David Siegel
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Can I legally make a website about boycotting a certain company?
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Yes you can, and you can even include "editorials or subjective content". However, if you include factual statements, or words that imply factual statements, the company could claim that they are ...

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Landlord wants to switch my lease to a "Land contract" to "get back at the city"
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A "land contract" is not a way of renting property, it is a way of purchasing property on an installment basis without bank financing. It is Ohio's version of what in some other places is known as "...

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Is it against the constitution to require restaurants to only serve people with a vaccine certificate in the United States?
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NO Under the US Constitution, a public health authority could even make vaccination mandatory, and this was done in some historical epidemics. In Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905) the US ...

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What is the meaning of “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” in the 14th amendment?
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In the case of United States vs Wong Kim Ark 169 U.S. 649 (1898) (a 6-2 decision), the Supreme Court wrote: [T]he real object of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, in qualifying the words, ...

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Does someone in the U.S. illegally have the same rights in court as a U.S. citizen?
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Everyone physically present in the US is protected by the US Federal constitution. (In some cases persons not physically in the US also have protection from the US constitution. When that applies is ...

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Can women also go shirtless in public legally?
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In April 2017, a US District court on Colorado ruled that a law prohibiting women from exposing their breasts in public was an unconstitutional discrimination against women. The law was ordinance 134 ...

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Is it legally permitted to quote from legally restricted materials in US?
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Overview Under Near v. Minnesota it is very hard to "legally restrict" any publication in the US. The "Banned books" linked to in the question have, in some cases, been removed ...

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Does a private citizen in the US have the right to make a "Contact the Police" poster?
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There is no law against a person creating and distributing such a poster, to the best of my knowledge. However such a poster pretty clearly implies that the person shown is guilty of a crime, or at ...

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What happens to Donald Trump if he refuses to turn over his financial records?
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According to this Washington Post story: Vance is seeking the records from Trump’s longtime accounting firm, Mazars. Thus Trump himself will not be able to refuse to provide the tax return ...

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May I bring weapons and/or defend myself when trespassing for a legal reason?
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As the answer by Greendrake says, if you have a a legal reason, to enter property, you re not a trespasser. Trespassing is generally defined as entering on property against the expressed will of the ...

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Why isn't a draft (conscription) slavery?
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The only real answer is that the US Supreme Court, in interpreting the constitution, and specifically the argument that the 13th Amendment prohibits a draft for compelled military services has ...

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Is it legal to go take my license plates off a car I sold, without realizing I should keep my plates?
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License plates in Texas are governed by the Texas TRANSPORTATION CODE, TITLE 7. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, SUBTITLE A. CERTIFICATES OF TITLE AND REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES, CHAPTER 504 LICENSE PLATES Texas ...

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Adapt the oath of truth to a reasonable version?
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I think you should take "the whole truth" as simply short for "all the truth known to the witness, within the limits of the rules of evidence as applied by the judge." and take &...

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Is it legal for an oil company to charge customers a different price per gallon for the same oil?
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In general, a seller may make different and inconsistent sales terms with different customers on whatever basis the seller chooses. In some jurisdictions, for some kinds of transactions, specific laws ...

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Could double jeopardy protect a murderer who bribed the judge and jury to be declared not guilty?
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No No, it would not. When the Judge and/or the jury have been bribed or corruptly influenced, united-states courts have held that the person on trial was never really in jeopardy at all, so the double ...

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Law Firm with one lawyer and hundreds of legal experts who haven't passed the bar
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A Lawyer may hire paralegals, clerks, secretaries, and other assistants. The lawyer may hire as many as s/he pleases, and assign them whatever tasks s/he chooses. However, some kinds of documents may ...

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Copyright a Land Feature?
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Who knows. It doesn't matter. 17 USC 102 lists the kinds of things protectable by copyright under US law. These are: (1) literary works; (2) musical works, including any accompanying words; (3) ...

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Do Legal Documents Require Signing In Standard Pen Colors?
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No, Specific Ink Colors are not Required That is not correct. If the purple will not photocopy well, the other party might reasonably ask for a color that will. But a signature is normally only ...

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Stop, in the name of the law
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In long ago English practice, the phrase used was "Stop in the name of the King". At one time this was, if I am not mistaken, required for a valid arrest. I am talking about a time hundreds ...

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What if you and a restaurant can't agree on who is at fault for a credit card issue?
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As the answer by Paul Johnson says, if you had no criminal intent, there was no crime. As the answer by Dale M says, the prosecution would need to prove that criminal intent along with the other ...

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In fiction, is it legal to state a newspaper wrote an article when in fact it never did?
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Yes, as long as it is clear that this is fiction. It is utterly common for fiction set in the current world to mention real institutions and people, and have them do and say things that they never ...

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What does "corruption of blood" mean?
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In English law during the late Medieval and early modern period (from 1321 to 1798), it was possible for Parliament to pass a "Bill Of Attainder". This declared a person guilty of a crime, often ...

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Receiving a certified letter and the contents is not address to you
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If the envelope had someone else's name and not your name, you should in theory not have opened it, and should instead have marked it "Not known at this address. Return to Sender." and ...

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Can one claim copyright over a compilation of (public) data?
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If there is judgement and creativity used in the selection of the list, that selection is protectable by copyright under US law, and under the laws of many other countries. The standards vary, but in ...

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Is it legal to have an abortion in another state or abroad?
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First of all, this entire discussion assumes that Alabama's law will be upheld, and Roe will be overturned. Roe is still good law, and under it the Alabama law is pretty clearly invalid. However it is ...

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Can a former United States president be criminally prosecuted for acts committed when he was president?
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Yes The rule against prosecuting a sitting President is not a law, it is a Justice Department opinion and policy. The justification for it is that dealing with a criminal case would be severely ...

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How can the US president give an order to a civilian?
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The executive branch of the US government, or specific parts of it, can demand that a person do particular things, when a statute has authorized such a demand. Such demands are not usually made at the ...

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is it illegal to falsely use an unrelated act to block/ban things?
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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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Equivalent of "illegal" for violating civil law
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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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Does this image with a subject containing graffiti in the background infringe on the graffiti artist's copyright?
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You are in effect asking if this is a case of Fair use, an important US-specific legal concept in copyright law. Please review this question for an overview of fair use. See also This statement from ...

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