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If Congress passed a bill written in a language other than English, would it be valid?

It would indeed be valid and legally enforceable. The Constitution places no limits on what languages bills must be written in. The Constitution specifically allows each house of Congress to make its ...
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After buying from a brick & mortar shop they've contacted me to say buying things from them is consent to arbitration. Is this legal?

Technically speaking, it's not illegal: spontaneously making a false statement to someone does not fall under any of Ohio's laws regarding fraud or the like. It also doesn't have any legal effect. ...
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If Congress passed a bill written in a language other than English, would it be valid?

Yes The United States does not have an official language.
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Can I use my own Stack Exchange answer in a book?

Yes, that’s allowed. Under the Stack Exchange terms of service, content you upload is licensed to Stack Exchange Inc. on a non-exclusive basis under CC-BY-SA 4.0. The terms of service do not give ...
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If Congress passed a bill written in a language other than English, would it be valid?

Under Article VI of the Constitution, treaties have the force of law, and the United States has sometimes ratified treaties in languages other than English. For example, the treaty signed with Morocco ...
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How can a person declaring bankruptcy afford a lawyer?

united-states Typically, people who have the very least assets and little prospective income expected aren't the ones who file for bankruptcy (e.g. homeless vagrants). They don't file for bankruptcy ...
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What restrictions is a teacher under when they suspect a student of having ADHD?

There is no specific statute in Missouri that prohibits a teacher from saying "ADHD". There is a specific federal statute that obligates the school district to make accommodations if a ...
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Can the enactment of the 25th Amendment delay a U.S. President from launching nuclear missiles?

Sort of The 25th Amendment is crystal clear that the VP and a majority of the cabinet can declare in writing to the president pro tem of the Senate and the speaker of the house a presidential ...
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Is prohibiting possession of obscene publications unconstitutional?

Overview The two statements, properly understood, are not inconsistent, and cannot be taken to mean that the Court has overruled Stanley, although the US Supreme Court can and does reverse its own ...
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Can Casey White be held accountable for the death of Vicky White?

No Felony murder in Indiana is limited to participants in the following criminal activities only: Burglary Child molest Arson Rape Kidnapping Robbery Carjacking Drug Dealing/Manufacturing AFAIK, the ...
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Is there a Constititional right to medical care other than an abortion?

In the US, the most wide-spread proscription against a medical treatment (broadly construed) is that only 10 of 50 states allow physician-assisted suicide. In Washington v. Glucksberg (one of the ...
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Should "Prenuptial agreement" be provided while getting marriage licence?

There is no requirement in California to file a prenuptial agreement before obtaining a license. There is a requirement for disclosure of property and finances, 7 days minimum to review the agreement ...
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Should "Prenuptial agreement" be provided while getting marriage licence?

To supplement the correct answer by user6726: There is no need anywhere in the US to file a prenuptial agreement with county clerk or any other part of the government when applying for a marriage ...
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Can double jeopardy be circumvented by something other than the separate sovereigns doctrine?

Given that a murder and an involuntary manslaughter are two different offenses, could a jury be asked to adjudicate on both counts? This happens routinely. Could it find the defendant guilty of both?...
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After buying from a brick & mortar shop they've contacted me to say buying things from them is consent to arbitration. Is this legal?

Just to add another possible scenario to the above answers, it is possible to agree to a contract through conduct other than the more traditional actions such as saying "I agree" or signing ...
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How is it legal to marry and impregnate a female under the age of consent?

"Age of consent" is a legal meme that refers indirectly to different criminal statutes, for example in Missouri under MO Rev Stat § 566.034, A person commits the offense of statutory rape ...
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Can a Supreme Court Justice be recalled?

As the answer by user6726 correctly states the House of Representatives may, if it sees fit, pass a Bill of Impeachment. (This requires only a majority vote of the House, not a 2/3rds vote as a ...
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After buying from a brick & mortar shop they've contacted me to say buying things from them is consent to arbitration. Is this legal?

It is a complicated question. It would be a pretty clear unfair business practices in California, and the similar statute in Ohio per Section 1345.02 (A) (10) which provides that it is an unfair act ...
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How can a person declaring bankruptcy afford a lawyer?

I don't have enough points to comment on Phillip's answer, but it appears wrong for the USA. First, declaring personal bankruptcy is not a lawsuit. Second, personal bankruptcy does not usually ...
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Can the enactment of the 25th Amendment delay a U.S. President from launching nuclear missiles?

Yes The 25th amendment is crystal clear that once the Vice-President and a majority of the cabinet have provided a written notice (text or email will do) to both the President pro tempore of the ...
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Does the rebuilding of St Nicholas church building pose a constitutional problem?

Why do you assume "government" funding is involved? From Frequently Asked Questions | Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church The rebuilding of Saint Nicholas is being funded through “The ...
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Reproduction of phrases from characters for reuse

US Copyright Office Circular 33 says (on page 2): Words and short phrases, such as names, titles, and slogans, are uncopyrightable because they contain an insufficient amount of authorship. The ...
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Liability of joint bank account owner (U.S.)

No Merely having a joint bank account with soemoen does not make one person responsible for the other person's debts or obligations. However, a financial association of the kind which leads to a joint ...
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Academic or credential fraud

It would depend on the state and the institution. Let's say this happened in Maryland: under MD. Education Code Ann. § 26-301, A person may not falsely make, falsely alter, forge, counterfeit, or ...
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How can a person declaring bankruptcy afford a lawyer?

A wealthy person who anticipates their personal bankruptcy in the near future but still has access to liquid assets at the moment, can use those assets to hire a lawyer on retainer. Which means that ...
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What is the most likely way fetuses could be determined to be persons?

The Supreme Court is the final authority on what the Constitution means If they decide that foetus is captured by “person” in the Constitution then any rights that persons have, foetus’ will have.
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Can minors publish open source software?

A contract with a minor is valid until the minor or their legal guardian void the contract. The contract can be void until some time after the minor is not a minor anymore. So for the question that ...
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