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In most US states, anyone can buy such lists, covering either the whole state or a specific municipality or election district. Political campaigns routinely buy such lists and use them to organize door-to-door campaigning, as well as postal appeals. Some years ago I was a (losing) candidate for local office in NJ. I bought such a list covering the township I ...


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There are a number of areas in which the US states can pass laws only to the extend that they do not conflict with Federal laws passed by Congress. When a federal law clearly says that states may not pass laws on a given subject, the issue is clear. When it specifically invites state laws, the issue is also clear. But when a Federal law imposes certain ...


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Governmental disclosure of information on death certificates is controlled by state law. In Washington, vital records are controlled by RCW 70.58A. §520 limits the possible recipients of such records. One category is "for research", which involves a review that covers guarantees of confidentiality among other things. §530 allows certain other ...


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"Occupying the field" refers to a situation in where federal regulation of a matter is "so pervasive as to make reasonable the inference that Congress left no room for the States to supplement it.” Rice v. Santa Fe Elevator Corp., 331 U.S. 218, 230 (1947). In other words, if the federal government has so comprehensively regulated an industry ...


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Because Ms. Charles was in New York, her death certificate is not a public record under Section 4174(1)(a) of the Public Health Law, and the report of any autopsy that may have occurred is also exempt from the state's Freedom of Information Law. In re Turkel, 236 A.D.2d 283, (N.Y. App. Div. 1997).


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In the US it is up to individual states to manage the voting system for their own states (it is not a function of the Federal Government), so the exact rules vary by state. So there can be no one answer to the question as posed. For the state of Oklahoma (where I live) this information is essentially a matter of public record, and is available for free from ...


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You would not be allowed into the prison. Prisons are controlled-access areas; no one goes in or out without an official purpose, for reasons that should be fairly obvious. Journalists who want to enter the prison have to ask for permission from prison authorities, and the authorities are well within their rights to deny access entirely or impose any ...


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united-states In the United States, information released through the federal Freedom of Information (FoI) process, or any of the various state-level versions of FoI, is considered public information. The person who receives it may share it at will, or publish it. Indeed many such inquiries are made by news reporters who intend to publish the information, and ...


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australia There is no limitation on the number of names you can have so long as it is at least 1. You cannot have a prohibited name (NSW Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995, other states are similar): "prohibited name" means a name that-- (a) is obscene or offensive, or (b) could not practicably be established by repute or usage-- (...


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They are Well, almost. They are in the process of reducing the time from 30 to 20 years by doing 2 years at a time between 2013 and 2022 - right now it’s a 23 year rule. I guess you found a webpage that hasn’t been updated.


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Legally, you have a right under both common law and the First Amendment to access virtually all of the court's records in the case. Courthouse News Serv. v. Planet, 750 F.3d 776, 786 (9th Cir. 2014) (“Though the Supreme Court originally recognized the First Amendment right of access in the context of criminal trials, the federal courts of appeals have widely ...


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Does Bob have a right to be presented such evidence or obtain a copy before a pre-trial conference, without his lawyer's co-operation? Bob can't both be represented by a lawyer and represent himself at the same time. It's either one or the other. So, the answer is "no" while the lawyer is still his lawyer. If Bob wants the evidence, he has two ...


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Let's start with: Bob's lawyer does not appear to be co-operating with Bob's wish to request the video. Bob's lawyer does not have latitude to "not cooperate" with Bob. Bob is the client, Bob's attorney is bound to treat him as such. If Bob is unhappy, he may retain a different counsel. If Bob is receiving defense through a Public Defender, he ...


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The common-law right of access to "agency" records is virtually nonexistent, and I know of no jurisdiction in the United States where invoking it would normally be successful. Instead, requesters must generally rely on the federal Freedom of Information Act or a state-level equivalent. But this assumes that "agency records" refers to ...


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There are two main differences between a SAR and a FOI request. A subject access request is about your personal data held by any organization, whereas a freedom of information request is a more general one about information held by government organizations. Example SAR: I'd like to see my credit file. Example FOI: I'd like to see the report saying that '...


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Banks often freeze accounts when ownership appears to be disputed. While being a co-signer can provide authority to withdraw funds from an account, it only sometimes implies ownership of all of the funds contained in it that can be withdrawn at will.


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There have been claims of government watch lists, some substantiated and some not, for decades. There is a specific database that does exist, the Terrorist Screening Database, which feeds almost a dozen lists including the No Fly List, the Secondary Security Selection List, the Violent Gang and Terrorist Organization File, and so on. This database results ...


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They make no representations about the law or the efficacy of any encryption scheme. The current law authorizing forced-disclosure, 18 USC 2703, has been amended, but it is not clear what effect the amendment has on your issue (it is unlikely that Congress eliminated that option). Here is the original court order: there is nothing specific to the technology. ...


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I don't like the family name appearing in my passport and will likely change it in a bureaucratic procedure in an interior ministry affiliated consulate (outside the borders of the state of which I hold citizenship) or in a population bureau branch (inside the borders of the state of which I hold citizenship) sometime in the future. Almost all ...


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