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USPS Back Room - Trespassing?

I go to my local post office nearly every day to drop off packages for online purchases. A couple of years ago, I had a van full and it would have taken many trips to bring them inside. I asked a ...
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Does the government control what time it is?

Does the government control what time it is? Recently, I read that the west coast states are considering dropping Daylight Savings Time. Apparently, the process is first for the states to agree, and ...
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Would it be legal for a US State to ban exports of a natural resource?

I am interested in whether a US state constitution could be legally amended to ban exports of specific natural resources (such as coal, lithium or copper) outside it's own state borders. If such a ...
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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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What laws apply to Visa holders in the US?

I'm a French citizen currently staying in Los Angeles for studies under an F1 Visa. I was told that in the US, only federal law applies to foreigners which is why despite Pot being legalized in ...
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Can someone be penalized for an “unlawful” act if no penalty is specified?

If a US federal statute specifies that an act is unlawful without specifying a penalty, without using any of the words "misdemeanor," "felony," or "crime," and without ...
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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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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: Title ...
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Is the vice-president an employee for the purpose of 5 CFR §2635.502?

It's been suggested on politcs.SE (but the question was closed as off-topic there) that a US vice-president needs to comply with 5 CFR §2635.502 which sets stricter standards for conflicts of interest ...
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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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Can any crime be a federal crime in the US?

As an example, can the US Congress declare that jaywalking is a federal offense? Or would the jaywalker have to cross a state border in order for the crime to become prosecutable by federal ...
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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 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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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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Why is it ok to submit false statements to a judge, according to 18 USC 1001(b)?

18 USC 1001(a) makes false statements to the federal government a felony. However, 18 USC 1001(b) says: Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for ...
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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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Is a corrupt Attorney General able to quash any and all Federal investgations?

(I'll try to ask this in as non-biased way as possible) If an Attorney General is part of a corrupt administration, would he or she be able to quash any and all Federal investigations related to that ...
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What body is the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accountable to for aviation security functions?

The United States House Transportation Subcommittee includes: transportation safety (except automobile safety and transportation security functions of the Department of Homeland Security) Which ...
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What law grants life tenure to federal judges in the US?

In the United States, what law grants life tenure to federal judges? The Good Behaviour Clause of the Constitution says: The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their ...
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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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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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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 a Federal Actor, through coercion, or by the omission of information, force a U.S. citizen to waive a state-given Constitutional right?

Can a Federal Actor, through the use of coercion, or by the omission of information, force a U.S. citizen to waive a state-given Constitutional right? Specifically: On the date of March 19, 2010, an ...
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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 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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What are the implications of the new executive order regarding social media?

As I understand it, Trump is planning to issue an executive order that claims some social media platforms are violating the Communication Decency Act Section 230 by not acting in good faith, and as a ...
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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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what is “just compensation” during eminent domain?

The United States government uses eminent domain to seize private land for public use in exchange for "just compensation", but would the landowner be compensation for the structures on the land being ...
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US Federal Laws Pertaining to Banned Books

I've been having trouble with my search for federally banned books. Many searches show books which are banned in local libraries or by the state, but not nationally. The only book I could find that ...
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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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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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Can State/City bar US Federal LEO from certain locations?

The Official Website of the City of New York claims: Federal enforcement officers, which includes ICE, cannot enter hospitals, schools, or shelters. What exactly does this mean? E.g., suppose an ...
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Private companies asking for Social Security Number?

I thought that the privacy act (HIPAA) forbade use of the Social Security Number, or even asking for it, except by banks and federal agencies. Nevertheless, I frequently get asked for my Social ...
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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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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 ...
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Can a US cabinet secretary be criminally liable for a misapplication of federal law?

I am a bit surprised that this hasn't been asked yet, but it seems indeed that it has not. A few days ago, CNN reported: President Donald Trump told Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin ...
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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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What is law of the case in the us federal court system for district court judges?

Someone recently brought up the apple fbi phone unlock case and I, not being a lawyer, got curious about whether, if a final decision had been reached by that judge, what exactly that would mean. That ...
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Does US federal law prohibit the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription, and if so, according to which provision?

What specific provision in US federal law, if any, prohibits the possession of an uncontrolled prescription drug without a prescription? I've had a lot of trouble finding the answer to this question, ...
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In the US has anyone ever been prosecuted on the state/federal level after being pardoned on the other level?

As I understand it, assuming that an individual's actions violated both state and federal laws, there is nothing legally preventing a state for prosecuting an individual for the crime after the ...
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Why was the decision to make a non-traditional prosecutorial judgement unclear at the start of the 2017 Special Counsel Investigation?

Background One comment on this question about Robert Mueller's 2017 Special Counsel Investigation inquired about a specific aspect of the investigation. This aspect related to the prosecutorial ...
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Can a local police officer (or local DA) charge someone with breaking a federal law?

Can a local police officer (or local DA) charge someone with breaking a federal law or can they only charge suspects with violating state laws?
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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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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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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 Options: ......
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Who actually enforces the bill of rights

The US bill of rights was constructed to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public ...
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What principal of law allows the US federal government to demand that people work without pay?

Certain US federal employees are required to work without pay in the event of a government shutdown (i.e. budgetary incompetence). If you are classified as an an essential employee, you must work with ...
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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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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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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 ...