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Baseball caught: Ownership? Can one leave?

See Popov v. Hayashi. The person who caught the ball, or who first obtained possession of the ball, becomes the owner. Prior to the time the ball was hit, it was possessed and owned by Major League ...
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Baseball caught: Ownership? Can one leave?

Who owned the ball? Was it actually the woman's? My own legal assessment leans to "no" because no transfer of ownership was intended and the ball was probably not "abandoned". On ...
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Victim Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings

canada The charging document must identify the complainant / victim to the accused with sufficient particularity to give the accused the ability to mount a full answer and defence. For an assault, ...
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Can legal action be reasonably taken against someone for providing incentive to hurt yourself?

There is no established tort or statutory cause of action under which Sam would be liable. Sam has no duty of care to Peter to not place Sam's own money at risk of destruction. The only duty in the ...
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(US) San Francisco: worst that can happen if you enter a shop and start eating?

You would probably be arrested and prosecuted for a misdemeanor offense called "shoplifting," punishable by up to 6 months in county jail. The assumption of the question that you would not ...
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Are entertainment venues in the US required to make sound level logs publicly available?

The answer depends upon the exact provisions of local government noise ordinances as there are almost never state level noise ordinances. The question doesn't have a consistent answer even at the ...
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Victim Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings

The charging documents list Alice as Jane Doe. In some rare, isolated instances, this can be done in a civil lawsuit in California, but this would be allowed in a criminal prosecution in California ...
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Baseball caught: Ownership? Can one leave?

A line from the Dodgers own website states in the 'Foul Balls and Milestone Balls section reads, "The Dodgers are happy for guests to keep any baseball hit into the stands as a souvenir." It ...
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What jail time would be imposed for felony false imprisonment plead down from 4 felony rape?

The crime of false imprisonment in California is set forth in California Penal Code ยง 236. Many violations of California Penal Code Section 236 are charged as misdemeanors. The potential penalties ...
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Is it ethical for Victims Advocates to Be Paid By District Attorney Offices

It is allowed because it's a logical place to fund victim's advocates. Each state has its own requirements for including victims in plea and charging decisions. Some states have zero requirements, ...
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What laws apply to the possession of pocket knives by minors in California?

There might be local city or county ordinances, but there is nothing in the Californian penal code regarding the possession of pocket knives that apply specifically to minors. These are only 3 laws I'...
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Public Access to Records of Criminal Proceedings

At what point(s) in the proceedings can the public get access to the (possibly redacted) records for this case, such as police report(s), witness statements, etc? Generally, as filings are made in ...
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