Questions tagged [united-states]

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Can a legally sentenced but escaped offender be legally executed by a drone attack?

Imagine the fictional situation: someone (e.g. a U.S. citizen) commits a capital offense, he is arrested and legally sentenced to death. Then he somehow escapes. His hiding place is discovered, and ...
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Why are drug using celebrities free?

I never understood how come celebrities, such as Charlie Sheen, are able to roam free while they're known for using illegal drugs. Can anyone explain this to me? I can provide many more examples if ...
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Is there a restriction on who can inherit your wealth?

Is there a restriction on who can inherit your wealth? For example, I doubt that you can donate money to the Taliban if you're a U.S. citizen, so I am wondering if the American laws specify what those ...
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What happens to the debt owed due to taxes when living abroad if you renounce your American citizenship?

What happens to the debt owed due to taxes when living abroad if you renounce your American citizenship? Does the debt get cancelled or not? I heard that U.S. citizens living abroad don't have to pay ...
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Is there a minimum elapsed time required before a classified document can become declassified in the U.S.?

Is there a minimum elapsed time required before a classified document can become declassified in the U.S.? I am wondering if any classified document can become unclassified at any time or not. I am ...
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Can someone Legally Require me to give an Item back to them (A Computer) [closed]

I was recently given a computer, so I could perform certain tasks from my home. The computer is worth around $4200 and I have roughly $600 of my own money in it along with my Time/Labor to build the ...
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Movie footage and fair use for a video review

Thousands of people review movies daily on services such as YouTube. Most of these are by independent, unfunded individuals. So, I doubt those individuals have permission from movies' copyright ...
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Is the Wilhelm scream copyrighted?

The Wilhelm scream originated in a 1951 movie called Distant Drums. Since then, it has become a ubiquitous sound effect used in countless movies, TV shows, and video games. It seems to me that a movie ...
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Am I allowed to opt out ADA privileges if my doctor allows it?

I’m on ADA. My employer allowed me not to take the Covid vaccine and instead take weekly test for Covid as a reasonable accommodation. I’m receiving a treatment, and my doctor says if it goes well, he ...
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Is employer obligated to provide an option to “opt out from existing ADA privileges” to keep the job?

My employer mandates vaccines for Covid. I have a medical exception. My doctor says there is a 50/50% chance I will have horrible consequence from vaccine based on my medical history. My doctor does ...
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Contractor liability (in U.S.)

Say that you enter into an agreement with a contractor to fix something in your house. He assures you there won't be any repercussions until he can get to it in a couple of days, but before he comes ...
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Are there any US laws that correspond to Proverbs 3:27,28,29, or 30?

Proverbs 3 27 - Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. 28 - Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already ...
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Did Texas and other US states actually execute people with intellectual disabilities just because they were disabled?

I have many times heard how Southern US states used to (or maybe still do) execute intellectually disabled people. I always thought that this sounded crazy, because I assumed that they did this solely ...
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Chase accounts closing due to fraud from joint account with sibling. Will I get my money back in the other accounts?

I helped my sister open a bank account through my own chase account years ago. It never occurred to me that anything that took place on her account would effect me. She was recently involved in a scam ...
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Trademark - USPTO requirement

Just heard back from USTPO and they wanted examples of the mark in use in software screenshots, at the download store, etc -- which are no-brainers. Question is, can you have the (R) in the mark, or ...
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Which military ranks in the U.S.A. can be held by non-citizens?

Which military ranks in the U.S.A. can be held by non-citizens? Might it be everyone except commissioned officers?
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Is it legal to get a 3rd booster shot unauthorized by the CDC in the US?

I read that at least 1 million people in the US got 3rd booster shot unauthorized by the CDC. I wonder whether the fact that the booster shot is not authorized by the CDC has any legal ramifications ...
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Can my landlord force me to sign a document that places additional restrictions on my residency without additional consideration?

I'm currently four months into a year long lease and the company that manages my building is asking me to sign a document agreeing to rules that weren't part of the original contract and allows them ...
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Is it legal to refuse to let a student test out of classes in Michigan?

I am an aspiring mathematics student at a public high school in Midland, Michigan. I have studied over the summer 8 AP courses, and filled out a variety of paperwork in advance to test out of these AP ...
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Why was it formerly illegal to use the Swiss coat of arms in the United States?

18 U.S.C. § 708 formerly made the unauthorised commercial usage of the Swiss coat of arms (the white cross on a red field) a criminal offense in the United States. It was repealed this year, but why ...
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Can a couple place mortgages in separate names while sharing funds?

A couple is going to get married next year. They are currently engaged and share funds between each other. The soon-to-be-husband has a mortgage in his name. Can they qualify for special programs for ...
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When is a name other than a legal name considered "inaccurate information" for a Terms of Service?

Some sites may ask for a first and last name or other personal information. Several sites have a condition in their Terms of Service that providing inaccurate information upon registration is not ...
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Can a non-profit organization use a patent without paying a licensing fee if it makes no money on its own invention?

Can a non-profit organization use a patent without paying a licensing fee if it makes no money on its own invention? Let's assume that the company designs a chip based on the x86 architecture and then ...
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Laws without "or else" clause?

I am reading through some of the recent COVID legislation in my state. Specifically, Utah HB1007. In the text, there are "you can't do that" type clauses... e.g. "An institution of ...
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Are mathematics questions copyrightable?

Are math questions copyrightable? I am thinking it is, but to what extent and what are the limitations? Because some question like 2+2 are too basic to be copyrightable, but some other mathematics ...
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What would happen to California’s recall effort if the governor resigned?

In California a recall election of Gavin Newsom is underway. If he resigned during the voting, would the election be called off? Would the Lt. Governor become the Governor? If so, how late into the ...
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Are large banks required to write blueprints on how to break them up in case they go bankrupt in the United States?

Are large banks required to write blueprints on how to break them up in case they go bankrupt? I remember there was a talk about requiring large banks to write blueprint on how to break them up in ...
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Are non-banking companies required to hold in reserve in certain situation?

Banks with more than $124.2 million in net transaction accounts were required to maintain a reserve of 10% of net transaction accounts. Banks with more than $16.3 million to $124.2 million needed to ...
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Do vaccine mandates amount to religious discrimination?

Inspired by this answer, do vaccine mandates amount to religious discrimination? Could a restaurant refuse to serve unvaccinated individuals, even including those with sincere religiously-founded ...
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Can I use a product that already exists to make another product?

In short, I want to start a small internet shop (think like Etsy) that sells an idea I have for a handmade item. Something I would need to make the item is hair dye, and I've done TONS of research and ...
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Could I get the money I paid to park back?

Hypothetical question. I was in Madison, Wisconsin last week. I parked in a municipal lot, paid at the automated kiosk, and got a receipt. When I returned, about 20 minutes before the end of the ...
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Can the Federal government of the United States force all U.S. states to pass a mandatory vaccination mandate?

Can the Federal government of the United States force all U.S. states to pass a mandatory vaccination mandate? Or do the states have the ability to decide whatever they want to do regardless of what ...
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Can you sue a foreign company in a civil suit even if it doesn't operate within the country in the United States?

Can you sue a foreign company in a civil suit even if it doesn't operate within the country in the United States? Let's say you decide to sue a company headquartered in another country and that only ...
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Is it against the constitution to require restaurants to only serve people with a vaccine certificate in the United States?

I heard that New York is implementing a vaccine certificate for people who want to do certain indoors activities such as going to the cinema, eating and training, so I was wondering if that was ...
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Can you buy a luxury car with cash?

Let's say, hypothetically, you try buying a luxury car or expensive jewelry using cash (100 dollar bills in a bag!). Would that be legal? Will IRS or FBI or anybody come knocking on the door asking ...
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Is there such a thing as minimum wages or labor rights for prisoners in the United States?

Is there such a thing as minimum wages or labor rights for prisoners? I know that slavery is legal in the United States if it involves prisoners, but I am wondering if there are certain rights ...
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Is anyone currently in jail/prison as the result of a private prosecution in the USA?

Private prosecutions are extremely rare but not completely disappeared in the US, and persist in a few states. I want to get a sense of just how rare they are. Is there anyone currently in jail/...
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Analyzing the complaint and answer in federal civil case

I'm interested in understanding how lawyers and judges analyze the pleadings provided in the answer to a civil complaint. Therefore, I'll choose an interesting case I'm not involved in and provide a ...
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Is there a special class of refugee in the United States for climate refugees?

Is there a special class of refugee in the United States for climate refugees? If the United States had to take in climate refugees under what legal class of refugee would they be brought under? ...
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Enforceability of contracts that call for provisions in a will

If Alice and Bob enter into a contract that calls for Bob to put a provision in his will that benefits Alice, and Bob does not put in the provision, would the courts likely uphold the contract after ...
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Is there a time limit for when you can make an appeal to a court's decision in the United States?

Is there a time limit for when you can make an appeal to a court's decision in the United States? Is there a time limit or you can make an appeal 30 years after the case was decided by the court? I am ...
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Can the court consider a child testimony as an evidence even when the interviewer used leading questions?

Can the court consider a child testimony as an evidence even when the interviewer used leading questions? I am wondering if there's any law that force the court to reject child testimony if the ...
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Temporary Theft

If something is legally considered your property and someone knowingly took it without your consent with the intent to return it, say a week or a month later, is this considered theft?
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May I volunteer for an individual?

In the United States, specifically in Norwalk, Connecticut, where I live, may I volunteer for an individual, and may an individual use volunteers? For example, may I volunteer as a personal chef for a ...
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Stock News Letters [duplicate]

If a company publishes a new letters (for a fee) which states which stock to buy this month because they feel the company has very strong growth. Does the company have to be an Registered Investment ...
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What are the ramifications of deepfaking someone's death on screen?

I am a filmmaker, and I have an idea within a film where someone assassinates a well known politician. He isn't an obvious one, so having an actor resemble him will be so-so. However, if I could deep ...
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What constitutes operating or driving within the meaning of statutory offenses?

What constitutes operating or driving within the meaning of statutory offenses? Let's say that you are letting your friend drive your car and you're next to him and allowing him to drive your car ...
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Does any design change in the flag have to be amended by an executive order from the President?

On January 3rd, 1959 Alaska was formally granted statehood placing the 49th star on our Flag. Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars ...
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Can a lawyer question you about your religious beliefs during a trial?

Can a lawyer question you about your religious beliefs during a trial? I've heard that the U.S. census asking about your belief is illegal in the United States. It has been against the law since 1976 (...
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Can you sue a company for lying to you?

Can you sue a company for lying to you? Let's say that you are negotiating a contract for the rights over the Harry Potter franchise, because you wrote it. Does the company that wants to buy the ...