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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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Is there any chance I could get in legal trouble if I respond to a job rejection email like this?

“Good morning, Thank you for your application for our Entry Level Sales Position. We appreciate your interest in joining our company (NO YOU DON'T, OR YOU WOULD HAVE HIRED ME), and we are pleased that ...
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What happens if SCOTUS issues a ruling that contradicts a State Supreme Court, which itself upheld a District Court ruling?

Maybe it's obvious, but I'm asking this question in the context of the potential SCOTUS review of the Colorado Supreme Court ("CSC") ruling which upheld the Denver District Court's ("...
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What state does a web hosting service get sued in?

Bob uses a web hosting service. He has a dispute over a bill and did not get a customer service solution. Bob wants to take the web hosting service to small claims. The terms of service state: This ...
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Does re-implementing a software API violate copyright?

Company A sells a software services. To promote adoption, it publicly documents the programmable interface. Company B develops a competing software servic implementing the same interface (but blackbox ...
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Are "Plex servers" as they seem to be commonly used actually illegal?

There's a piece of software called "Plex" that basically lets you operate your own private streaming service. You load it up with music and video files, and then you can connect to it from ...
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In two-party recording consent states, is intent a factor in determining the legality of a recording?

From what I understand (correct me if I'm wrong), some actions are illegal by themselves, while others are only illegal if they are accompanied by "intent". e.g. (in the U.S.) Filling out ...
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HIPAA release form for travel insurance

This is all USA related. I'm filing a claim to cover my medical expenses that happened on a trip abroad. Some related expenses happened in the US after I got back. The insurance company sent me an &...
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“Innocent until proven guilty” literally?

Some years ago, a police officer named Derek Chauvin was found guilty of 2nd degree murder of George Floyd. He received a sentence of about 20 years. At the time it was reported that had he been a ...
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Work-for-hire unpaid: who owns the IP?

Suppose X is a software developer, the only employee of sole proprietor Y. The contract is oral, "build an app like (famous app), earn $wage per week". Laws breached by this are outside the ...
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Introducing evidence into trial in the US

How does one introduce evidence into trial? Do all pieces of evidence have to be introduced into trial before trial starts? Can I bring additional evidence on the day of the trial and introduce it on ...
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USA - can police be criminally charged with false imprisonment for a retaliatory arrest?

For example, say a police officer arrests someone for giving them the finger. As I understand it this action is protected under the first amendment. Can any criminal charges be brought against an ...
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Do you need consent when taking a screenshot during a video conference?

In a state that has "all party consent" laws when it comes to recording conversations, does taking a screenshot during a video conference (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, etc.) require consent from ...
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Are federal employees bound to report fraud and cyber crime they've been made aware of?

To what degree are federal employees of the executive branch (such as members of the FBI, CISA, NSA, and CIA) bound by law or otherwise to report illegal activities pertaining to tech crimes, fraud (...
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Which type of attorney should I consult for a complex case involving employment, contract, and IP law?

This question concerns another Stack Exchange question: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/195267/agreement-made-at-hire-is-unenforceable-due-to-a-technicality-employer-refuses What type of ...
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Can the President counter Mayorkas' impeachment with a pardon?

For as long as I can remember impeachment was something you did to a president. Mayorkas' impeachment came as a surprise. Assuming President Biden was so inclined, could he pardon Mayorkas? Would that ...
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Is it criminal trespass for a person who is otherwise allowed access to property to violate the owner's policy?

I have found myself wondering about this while looking at online discussion of the recent incident in which a US Senate staffer (allegedly) taped himself having sex with someone else in a ...
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Why does a highschooler (in the US) who has turned 18 still need to have liability waivers signed by parents?

This is assuming that the waiver pertains to a school activity like a field trip.
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Can an animal commit copyright infringement?

Suppose Bob has a parrot who has learned a song from listening to the radio. If the parrot presses a button on Bob's computer to start a Livestream (or record a video) and records itself singing a ...
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Does US courts' application of the "political questions doctrine" to breach of international conventions not itself breach them?

The US is a party to the 1948 genocide convention (full text here), and is obligated by it not to support genocide, and, in fact, to act to prevent genocide. It has also codified the convention into ...
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Can a Japanese Company sue another Japanesse Company in US Court?

The company Pocketpair recently released a game that many allege violates Nintendo's IP rights. My friends and I were discussing the situation when I brought the Idea-Expression Dichotomy, a feature ...
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What stops Musk from changing Tesla's incorporate location to find judges that would rule in his favor

Recently, a judge in Delaware ruled in favor of shareholders and blocked Elon Musk's compensation package. Later, Elon Musk said he would try to incorporate Tesla in Texas: "Tesla and Mr. Musk ...
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Is there any point where failure to enforce a law would result in the law being invalidated?

(Note: I am not a marijuana user. I'm just asking to learn about legal principles.) For example, the current situation with marijuana is that it is legal in some states, but it is still federally ...
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Would the Guillotine be considered "cruel and unusual"?

History of the Guillotine In the first days of the French Revolution, the staunch advocate for the abolition of the death penalty Joseph-Ignace Guillotin was unsuccessful in getting the assembly to ...
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TEFCA: Do providers have to give individuals fast electronic access to their health data?

TEFCA creates a network of providers who service health information requests. The Sequoia Project's documentation on required flow-down provisions asserts: "Participants and Subparticipants may ...
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