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If someone was charged with 15 counts but was only indicted on 2, can the prosecutor introduce evidence at sentencing of charges that we not indicted?

I just have a question about information being presented that a defendant was not indicted on. If someone was charged with 15 counts of a crime but was only indicted on 2 counts, can the prosecutor ...
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Why can't Robert Mueller give the report to congress?

With the recent vote to hold William Barr in contempt of congress, I have one main question. Why can't Robert Mueller just give the report to congress? It's obvious that I don't understand the full ...
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What laws are being broken by publishing a non-redacted version of the Muller Report?

What laws might be broken if someone created a non-redacted version of the Muller Report? That is, suppose they wrote a version of the redacted portions and claimed they have no idea if it's the ...
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When a company sues the “U.S.”, who are they really suing?

According to this Wall Street Journal report, Huawei is suing the "U.S.". What does this really mean? Are they suing the entire U.S. government, a branch of the U.S. government, the people of the U....
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what percentage of a Qui Tam is recovered?

In the case of a Qui Tam filing with the United States attorneys office what percentage of the recovered damages go to the person that filed with the office?
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Is the U.S. Code copyrighted by the Government?

The age of the internet has brought all of human knowledge to our figure tips, this is only possible because of companies finding profitable reasons for storing all of this information for ...
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Title 53, why is it reserved?

Title 53 is currently 1 of 54 titles that make up the United States Code, each title is marked with the topic of law it contains, but Title 53 is marked as reserved. The listing of Title goes: ...
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What happens if an individual exceeds the maximum to be donated to a presidential candidate?

For 2020, the maximum donation is $2800. What trouble will someone be in if they break that rule, either on accident or purposely?
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Can I pay less taxes because of the government shutdown?

It's my understanding that the role of taxation is to maintain a functional government. At this time, I suspect that the U.S. government is saving quite a bit of money by not paying some subset of its ...
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Is the White House Weekly Address copyrighted?

I understand that US government films are not protected by copyright laws, but does this include White House Weekly Address? Are all episodes of weekly addresses free from copyright protection, ...
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Legality of ATF in their Final Review of Bump Stock regulation

I have been interested in the procedural legality of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Agency's Final Review of Bump Stocks. There are two to the legality issue, and I'm only concerned with ...
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How can the President appoint Whitaker as Acting Attorney General?

Today the president asked for and received the Attorney General’s resignation. Then it was announced that the DOJ Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker would be the Acting AG and according to the Hill, ...
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Is the government liable for data destroyed during a forensic examination?

Lets say you just traveled outside your home country (USA). You keep your data on a secure USB (FIPS 140-2 level 3) that will self destruct after (x) number of failed attempts. The data you keep on ...
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Can a government sue it's citizens for “libel”?

If a citizen of a nation is deliberately spreading lies against a given government of a country (let's say U.S. federal or state government) to undermine it's capacity to act properly then can the ...
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Is it not illegal to take minors across state lines without parental permission?

In the context of Roe v Wade discussion of the abortion issue, it's been suggested that even if the decision were to be reversed, it would have little effect. The argument goes along the lines that ...
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Is it legal to require registration to obtain US Government software or data?

Is it legal to require registration to obtain US Government software or data? For example, if a government web site makes you put in an email address before you can access public data or public ...
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Can we use Marines' sign for personal signature?

So I'm asking here as a normal person, not as Marine Corps. So as a marine fan, is it possible (legal) to add Marines' Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) sign before your name in the end of documents or ...
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Can the US Government assert copyright on a government work internationally?

From what I understand, large swaths of US Government works are considered "public domain", but this unrestricted status applies only within the United States, For this question I am assuming the ...
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Can a sitting U.S. president be imprisoned without impeachment?

A sitting U.S. president can not be indicted for federal crimes as a matter of constitutional separation of powers and DOJ policy, among other reasons. The president's constitutional protections and ...
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Is it possible to find all U.S. federal laws digitized and online?

Are all of the federal laws in the United States digitized and available to the public through some free ".gov" website? Is it possible to download them all into, say, PDF?
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Overturning a presidential pardon and double jeopardy

President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio of any other offenses under Chapter 21 of Title 18, United States Code that might arise, or be charged. This question asks about overruling a pardon and it seems ...
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Is it illegal for the US government to compete with private industry?

I've heard several people say that it's illegal for the US government to compete with private industry. The specific context was about developing and providing software (desktop programs, mobile apps) ...
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Can a presidential pardon be overruled?

I know a presidential veto on a law (or bill, since they didn't sign it) can be overruled by a two-third vote in both houses. Is the same, or a similar process, available to overturn a pardon?
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Why does “Day 1” of the 20-day response time limit for FOIA requests begin the day AFTER agency receipt of a request?

Why does "Day 1" of the 20-day response time limit for FOIA requests begin the day AFTER [the proper component in an] agency receives a perfected request? I understand that under Rule 6 of the ...
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When a U.S. Attorney files charges, does this mean it is automatically filed on behalf of the DoJ?

Background Piggy backing off the question about two United State political bodies conducting an investigation, someone made a comment that the a U.S. attorney is always part of the DoJ. I understand ...
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How does the government define people who are not married but living together?

I receive disability benefits from Social Security, and every year they do a phone interview. In the past, I was asked if I was married, and I said, no. They also asked if I lived with anyone I ...
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What is the legal penalty for “contempt of Congress”?

In reading a recent article that suggested Steve Bannon might be found in "contempt of congress", I realized that there's no information on what the penalty for that might be, unlike the statutorily ...
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Could I object to paying US Federal taxes on moral grounds? [duplicate]

In the United States could I sue the Federal government because I don't agree with my money being used to kill people in wars? Is there any legal precedent? Are there any active movements to try to ...
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Is the US federal executive allowed to misrepresent federal law?

The US Department of Homeland Security is misrepresenting federal law on its page of frequently asked questions about the biometric exit system that is currently being developed. In particular, they ...
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Does Manafort v. DOJ, Rosen and Mueller have any merit?

Does Paul Manafort's suit against the DOJ, Rod Rosen and Robert Mueller have any merit? Paul Manafort Sues Mueller and Asks a Judge to Narrow the Russia Investigation - The New York Times. The DOJ's ...
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Can the government change a plea offer based on a dismiss motion the defense files?

Suppose you are accused of something that doesn't make sense or shouldn't be placed on you based on jurisdiction, and decide with your retained defense attorney to file a motion to dismiss those ...
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Naive approach to aggregating all US Federal Laws?

I'm a software developer and I've recently found myself curious about the US Federal Laws. There's a seemingly unsolved question of "How Many Federal Laws Are There?" (https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2013/...
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How can a US agency refuse to accept certain US banknotes?

It has just come to my attention that the US embassy in Bern, Switzerland, accepts US dollars for the payment of passport fees only if the notes were after 2006: U.S. Embassy Bern Payment ...
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Law in USA the limits Medicare Part B premiums?

What is the law in the USA that prevents the government from raising Medicare Part B premiums more than a small amount each year?
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How should I prepare in terms of dress and language to testify at a bail hearing?

So there's this situation, where a relative of mine has been arrested and caged up with charges of a white collar crime. In order for us to fight the prosecutors, we must bail him/her out first. I ...
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Are leases with the US National Forest Service public information?

The US National Forest service enters into leases with individuals that entitle the lease holder to use National Forest land for some explicitly outlined purpose. These leases are called special-use ...
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Is 36 U.S. Code § 301 relating to the National Anthem a law or a suggestion?

I came across an interview where a person mentioned 36 U.S. Code § 301, which according to https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/36/301 mentions how a person should respond to the National anthem. ...
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How much authority does Department of Justice has over sexual harassment cases inside a private company?

In the recent exposes about Harvey Weinstein, a pattern of executives and assistants aiding him to prey on females have been reported. Whether it be his offices, his hotels or his restaurants, few ...
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exemptions of federal employment for Schedule A disabled applicants

If you are permanently disabled, and a job posting by the federal government (Army, Veterans Affairs, etc...) requires you to be a member (Army = registered with a recruiter prior to age 36; VA = ...
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Is it illegal to send mail through the US Postal Service with a missing or fake return address?

Is this illegal: Let's say someone wants to send a letter to a recipient. But if the sender were to put the correct return address and name on the letter that it likely will be thrown away by the ...
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How many lines of text in all currently active federal laws of US?

LOC (lines of code) is a useful measure of amount of work done in software development. It works well when comparing orders of magnitude. Hello world: 1-10 LOC. Tetris: 100-200 LOC. Gmail: 1 Million ...
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Is the NSA liable for not reporting a security vulnerability?

The NSA created several toolsets that involved 0-day exploits that were not reported to the vendors of software & hardware. This put in danger the safety and security of anyone using these pieces ...
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Could a president sue a person for defamation during their time in office?

In this hypothetical (unless it's happened in the past), a prominent citizen or news agency makes statements about the president, or his decisions or policies, that are knowingly inaccurate or false ...
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Who are the “inferior officers” of the federal government?

A part of Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution of the United States says this: He [the President] ... shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall ...