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Can a car seller refuse to sell the car after the contract has been signed and the deposit has been paid?

Nope, the seller can't refuse "to sell". They have sold it. They sold it right at the moment the contract was created (which, depending on where they were, would not necessarily even need to ...
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Is it kidnapping if I steal a car that happens to have a baby in it?

In colorado, it appears that the kidnapping statutes do not apply if the act is not "knowing" or if the perpetrator lacks intent. § 18-3-301 Any person who does any of the following acts ...
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Can I use lethal force to protect myself and others from an on duty officer if he or she starts shooting up the location?

The answer provided by Dale M is half right, but there are a few things that I think are wrong. Firstly, the actual reality of the situation doesn't matter. What matters is that you act in a ...
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Someone gave me an elephant. Isn’t this illegal?

No one can give you an elephant without your consent. If you don't consent, then it doesn't matter what provisos they spoke to you. They didn't give you an elephant at all. They abandoned an elephant ...
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Fired (seemingly) for finding paycheck inconsistencies. What kind of legal recourse might exist?

united-states Protections for workers from wrongful termination from employment in the U.S. are among the weakest in the developed world. Unemployment benefits If you are fired and there is not a &...
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Can a car seller refuse to sell the car after the contract has been signed and the deposit has been paid?

The seller has breached the contract, and may be sued accordingly. The court has a few options for how they may settle the dispute. They may enforce specific performance, which would force the car ...
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Can a county without an HOA or Covenants stop people from storing campers or building sheds?

Is this legal for the county to enforce? Yes. And can I sue if they try to enforce it? You could, but you would very likely lose your lawsuit. A more fruitful approach would be to go to the county ...
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Can a county without an HOA or Covenants stop people from storing campers or building sheds?

The land has no HOA and no covenants I get the impression you've been spending too much time around HOAs, or at least around Reddit lol. Get out. Never go back. But that does not mean freedom. Feds ...
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Is it kidnapping if I steal a car that happens to have a baby in it?

In some jurisdictions, it would not be kidnapping until the offender knows that the baby was in the car. It would depend on the exact language of the criminal kidnapping statute in that jurisdiction ...
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Membership cancellation and poking the bear

The statement ABCGym refuses to refund payment it accepted for membership to a gym ABCGym closed. ABCGym has substituted an inferior-to-me option. could certainly be considered as defamatory. ...
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Can a new driver legally drive themselves while waiting for their license card to be mailed to them?

No, she cannot 42-2-101(3), C.R.S. provides: “No person shall drive any motor vehicle upon a highway in this state unless such person has in his or her immediate possession a current driver’s or ...
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Someone gave me an elephant. Isn’t this illegal?

Under 16 USC 1638(a)(1) and given that all species of elephant are on the endangered species list, it is prohibited to (D) possess, sell, deliver, carry, transport, or ship, by any means whatsoever, ...
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Can a church legally initiate formal discipline against a member who has officially withdrawn/resigned from the church?

You don't have to interact with people if you don't want to If you don't want to talk or otherwise interact with somebody in a personal capacity, you don't have to. Your reasons for doing so are your ...
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Can a religious baker refuse service to an underage couple-to-be, in accordance with his deeply-held religious beliefs?

As cited by @xuhdev, discrimination on the basis of marital status is prohibited in Colorado. And, even though age is not on the list, the couple could claim that you discriminate them based on their ...
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Can a car seller refuse to sell the car after the contract has been signed and the deposit has been paid?

As other folks have mentioned, breaching the contract and returning the deposit might create a situation where there is no real recourse (both parties are whole), or recourse isn't particularly ...
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Can a church legally initiate formal discipline against a member who has officially withdrawn/resigned from the church?

canada See Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada St. Mary Cathedral v. Aga, 2021 SCC 22. In that case, two members of a religious organization were expelled. The Court held that any remedy ...
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Is it kidnapping if I steal a car that happens to have a baby in it?

Yes, in new-south-wales The New South Wales Crimes Act 1900 says: 86 KIDNAPPING (1) Basic offence A person who takes or detains a person, without the person's consent-- (1) ... (a1) with the ...
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Can a car seller refuse to sell the car after the contract has been signed and the deposit has been paid?

Short Answer The buyer can bring a lawsuit against the seller to force the sale or to get money damages, with the remedies you would intuitively think are fair. Criminal charges would probably not be ...
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Can a student carry a knife at school?

CO Rev Stat § 18-12-105.5(1) says that A person commits a class 6 felony if such person knowingly and unlawfully and without legal authority carries, brings, or has in such person's possession ...
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What is a "listed natural gas appliance"?

I am not from Denver, so it may be different there, but I would think most people would take that to mean the appliance meets UL standards or other safety standards and has been certified. Each ...
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Can I use lethal force to protect myself and others from an on duty officer if he or she starts shooting up the location?

Self defense is self defense It doesn’t matter whom you are defending yourself (or others) from. However, a police officer is allowed to use force in wider circumstances than anyone else. If you ...
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May my business notify Christians that we won't serve them?

Probably not. The impediment is the claim that you have a genuinely held religious belief. Changing the context a tiny bit, your employer is statutorily required to make an accommodation for the ...
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Can a church legally initiate formal discipline against a member who has officially withdrawn/resigned from the church?

usa You have a constitutional right to associate with whom you please The Supreme court has long held that the 1st amendment right to free speech, assembly, and petition also includes the freedom of ...
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is a finger squiggle on an iPad truly binding?

Like a paper signature in ink or blood, a finger squiggle is merely evidence that you have agreed to the terms of a contract. You have agreed, and now you are know the downside of that agreement. ...
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Someone gave me an elephant. Isn’t this illegal?

england-and-wales It's not illegal in England to own or sell an elephant but you'll need to apply for a licence from your local council to keep it, as elephants are listed on the schedule of wild ...
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Public Library Bannning "Problem Patrrons" : Scope and Source of Authority?

This can be effected without evidence or trial or a right to an appeal in front of an objective party. Not so. If a person is charged with a crime for violating such a code, (or refusing to leave ...
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Me and my friends got kicked out of a movie theater without seeing the movie and didn't get a refund

At a minimum, what the theater did was not a crime. When you are in a movie theater you have what is called a "license" from the theater to be present, which is revocable at will without due process (...
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Can an 18 year old with just a permit drive alone in Colorado?

The Colorado Drivers Handbook says: Instruction permits: An instruction permit allows limited driving privileges for people learning to drive. Regardless of age, if you are driving with an ...
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Can a church legally initiate formal discipline against a member who has officially withdrawn/resigned from the church?

usa Any law enabling such a tort would violate at least 3 Constitutionally-protected rights in the U.S. The government is explicitly forbidden by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution from &...
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