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Does "statistically significant" have a specific legal meaning?

Most judges went to law school Therefore, my null hypothesis is that they have next to no knowledge of statistics and couldn’t tell a median from a mean on their best, let alone, their average day - ...
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Why do many "No Trespassing" signs say "POSTED"?

"Posted" is a Term of Art "Posted" is a term of art in trespass law, specifically meaning that signs forbidding entry have been placed at the borders of a parcel. The page "...
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Which security is the social security number about?

Social Security numbers are called Social Security numbers because were invented to implement the Social Security Act of 1935, which was one of the important programs adopted by Congress as part of ...
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Is it considered a breach of confidentiality if data is uploaded to a website which only makes that data available to the uploader?

Assuming none of these terms are defined elsewhere in the contract: A third party is a party (a person or company) that is neither you nor the other party to the contract (here, presumably the company ...
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Is "legalese" a thing in languages other than English?

Germany definitely has a legal jargon that is sufficiently distinct from standard German that a foreigner with decent skill in standard German will have trouble understanding what a legal text ...
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Is "Innocent until proven guilty" merely a cliche used in legal dramas?

"Innocent until proven guilty" or "innocent until proved guilty" can be found in English in, among others: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 11: "Everyone ...
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Pretending to be from the "Freedom to Breathe Agency": impersonating an officer?

The clause you highlighted has an "or" in front of it: "..., or in such pretended character...". It's only one alternative. Demanding or obtaining money, etc, is sufficient to ...
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What does it mean to "pirate" a game, app, or other digital resource?

While software is often the subject of pirating, the term is also used generally for unauthorized use of any copyrighted material. It turns out that this terminology is very old. Wikipedia notes that ...
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Equivalent of "illegal" for violating civil law

The term "illegal" is also often used for actions that the law prohibits, but that give rise to civil liability, rather than criminal prosecution. We see such use a lot in questions on Law.SE. One ...
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Is it illegal to ask someone to commit a misdemeanor? What is this called?

This is called solicitation. A person is guilty of solicitation to commit a crime if with the purpose of promoting or facilitating its commission he commands, encourages or requests another person to ...
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Is "legalese" a thing in languages other than English?

In france, legal texts are written in "everyday" French, although the legal vocabulary may not be known to non-specialists. However, for some reason (tradition, I guess), court judgements ...
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What does a default judgement mean in the Alex Jones case

A default judgment is a judgment in favor of a party when the opposing party has failed to do something that is required, such as appear before the court. In this instance, defendant's failure was to ...
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What is the significance of “moral turpitude”?

In many states, conviction (or a guilty plea) to a crime of moral turpitude is automatic disbarment. At a minimum, these lawyers would face hearings and their licenses, and livelihoods, would be at ...
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Is "Innocent until proven guilty" merely a cliche used in legal dramas?

Innocent until proven Guilty is more than a stock phrase Trials happen all the time. In most Western societies and legal systems, trials start by setting out the rules. By restating the rules, again ...
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How does Australia split its legal profession?

In many Common Law nations, the distinction between solicitor and barrister is that the solicitors traditionally have direct access to clients and do much of the paperwork and discuss the planning ...
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What is the definition of a troll in the legal context?

Another term sometimes used in place of "copyright troll" or "patent troll" in order to be less pejorative is "non-practising entity"1 (moreso in the patent context). ...
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What does "circumstantial evidence" mean in criminal procedure?

Overview The term "circumstantial evidence" refers to evidence that does not directly establish the elements of the crime, but that permits the finder of fact to draw inferences about what ...
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Why do many "No Trespassing" signs say "POSTED"?

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has a web page about this. If you read the current law you will see the exact wording of the signs is not specified. But in the past, the exact wording of the ...
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Equivalent of "illegal" for violating civil law

“Illegal” is not limited to criminal matters Illegal and unlawful are synonymous and refer to any conduct which is in breach of any law. So: Murder is illegal and a crime Stopping in a No Stopping ...
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How to interpret or parse this confusing 'NOT' and 'AND' legal clause

It says They shall not confer the right [[to attend any meeting of members] and [to exercise one vote for every share held]]. The elements joined by a conjunction such as "and" should be ...
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Is there a common name for lawyers and judges?

Jurist (in the American sense) means a lawyer, judge, or other expert in law. From Google Search:
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Why is a lawsuit a "suit"?

The historical root is Old French sieute, sivre meaning "follow, pursue". You pursue your defendant in court. This is an ordinary legal term in post-Norman England. The root is also invoked ...
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Is "legalese" a thing in languages other than English?

The Islamic legal system, Shari`ah, is similar to common law in having special legal terms. For instance, a legal duty may be farīḍah, mustaḥabb, mubāḥ, makrūh or ḥarām. Legal authorities ...
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Copyright in copyleft licence?

No. GPL works are copyrighted (as are most creative works basically everywhere in the world, as soon as they're created, whether or not the author does anything about it), and copyright is what gives ...
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Are laws written logically and rigorously?

Are laws written logically and rigorously? No. Laws are not consistently written to any consistent stylistic standards. Whatever legislators approve becomes the law even if the law is poorly drafted. ...
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Can a computer program agree to Terms of Service?

Other Entities means Legal Person The reason for the term "legal person" is that some legal persons are not people: companies and corporations are "persons" legally speaking (they ...
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Looking for a law textbook that defines legal terms

Black's Law Dictionary is the leading publication of that type (the online version is based upon the out of copyright second edition, while the current version is the 11th edition from 2019), although ...
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Is the term "evil" defined in law?

While not defined, in common law systems, there is a concept of Malum in se which can be translated to "Wrong or Evil in itself" and is used to describe criminal actions that are wrong ...
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Is "Innocent until proven guilty" merely a cliche used in legal dramas?

The comment which sparked this question was in relation to how the phrase is used in that question, specifically: Does that mean “innocent until proven guilty” is to be taken literally? Even though ...
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What do people mean when they say "This Court"?

"This Court" refers to the institution whose jurisdiction is being exercised by the judge(s) writing, no matter the judge or location, or to refer to the particular judicial institution ...
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