Questions tagged [united-states]

For questions specific to the United States as a whole, or that span multiple state jurisdictions. If your question is related to a specific state then you should use that state's tag instead (or as well).

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Misprision of felony by a (potentially) foreign entity

According to USC, 18 U.S. Code § 4. Misprision of felony Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon ...
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Unknown law enforcement

During the current protests, there have been numerous reports of unknown/unidentified law enforcement personnel. Do these people have to show credentials if asked? If they give orders (without ...
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Is it *ever* illegal to intentionally put a wrong return address on demand letters?

While I was going through some old mail, I discovered that I received two returned letters which were addressed to the same individual. I don't know the individual. The two letters were dated about ...
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If One Files an Official Complaint Against or Sues a University, Is It Retaliation if They Reject Your Application?

I've filed an official complaint against my university, but it was because they wouldn't allow me to retract a grievance that I filed against a professor during an acute mental health episode. ...
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What is the meaning of the “disposed” legal staus in the US?

I am looking at the criminal record of a person and I see there: Defendant: Disposed Disposition: Disposed I've googled it but still didn't get it. Does it mean that the accused person was freed of ...
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What does it mean if your apartment is in two cities at once

I discovered that the border between two cities runs through an apartment that I am renting. There are two official parcels, one in one city (City A) and one in another (City B), they are both in the ...
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Limitations on US DEA

A rather disreputable source, Buzzfeed News, says The DEA is limited by statute to enforcing drug-related federal crimes. But on Sunday, Timothy Shea, a former US attorney and close confidant ...
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Can a game publisher restrict distributing homebrew cards?

Looney Labs' website contains the following (excerpted here; much longer there): Q: Can I make copies of my home-brewed Fluxx (or Chrono, or Nano, etc.) deck to give free to my friends? A: ...
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Can you be compelled to testify in English?

This is inspired by this question. Assume that a person has been subpoenaed to testify in a case (either civil or criminal – the person is not the defendant or a party in the case), and the person ...
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Legal issues regarding a recent Amazon purchase

I have purchased a book on Amazon and it was shipped to me. On the front page of the book, it clearly stated: Circulation of this edition outside the Indian subcontinent is UNAUTHORIZED. I live ...
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Certificate of Service for Colorado Notice To Quit

When serving a tenant with a Colorado Notice To Quit, must the Certificate Of Service of the Notice be notarized, either before or after serving the tenant?
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Is there protocol for US police officers for handling a fellow cop that is using excessive force?

If I'm a police officer in the United States and my partner is restraining a suspect with an excessive or otherwise out-of-protocol use of force, what am I legally allowed to do to stop him?
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What regulations specify the loan and what regulations specify the credit under US law?

What is a difference between loan and credit in the law system? Let's say US law. What does it mean to grant a loan, use a loan or to have a credit? What regulations describe both credit and loan?
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Do medical staff report wounds from rubber bullets like they do for gunshot wounds?

This question comes from a curious debate I'm in the middle of. Thankfully it's a completely wound-free debate (physically speaking). But I'm not certain if a rubber bullet wound is 'real' gunshot ...
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Why weren't the US Navy and Marines added to the Posse Comitatus Act in 1956?

The Posse Comitatus Act was originally enacted in 1878 to restrict the use of the United States military in many domestic matters. Originally, the act only covered the Army, which doesn't seem ...
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Do existing laws bar cyberprostitution?

Do existing laws bar cyberprostitution? I’m putting this in for Oregon, but I’m also curious about other jurisdictions. There have been numerous advances in “teledildonics." Let’s just say for the ...
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Can an artist take away a unique character that was first visually displayed in a piece of artwork I commissioned from them and paid for?

The artist did not ask me to sign any agreements and neither did I, the artwork was paid for, but after a personal conflict the artist told me they were "revoking" the character the artwork was of. ...
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In the US what is/are the legal definitions of 'workplace'?

According to this online USA guidance many US states give smokers the same sort of anti-discrimination class as for example pregnant mothers or other groups. Most states have some laws that protect ...
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CDA 230 and moderation of subreddits

On the site Reddit anyone can create a "subreddit" to which people can make posts and comments, with the creator of the subreddit being able to moderate posts and comments. Does CDA 230 even apply to ...
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In Los Angeles can I defend my own property against looters?

Currently, there is looting being done in Los Angeles by many people who are pretending to protest against the killing of George Floyd (some others are actually protesting and a few people are helping ...
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I owe rent for a month and my landord is threatening me to move my stuff out of the house

(Note: I know a similar question has been asked but this is slightly different in terms of the agreement and I also have specific location information which might help come up to a better conclusion.) ...
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Is there any law limiting the extent to which one can grow brains in a lab in the United States? (e.g., max number of neurons, synapses, etc.)

Is there any law limiting the extent to which one can grow brains / brain organoids in a lab in the United States (e.g., max number of neurons, synapses, etc.)? E.g. to study brain diseases {1} or add ...
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What happened with daniel hogan´s space dive prosecution?

I just read that the red bull strato project actually was the idea of Daniel Hogan. When he noticed, that red bull wanted to start it years later, he went to court. But what happened then? Was he get ...
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What does it mean to “retain title” (or not) of a patent?

I've already asked a question here about the Public Law 95-517 (The "Bayh-Dole Act"), so thanks to the response there I now have some understanding about this act. But what does it mean if a ...
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Is the US officially not a member of the WHO now?

The USA's President Trump has announced that the country is "terminating our relationship" with the World Health Organization. But I haven't been able to find any information on what the legal ...
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Great Seal of The United States Non-Commercial

Is okay to use the Great Seal of The United States for Non-Commercial use?
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USA: What happens if I do not file form 990 for a nonprofit?

I have a nonprofit that I cannot liquidate because I do not have a US credit card to pay for liquidation. (I paid for another person to liqudate it for me, but Colorado Secretary of State office ...
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What are the limits on the president's power to remove nonimmigrants using INA 221(i) and INA 237(a)(1)(B)?

According to INA 221(i) (8 USC 1201(i)): After the issuance of a visa or other documentation to any alien, the consular officer or the Secretary of State may at any time, in his discretion, revoke ...
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Why would Twitter not be able to flag / annotate / censor any content it sees fit?

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-preventing-online-censorship/ As I understand it, the 1st amendment is to protect 'free speech' from government censorship, not ...
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Is there any limit on how much bonuses can be given before filing for bankruptcy in the United States?

I read on https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/26/investing/hertz-bankruptcy-executive-bonuses/index.html (mirror): Hertz paid out millions of dollars in bonuses to its executives just before its bankruptcy ...
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Multiple payee check/draft and endorsements (UCC)

Assume an insurance company Payor makes out a $40,000 check or draft Payable to the order of parties A and B and C, where C is the mortgage company on the insured property. The back of the check ...
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Copyright limits of a Collective Work

Let's say an organization asks a panel of volunteer judges to select the best short stories of the year. The judges select a set of stories, which are all available for free by a CC-BY creative ...
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Which US states penalize an employer if they withhold taxes for the wrong state for one of the employees?

Which US states penalize an employer if they withhold taxes for the wrong state for one of their employees? (withhold in California, but employee was in a different state: I'm interested in any US ...
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Can a U.S. citizen get into legal trouble if they tip off ICE as to the whereabouts of an illegal immigrant(s)?

I would like to know if a U.S. citizen, especially for those living in California, can face criminal charges from local or state authorities if they contact ICE instead of the local police to report ...
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Could there be legal repercussions to a minor viewing online pornography?

Now of days it's almost impossible to prevent minors from viewing pornography due to how readily available it is online, even ignoring all the ways one can get around porn blocking tools there is ...
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Is it legal in the USA to create sexualized pornography of underage teens if only breasts are displayed?

The federal definition of child pornography and what constituted sexually explicit depictions came up as part of a previous question of mine. Judging from that answer it appears that the definition ...
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California requesting extradition of fugitives from a foreign country

By reading up on the law stackexchange website, I know that for California to seek extradition of any fugitives from a foreign country, it needs to go through the State Department and the Department ...
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Does this Restrictive Covenant apply to new purchasers?

I am considering buying a house. There's a restrictive covenant attached to it that begins as follows (emphasis mine, blanks contain the original husband and wife who were the developers): _____ ...
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Does pleading guilty circumvent the 'corpus delicti' rule?

The corpus delicti rule states, if I understand it correctly, that there must be evidence that a crime occured (other than a confession) before anyone can be convicted of that crime. I have found ...
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Who is responsible when an image was incorrectly published under a permissive license?

Assuming the following: Alice has drawn a painting. Bob has somehow (legally) gotten a photo/copy of this painting, but does not have any additional rights. Bob then goes on to publish this image on ...
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Can you be added to a watch list for asking?

So the federal government (and possibly state and local governments) of the United States of America keep watch lists, for criminals, terrorists, suspects, and sometimes non-criminals. I understand ...
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Could a judge sentence someone who isn't on trial?

A somewhat common TV trope is for a judge to sentence someone who isn't actually on trial - for example, the real culprit bursts into the middle of a trial and confesses, and then the judge says, "In ...
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Can Michigan's attorney general take legal action against Trump for not wearing a mask?

I read from a CNBC news article how Michigan’s attorney general said Trump has a “legal responsibility,” under state law, to wear a mask as a precaution when visiting factories. Trump refuses to wear ...
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Are healthcare service employees required to notify anybody (in general or particular) of a HIPAA violation?

I was notified by one of our patients that they received a "Summary of Today's Visit" in the mail, however, it wasn't their own "Summary of Today's Visit", it was that of another patient. Knowing ...
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Impersonation/False portrayal of character - maximum punishment?

There are 2 individuals, Person A and Person B. Let's say that A is hellbent on ruining B's life, but not in the way some/most people would think. A has stolen pretty much all of B's personal ...
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Where is Arizona's [and other states] timezone defined?

Where is the timezone defined for Arizona? Is it in the Arizona constitution? Is it in Arizona Revised Statutes? Is it in the United States constitution? Is it in the United States Code? Where is ...
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Could you theoretically sell financial assets in the US without coming under the jurisdiction of the federal government?

So let's say you were some financial market that operated solely in a US state so all of your transactions never crossed state lines. Would federal government agencies like the Commodities Future ...
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What legal precedent exists for states blocking their governors extended stay at home orders?

Several states now have had their extended Sam home orders challenged by lower courts, before they were advanced to their state supreme courts. What constitutes this? I would assume that during any ...
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Is Rock Paper Scissors considered gambling?

Consider I run a rock paper scissors matches online, where users buy in and cash out money if they win. Would this be legal in the United States? It is somewhat similar to esports tournaments, where ...
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Is usage of a still frame from a video considered a derivative work/adaptation?

Let's say that Alice makes a video and releases it under the CC-BY-ND license. Bob now wants to use a still frame from the video in his work (maybe to showcase or aggregate thumbnails of Creative ...

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