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Is it truly illegal for the US Armed Forces to hire someone whose IQ is less than 83?

Short Answer Applicants are required by military regulation to have a percentile score on a standardized test called the ASVAB that is 31 or more, which is roughly comparable to an IQ score on the ...
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Is it legal for a supermarket to refuse to sell an adult beer if an adult with them doesn’t have their ID?

It is legal, at least in the US, for a store (or other entity) to refuse to sell any item to any individual for any non-prohibited reason (prohibited reasons are typically things like race or religion)...
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Is it illegal to kill honeybees in Oregon or in the USA?

I believe you are correct. It doesn't seem illegal for a private individual to use a bee pesticide (following label instructions) to remove a beehive from property that you own. There are federal laws ...
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Is it legal for a bank to trap you in an ATM vestibule?

A power failure is an obvious example of force majeure. Nobody would talk of kidnapping, as you tagged your question, if a power failure trapped a lift between floors. The real issue would be one of ...
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Can a computer be guilty of insider trading?

The Bot is a means to trade. Just like a telephone to call a broker or a fax to the bank or an app where you click on "buy now". Means cannot be "guilty" of anything. It's just ...
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Is a debt canceled if the creditor refuses a settlement offer?

No If you owe someone money then you must pay them the full amount, subject to a binding agreement that you can pay less. "I know I owe you $100, how about I pay $5?", "No." - is not an agreement, ...
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Is it a crime to "steal" your own money from a bank?

The physical cash in the bank is not your property, at least not in US law (according to Scalia). It becomes your property when the withdrawal is performed by some means specified in your contract. A ...
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Is it legal for a supermarket to refuse to sell an adult beer if an adult with them doesn’t have their ID?

You go into a store, pick up an item, go to the counter and you think you are legally entitled to own the item provided that you pay for it? Wrong. Wrong for any item, not just alcohol. Items that ...
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Is it legal to physically wash money?

Yes It is perfectly legal to physically wash US currency under US law. The kind of "money laundering" that is illegal is obscuring the history of funds, making proceeds of crime appear ...
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Is it legal to lie about an illegal requirement?

Lying may be wrong, but it in the United States, it is generally not illegal. United States v. Alvarez, 132 S. Ct. 2537 (2012). For a lie to be illegal, it generally needs to fall into one of a few ...
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Is there a law against destroying works of art of historic importance when you are the owner?

In general, ownership of a thing includes the property right to dispose of or destroy the thing. However, there may be statutory prohibitions for special categories of property. Many countries have ...
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A Swiss watch company seized my watch, saying it was stolen. I bought it 10 years ago. Is that legal?

switzerland "Gutgläubiger Erwerb gestohlener Dinge" (buying of stolen goods in good faith) is a big topic in law. Different jurisdictions handle it differently, but most European (civil law) ...
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Is it legal for a bank to trap you in an ATM vestibule?

Many US jurisdictions have adopted the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code (which falls into the general category of building codes). The 2024 edition states 4.5.3.2 Unobstructed Egress. In every occupied ...
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Is it legal to ask to be shot?

You may legally ask someone to shoot you, or do all sorts of other things to you. There are no laws against asking or various kinds of speech: laws restrict the doing. If you ask a person to shoot you ...
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Is it legal to ask to be shot?

If the act itself is illegal, I think request itself could be illegal under incitement laws. For example in Montana: 45-8-105. Criminal incitement. (1) "Criminal incitement" means the advocacy ...
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Is it legal to leave signs falsely indicating that one's property has been booby-trapped?

Even if it isn't a crime, it might give rise to civil liability in various ways. For example, it might invalidate your homeowner's insurance coverage if the sign caused the fire department to delay ...
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How do you check the legality of a new business model?

Hire a lawyer, who is licensed and trained in law and who is obligated to be honest with you and advocate for your interests, and get him/her to review your business plan. He/she will point out real ...
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Is it legal to publish a ''copy" of the Constitution with fake text added?

Yes The US constitution is in the public domain. Anyone may publish a version of it, including an altered version. No US law forbidding publication of an altered version would itself be constitutional ...
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A Swiss watch company seized my watch, saying it was stolen. I bought it 10 years ago. Is that legal?

You describe a case with two or possibly three affected jurisdictions, Poland, Germany, and Switzerland. First, you can of course demand that the Swiss company should give you documentation about the ...
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Can you legally have an (unloaded) black powder revolver in your carry-on luggage?

The relevant regulations in 49 CFR 1540 refer to weapons, not firearms, and unless you are specifically permitted, you cannot carry a weapon in your carry-on luggage. The interpretation of "...
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is it illegal to falsely use an unrelated act to block/ban things?

No it is not illegal A school can ban or block online content from its own computers or connections as its administrators or teachers think proper, and does not need any law that authorizes or ...
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Can the Cyber Resilience Act make it illegal to retire?

An obvious workaround for individuals would be to operate through a front company and then simply dissolve that front upon retirement. Provided it is the front which offers the product to market and ...
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Is it legal to sell emails?

Without a data privacy document provided by the client that exactly describes what they want to do with the data, that would be an absolute no-go for me. Additionally for me, they would need to sign a ...
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In which US states are hush money payments illegal?

"Hush money" is just tabloid-speak for a non-disclosure agreement, which is generally legal throughout the United States -- or, for the money paid in exchange for the non-disclosure ...
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Would it be legal to supply an item that deliberately stops working after the guarantee expires?

germany If your machine actively destroys itself after the warranty is up, you commit the crime of damage to someone else's property under StGB § 303. You might also be liable for fraud, as this ...
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Legality of "stealing" assets from Debtors

Security Many jurisdictions have the concept of a "secured" debt. Examples are Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code in the United States and the provincial Personal Property Security ...
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Is it illegal to ride a drunk horse?

germany In Germany, the described situation could lead to a fine up to € 2000. As the rider of a horse, you are subject to the existing traffic rules and regulations for all vehicle traffic (§28(2) ...
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Is there any way to legally sleep in your car while drunk?

In New Hampshire (USA) our law was as you stated until 2020. That is, if a person over the legal limit was sleeping it off in a car and either had the car keys in their possession or had unrestricted ...
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