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Do pawn shops have third-party consent authority for pawned items?

In Phoenix, Arizona, Leslie Merritt Jr. has been arrested and charged in relation to a series of shootings that occurred along the I-10 corridor in Phoenix. In court filings, the Arizona Department ...
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How can I free a service provider from estimate liability via disclaimer?

I want to ask for a quote, but I don't want the service provider to be legally bound to the estimate. What should I disclaim in my quote request?
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Is there any recourse for costs and consequences of police detention?

Police can detain a suspect for 48-72 hours (depending on the state) without filing charges. Note that this is before any judicial scrutiny occurs: I.e., not only are you (supposedly) presumed ...
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Is “conflict of interest” applicable to entertainment and music industries?

A simplified version of the general way people usually understand the concept of "conflict of interest" can be found on Wikipedia: "More generally, conflicts of interest can be defined as any ...
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Why do lawyers “never” call hostile witnesses for direct examination?

In a novel version of "Perry Mason," the fictitious (mostly TV) lawyer called the actual perpetrator of the crime to the stand, as a direct witness because she had declined to testify for the ...
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Offering money to potential witnesses in criminal proceedings

A friend of mine was involved in a confrontation with a police officer in the UK, in which the officer basically accused him of assault. While the officer was arresting him, a bystander shouted ...
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What are the legal implications of evicting a foreign host child?

So, I know of a family in the US that (years ago) agreed to host a teenager from a foreign country, but later tried to kick them out without a flight home. (Thankfully the situation worked out... not ...
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Is it legal to let sister-in-law drive my vehicle in another state and have her on my insurance?

This is about my wife's sister who is a single parent mom and lives in a different state. Not sure if it matters but I live in Massachusetts and she lives in Georgia. Because of her life situation ...
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Can Social Media Reviews Be Considered Defamation?

I live in an apartment building. I found an advertisement flyer on my car and I was annoyed. Inside the entrance of the building there is a "No Solicitation" sign. I'm not sure about the legality of ...
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Was I forced into a mental hospital legally?

If, after an accidental Xanax overdose, a person went to the ER to be safe, is it legal for the hospital to force them into a psychiatric hospital for three days? What if the person told the nurses it ...
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What determines jurisdiction when two people litigate in federal court?

A, a resident of California, wants to sue B, who works in New York, for something that happened in New York, using the federal court system. Would this matter be litigated in California or New York? ...
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What to do if driver's license is lost during road trip?

My friend just lost her driver's license in California, during a road trip from Arizona to Oregon. It's an Arizona license, but she's moving to Oregon. Since she's moving, she doesn't even have an ...
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Are U.S. employers subject to Canadian employment law if they hire a Canadian to work remotely?

Hypothetical Facts U.S. company ("A") hires Canadian worker ("B") to work as an unpaid intern. B never physically leaves Canada and does all her work by telephone, computer and internet. A has a ...
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Can a dark web site exempt itself from prosecution with an immunity agreement?

Is it possible in the United States for a dark web site operator (or potentially anyone involved in an illegal activity) to create a contract that legally binds a law enforcement organization to grant ...
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Is crypto legal in a weapon-free zone?

To expand on Is the right to keep and bear crypto protected by the Second Amendment?, since in the U. S. of A. crypto is considered munition (Bernstein v. United States http://export.cr.yp.to/), is it ...
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Can U.S. border guards do warrantless searches?

If I am a U.S. citizen entering the United States by car from Canada or Mexico can border guards legally search my car without a warrant?
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What exactly makes encryption a weapon?

As a followup from Is the right to keep and bear crypto protected by the Second Amendment?, for export control purposes, United States has been classifying crypto as munition. In the old days, maybe ...
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Is the right to keep and bear crypto protected by the Second Amendment?

Stumbled across an interesting comment in regards to the recent events about TorProject and a public library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, U. S. of A.: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r30291606-So-let-me-...
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Is it illegal to lock the wheel of a car?

Is it illegal to lock the wheel of a car and demand money for unlocking it because the car was parked in an area of reserved use by the person placing the lock in the car?
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Is there a legal duty to inform a caller claiming official business that they have the wrong number?

I recently changed my phone number. Today, I received a number of phone calls from an unknown entity claiming they had to make contact with the individual who last had the number, pertaining to legal ...
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At what point does refusal to report a crime make one an accomplice to a crime?

This is a question out of curiosity only, indirectly inspired by my last question post. I'm wondering at what point not reporting a crime is itself a crime. I know that if someone happens to witness ...
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Can you plead the fifth to avoid revealing the identity of someone you were accused of being?

This is a question for the sake of a story, I'm not seeking legal advice to use in court, just fact checking general laws. Any elaboration on interesting facets that may be useful for story writing ...
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Do IP laws (trademark, etc) make web domain addresses containing celebrity names illegal?

This question pertains specifically to intellectual property laws as interpreted in USA. For the sake of discussion here are 3 fictional web domains, each including a celebrity name but each with a ...
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Is it illegal to throw away the previous tenant's mail?

Say I move into an apartment. And over the next months and years, I keep receiving mail for the previous tenant, whom I do not know. This is understandably annoying. The easiest and most convenient ...
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As the sole LLC owner, can I pay myself all the profits I make?

Can I (sole-owner and sole-employee) simply take whatever profits I make from my LLC's bank account and pay them to myself, rather than paying myself a defined salary or rate? (I'm not saying this is ...
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Can a company vary its prices for individuals based upon their race, gender, or sexual orientation?

With the growth of the technology industry and lack of skilled computer professionals, there's been a rapid rise in the number of for-profit providers of short term courses in various computer science ...
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Can a US state be charged with a crime in federal court?

Like the title asks: I know that US states (and their agencies) can be sued by the United States in federal court (this is an exception to their normal sovereign immunity). Does this exception extend ...
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Is translating a computer program from language A to B, the same as a normal translation?

I understand that if I translate a book from English to French, my French translation is a derivative work. But, if I translate something such as Ruby on Rails from Ruby to Java is it a derivative ...
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What type of organizations are exempt from EEOC regulations?

What type of organizations are exempt from EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity) regulations? I know that very small businesses are usually exempt. How about non-profit organizations? How about ...
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Is it illegal to carry a baton?

Is it illegal to carry an expandable/extendable baton in the state of Indiana?
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Words/sentences prohibited in legal/administrative documents

I'm trying to find if there exist a list of words who cannot be written (forbidden - or highly avoided) in US legal documents ?
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Is it legally required for districts to be contiguous?

I was reading about Shaw v. Reno, a case about a congressional district that was altered on the basis of the race of its voters. Is there a law (precedent or statutory) which requires congressional ...
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Can a physician refuse to see patients that are not referred by their primary care physician?

In Massachusetts, USA, can a physician refuse to see patients that are not referred by their primary care physician? (Even patients whose health insurance does not require a referral for the ...
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Is it legal for me to buy a book and resell bits and pieces of it (artwork or poems for example)?

For example, I take a poetry book and cut out the poems, frame them, and sell them individually. Or I take a book with Star Wars™ art and cut out the pictures and decoupage a dresser and offer it ...
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Can I legally break my lease without repercussion if my apartment is in disrepair?

I recently rented a basement apartment, since I got there I noticed things wrong with it: Massive amount of spiders No light or railing on the staircase Kitchen light sometimes does not work fridge ...
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Why do some US States have a different age of consent for each gender?

Utah and 8 other US States have different ages of consent for each gender. Why is this?
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Which US laws would webcam spying break?

In the United States, which laws would spying on someone using their computer's webcam, without their permission and in private areas, break?
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Relationship between PL (Public Law) and USC (US Code)

I am learning about taxes. In discussing the jurisdiction to tax citizens, my course cites: P.L. 86-272, Section 101(b)(1) When I search for this text, I only find this: 5 U.S. Code § 381 - ...
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Does handing keys to police under duress constitute consent to search?

Suppose a police officer demands, through a closed window, to search your car or dwelling. Knowing your rights you say, "I do not consent to a search." The officer then declares, "I don't care ...
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What, if any, consequences exist in practice for “purchase required” sweepstakes & drawings?

I frequently see promotions like the following: "If [and only if] you make a purchase or donation, you will be entered into a drawing to win X." Larger and more conservative corporate sponsors of ...
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Sentenced to death when pregnant

What happens if a female is sentenced to death while pregnant. Would the execution be delayed until she gave birth? Or even longer (e.g., until the child is weaned)?
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In California, if a baseball lands in my yard, is it legally mine?

Say some neighborhood kid was playing baseball and accidentally hit the ball into my yard. Theoretically, if I own the house or my lease permits, I have the right to control access to my yard and, ...
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Is it legal for a “ready-to-be-divorced” billionaire to donate all his money into foreign charity?

Is it legal for a preparing-to-file-for-divorce billionaire to donate all his money into a foreign charity, give up his current citizenship and then become a high official of said foreign charity if ...
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Could I medically or surgically modify my own child?

Keep in mind this is a hypothetical scenario. I was recently very surprised to find out that many males in the United States are circumcised shortly after birth. No one had ever told me (it's not a ...
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If elected officials are exempt from CRA Title VII, what protects their civil rights?

According to the answers to Are county clerks exempt from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?, elected officials of pretty much any sort are exempted from the protections offered citizens under ...
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Are county clerks exempt from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII, employees are offered certain protections under the law. However, section f states that (f) The term “employee” means an individual employed by an ...
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If my spouse gets arrested for domestic violence but I do not press charges, will that still be on his record?

First time I've ever called the authorities on my husband for Domestic Violence. He was arrested, however, I didn't press any charges, will it still be on his record?
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What is this called? E.G: Competition buys product, breaks it, and asks for a return

Say I'm selling at a swap-meet. A person who, unbeknownst to me, is operating another store in the same area approaches my stall and purchases an item (specifically an old, but still functional ...
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May I curse or belittle an officer with no repercussions?

Sometimes I belittle police officers and make them really think about what they're doing. I wonder sometimes: what if I really embarrass an officer with something I say, maybe in front of their ...
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House on Orchard [closed]

I built my home on my parents's orchard. The parcel is mine. They take the harvest profits. I want them. What should I do if I'm non-confrontational? My name is on the title. There is no legally ...

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