's is 88%. The rest is non-meat additives) Subway ...
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Would working for a marijuana distributor remotely from outside of a legal state be open me to criminal charges?

I saw a job opening for a software developer position working in the marijuana industry. This is a job where I would not be directly handling or distributing marijuana. The company would be based in a ...
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Taking Leads from a Company I quit

If Im a 1099 (independent contractor) at a cash advance firm and I left (quit). Can I take the leads I sorted through and became "my list" and take those leads and start my own merchant cash advance ...
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Can I serve my ex spouse an eviction notice before he signs a quitclaim deed?

My divorce is finalized and I was awarded the house. Obviously I will need to refinance it and pay him his share of the equity to get the deed solely in my name, which will take time. My ex is ...
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Is Sword and a Shield a doctrine in the US?

I'm working on a complaint to US federal agencies. One of the arguments I need to make is, a company cannot use existing laws or policies or instruments as both a sword and a shield. That is, they ...
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What is the distinction between “reduce” and “suspend” in the context of government action?

I am curious about the distinction between the term "reduce" and "suspend" in the context of government action, specifically as to whether or not the term reduce would require permanence. For example: ...
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Apart from trademark protection, what kind of intellectual property protection may logos have according to US law?

Apart from trademark protection, what kind of intellectual property protection may logos have under US law? Could a logo be considered a graphical "work", therefore copyrightable? If it could, how? ...
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American citizenship that got lost in the family

I am a non-American individual and think I have a right for American citizenship. The father of my grandma (dead) was American (he was born there), but my grandma (alive) did not get citizenship for ...
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Does the federal government have authority to impose tax laws at the state level?

I was reading IRS Stops Attempt To Bypass Trump Tax Law, MD Lawsuit Continues. The article states: ... The IRS said Tuesday that states cannot bypass a $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) ...
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How can the US president give an order to a civilian?

I remember reading that the US president can give an order to a civilian via some special letter. (The example given involved an IT company employee ordered to install a back-door in the company's ...
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Does downloading a ROM put me in legal trouble? [closed]

I am misled on the legal doctrine for ROMs. I am aware that I am using the word ROM, not emulator, because I am aware of the difference. My research has shown that one for sure way of being in legal ...
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What countries blindly protect their own citizens from extradition?

I was surprised to learn (in the background for the recent protests) that a Hong Kong resident can murder someone in Taiwan and go back to Hong Kong with no consequences (by the way, the murderer is ...
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Does preventing a murder justify breaking a “No Trespassing” law?

If I see a "No Tresapssing" sign on a house door, but I hear screems for help from inside. The window was left open by mistake and I see a big guy beating an unarmed man and getting ready to kill him. ...
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Traffic citation [closed]

So I forgot to turn my headlights on one night and got pulled over. He gave me a warning for the headlights but I didn't have my proof of insurance so I got a traffic citation for that and I went to ...
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Are you disobeying a lawful order to stop if you're already fleeing?

This is frankly quite a silly and obviously hypothetical question. Could you be charged with disobeying a lawful order assuming you are already breaking that order? Realistically, if you are fleeing ...
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Are Jurors informed about jurry Nullification [duplicate]

Are jurors in US criminal trials informed that they can rule contrary to the law as given by the Judge (aka "jury nullification") by the judge or by any official source? What happens when juries do "...
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Are jurors ever told about jury nullification in the US? If not, why not?

It seems that if jury nullification is a right, then jurors should be told about it.
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Can Landlord Make Changes To Apartment Fee Policy In A Memo?

I'm running into some difficulty with the new property manager for my apartment complex in Washington state. I broke one of the rules that weren't ever enforced in the past five years I lived here. I ...
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Is it legal to prosecute someone for ulterior motives in the US?

Suppose someone does something you don't like but isn't illegal. Can you (a prosecutor) prosecute them for something illegal with probable cause not because of their illegal action but because of the ...
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Value of parts on a totaled car [MO, US]

Suppose I was driving a totaled car and hit by someone, damaging one side mirror. The mirror was in good condition before this accident, although the car was totaled. Can I file a claim against his ...
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Did my rights get violated

I was sitting outside of the Sprint store today while waiting on my step daughter to come out.while I was sitting there I noticed that a guy that worked at the store came out looked at my car while ...
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Is This Parental Leave Policy Compromise Legally Sound? [closed]

Locality: United States - Kentucky I work for a small (<10 employees) accounting business. The owner recently promoted me to an HR-equivalent position to handle internal payroll and time off, and ...
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Is abuse during custodial interrogation grounds for suppression?

I assume that a custodial interrogation that involved the use of "torture" would be suppressed by any U.S. court. But I can't find a law that clearly defines custodial practices that would constitute ...
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Is making a public comment about a girl's breasts illegal?

From a Washington Post's article about Columbine HS: A similar event happened at a Columbine wrestling match at Arvada High School. Pyne, "in front of everyone," said Harwick, broadcast to all ...
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When can you no longer submit evidence in a civil case?

I was wondering if there was a point in a civil case where parties are no longer allowed to submit evidence, to my understanding all evidence is submitted at a pretrial, and after that it is ...
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How do free-speech protections in the United States apply in public to corporate misrepresentations?

Last night, I was driving behind a truck that had a very official-looking sign like this: (Sign says, "WARNING STAY BACK 200 FT. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BROKEN WINDSHIELDS!") Some cursory Googling ...
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I was banned from a roller rink for something I didn’t say

I was accused of using profanity to an employee at a roller rink when I never called her names. The owners daughter told me “You’re banned forever!” Can I still show up if she’s not the owner?
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MMA Fighter knowingly slays their opponent with a legal hit, is it manslaughter

In an american MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) sanctioned match, one fighter executes a newly created technique, we'll call it the "five-point palm exploding heart technique" upon their opponent. Said ...
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Is it illegal to make a puppy fur jacket?

I watched 101 Dalmatians for the first time and wander: Can dogs or cats be raised like farm animals for the purpose of food or fur? What species of animal is not allowed for product other than ...
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Does one-way written communication bear legal standing?

This question is based on this question over on Workplace SE. I am neither the OP of that question nor in any way related to the OP, I'm asking this question out of personal curiosity. In brief, the ...
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Municipal Court Remand New Jersey Help

Imagine a disorderly charge for a first-time offender who pleaded guilty. The defendant appealed the case and was granted a remand.The defendant now has a charge on his record for disorderly conduct, ...
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Can I fly a rocket of any size with just an FAA waiver?

Can I fly a rocket of any size with just an FAA waiver? Could I fly a rocket on an orbital trajectory, like the SS-520? (Although for that I realize there are FCC and NOAA licenses on the satellites.)...
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Can either party in a Civil Case ever be forbidden from appealing?

When appealing a civil case either side may appeal the verdict as written by uscourts.gov: Civil Case Either side may appeal the verdict. Now I know an apellate court can sometimes deny an ...
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Can a juror be held in contempt if he/she sexually harasses another juror during a trial?

During a trial, if a juror complains to a judge that another juror has been sexually harassing her/him either inside or outside of the courtroom, can the judge hold this accused juror in contempt of ...
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How come the nude protesters were not arrested?

I read today about the Anti-Censorship Activists in New York (Warning! NSFW pictures inside link) who protested against Facebook while being totally nude out in the street. I'm also pretty sure ...
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Is there a standard end of lease time in Washington?

I live in Seattle, and my lease is up soon, however it doesn't specify what time of day we have to be out of the unit, as my previous leases have. I reviewed the RCW and local law, but could find no ...
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What constitutional laws support a leader overriding his Congress? [closed]

In other words, what thoughts regarding freedoms and rights from the founders of a nation support a leader taking supreme power over its Congress? I guess I'm asking, what's the point of having a law-...
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Legal to create a backup of website that is shutting down?

Is it illegal for me to create a backup of a website that is shutting down, including all assets, etc., and host it on my website?
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Is it illegal to reference other brands in an app for profit?

Simply put, I'm developing a 'social' app centered around similar interests in brands (specifically restaurants). The main function of the app has users add restaurants to a 'shareable favorites list' ...
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What is the legal term for coerced indecent acts (not including rape)?

Say that a person were coerced into performing indecent acts of a sexual nature, such as nudity, masturbation, oral sex, etc. If intercourse occurs, that would be classified as "rape". What would the ...
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Who is eligible to attend US public high schools?

A teen who's a US citizen grew up and studied in a foreign country. He wants to return to US. Would he be eligible to attend public high school in the US (grade 10-12)? He isn't paying US tax (his ...
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Can the plaintiff in a civil case change the requested damages after the defendant has already been served the summons?

I have a very oddly specific situational question; In a civil lawsuit where a plaintiff is attempting to gain a sum of money from the defending party, is the plaintiff and their counsel allowed to ...
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Is it legal to make money off a youtube downloader or similar unofficial YouTube service?

There are many online services that let one download the audio and video from YouTube videos. Is it legal for the owners of such services to make money off these services, for example, to charge per ...