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Can a political party falsely inform its opponent's voters that their voter registrations have been cancelled?

The conduct described would be a felony. Two men where just convicted of state crimes this week for very similar conduct in Ohio. Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman pleaded guilty to felony ...
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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't

The law doesn't distinguish between two Christians with divergent beliefs, or between an atheist and a Christian (obviously with divergent beliefs). The law simply does not care what religion you have,...
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Can a father not have responsibility for child-support?

The first step is for the parents of the child to seek a court order for child support. This would be based on your friend being the actual father, and the non-mother not having adopted the child (...
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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't

This question fundamentally is not about religion in any way. Based on your question, Christine would not be discriminating against people from Ann's own sect, only against transgender people. If Ann ...
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Dual U.S./canadian citizen living in Canada who has never resided in the U.S. can vote or not?

This document from the Michigan Sec'y of State says that "A US citizen who has never resided in the US and has a parent, legal guardian or spouse that was last domiciled in Michigan is eligible ...
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University dorm serving meat with vegetarian food

The state health codes applicable to food are here esp. ch. V and here. The primary focus of those health codes is preventing the introduction of toxic substances or pathogens. There is obviously no ...
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What property rights do husbands have over their wife's hair?

Hair is not personally property until it is removed from your body, it is just part of your body, just like your nose or your femur. After it is removed from your body, it is the property of the ...
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What can I do if someone posts nude pictures of me on the Internet?

The situation described could lead to a suit for "Intrusion of solitude" or "invasion of seclusion" one of the torts classed under "Invasion of privacy" The state of Michigan recognizes this tort, and ...
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(When) are police required to identify themselves?

I can't prove a negative, but it seems quite clear from my research that providing name and badge number is policy, not law. i.e. Many departments have a policy that their officers will provide name ...
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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't

I'm not a lawyer, but this sounds like a clear-cut case of religious discrimination to me. You say in a follow-up comment, "I think it can't be religious discrimination because the company owner is ...
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Vandalism, or free speech?

Damaging someone else's property is not protected free speech in the US. Nor is using someone else's property without permission and against the owner's wishes. Scenario 3 would surely be vandalism or ...
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what is the process for overturning a Michigan Supreme Court ruling?

Background I will note that the case you cite was decided in 1972 and has been cited by other cases that relied on its precedents in all appellate decisions in Michigan, and one federal trial court ...
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What is the legal status of refusing to hire or work with gay employees in the workplace?

Federal law isn't yet settled on whether employers can discriminate based on sexual orientation (see the other answer), so instead let's take a look at Michigan state and local laws: Based on my ...
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Is the following nondiscrimination policy itself discriminatory against Christians?

What discrimination? As explained in Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't the Constitutional protection of the Free ...
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Is the extended State of Emergency and State of Disaster in Michigan legal?

The situation is that Executive Order 2020-33 is no more, and a new order, 2020-68 exists. The old orders to stay home are now copied under this order, but it may be necessary for her to re-issue (a ...
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US states and legal tender (money)

Your understanding of “legal tender” is flawed There is plenty of case law to show that governments can place reasonable restrictions on payment by legal tender up to and including excluding it ...
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Can I use the names of famous people in an educational game about their works?

There is no copyright on the name of anyone. That certain people have been known as philosophers, and have put forth particular ideas are facts, not subject to copyright, as long as no one else's ...
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Cat Grooming Incident

You personally have no recourse, but perhaps we can make this a bit more abstract and ask about legal recourse for anyone bringing their animal to a groomer. In general, if you take your animal to a ...
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Will breaking a lease damage my credit score?

Breaking a lease doesn't directly affect your credit status. It can result in a bad recommendation from the landlord, in case a potential new landlord contacts your former landlord. The connection to ...
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Process server attempted to serve me at old address

Probably not until and unless the process server gets the correct address and actually serves you. Then the documents should explain the matter fully. If the person who was attempted to be served took ...
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Parental gun responsibility

As I understand it, a parent can be convicted in Michigan if that parent allows a mentally disturbed child access to a gun after being told by school authorities that the child drew a gun, a bullet ...
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questions about COBRA

Employers with 20 or more full-time-equivalent employees are usually mandated to offer COBRA coverage. https://www.investopedia.com/articles/insurance/11/intro-cobra-health-insurance.asp He is not ...
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Are schools required to disclose accurate results of random drug searches?

I don't know of any law requiring schools to proactively disclose the results of these sweeps, but if you asked for them, the Michigan Freedom of Information Act would likely require both the police ...
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record a meeting?

Mich. Comp. Laws § 750 regulates what is often known as eavesdropping or wiretapping. The core prohibition is §539c, which says Any person who is present or who is not present during a private ...
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In the state of Michigan, can an employer be legally liable if an intoxicated employee hits and kills someone driving into work?

Under the doctrine of "respondeat superior", can an employer in Michigan be legally liable if an (intoxicated) non-salary employee hits and kills a person on their way to work? Probably not....
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Will breaking a lease damage my credit score?

united-states Quite possibly, yes. Depending on the terms of the lease you signed, you could be liable for the rent for the remainder of your lease term. If you stop paying the rent, your landlord ...
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Can a court uphold a traffic ticket for speeding in school zone if the sign was blocked by a truck and not possible to be seen?

If the judge is kind, yes However, this is at the discretion of the judge. Even if the judge believes every word you say, you still broke the law. The speed limit in Michigan is “a careful and prudent ...
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