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What happens if I shoot a police officer in self-defense during a SWAT raid?
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In the situation described, the defender is unlikely to get out alive. In most such cases the police will be very proactive in trying to kill the shooter. They have radios and if a "man down" alert ...

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Can police tow my car out of my driveway?
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Illinois law has provisions for the seizure of "dilapidated" and "inoperable" vehicles if they are "in view of the public" according to 55 ILCS 5/5–12002.1. In many cases such laws have been found to ...

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who owns and is responsible for the truck?
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Whoever signed the loan owes the money to the bank for the truck. So, in this case it is probably both your husband and his ex girlfriend. Whoever is listed on the title of the vehicle as the ...

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Can someone compelled to testify intentionally ruin the credibility of their testimony so long as they don't perjure themselves?
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Yes, why not? It happens all the time. Usually the witness will just say, "I am not sure" or "I don't remember, exactly". Also, if Bob is the only witness, how would anyone prove that he was ...

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How can the constitutionality of a Law be challenged in the USA?
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In the United States, the constitutionality of a law can be challenged in any court. Unless and until the court is reversed by a higher court, then the law will be considered unconstitutional and ...

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Can my landlord double-dip rent after my month-to-month lease termination?
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Probably not, although it is impossible to say without reading the lease. Usually leases are monthly. That means you pay for the entire month or lease term regardless of how much or how little you ...

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Why do judges wear costumes?
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The black judicial robes date back in time hundreds, if not thousands of years. In medieval times, all educated people in the British isles, not just judges wore robes and these were customs descended ...

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Patent infringement
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A person can only patent their own original invention. If the technology which is the subject of the patent existed before it was filed, then the patent is not enforceable. This is called prior art. ...

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Is Monopoly protected by copyright & trademark?
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Monopoly is a trademark of Parker Brothers. You would need to get permission to use that trademark. The artwork of the game is copyrighted and cannot be duplicated without violating that copyright. ...

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Force person on stand to only say, yes or no, legal?
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This is a question of civil procedure more so than law. The customs and practices of civil procedure are established by legal precedent, not laws made by legislatures. In general, a witness can ...

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Can I cut down a neighbor's tilted fence that overhangs my yard?
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Under current New York law, small ("de minimus") encroachments are not considered to infringe on your property rights, therefore, legally there is nothing you can do. A fence, even leaning over, is ...

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How can I find glass cutting patents?
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The reason why I could not find the patent is that there are several different kinds of patents. Mechanical patents, for example, are "utility" patents. The cut glass pattern referenced in ...

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Can i use brand logos on a website template I'm going to be selling?
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The standard for fair use of trademarks is as follows: (1) the product or service in question is not readily identifiable without use of the trademark (2) only so much of the mark as is reasonably ...

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Medical. Is it legal to treat someone without reporting it to the US government?
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In general, he can probably get away with treating you. The risks are: (1) The hospital finds out somehow and fires him for violating his employment agreement; I would be surprised if they did this ...

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Who owns copyright of Chaplin's movies (The Kid)
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I think it is probably public domain. I would suggest contacting Jon Mulvaney at the Criterion Collection. They recently remastered "The Kid" and will know all about the rights for public showings. ...

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Indemnity to help in another's defense? What does that mean?
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This is part of an indemnification clause. Basically, the idea is that the service provider guarantees that if your business gets harmed because they let in an intruder, then they will absorb the ...

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What exactly are an officer's requirements in order to demand ID in the US (New York)?
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The New York law involving identity is in §140.50 and reads as follows: In addition to the authority provided by this article for making an arrest without a warrant, a police officer may stop a ...

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If a criminal charge was "dismissed", does that mean the case was dismissed after conviction?
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If a case is dismissed, then it means the charge was thrown out of court. They were not even tried, much less convicted.

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If roommate steals, can police search other people's rooms too (US)?
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This situation actually comes up in practice fairly often. The liability for your friend is that if the police raid the apartment and find stolen goods, then your friend can be charged with ...

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Are Soviet movies from the 1970's copyrighted in United States?
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The Soviet Union generally had no copyright treaties with the western world before 1973. So, anything before then is public domain. The USSR had a policy of public domain and considered anything ...

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Can I make a derivative work from a book that was written 150 years ago
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I assume you are talking about United States federal copyright law. You can freely use any: material published before 1923 material published between 1923 and 1963 for which the copyright was not ...

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In the US, when and how must police identify themselves during an arrest? What are the remedies?
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In Massachusetts where I live, here are the general guidelines: In re G.L. c. 268, § 32B(b). A person can be charged with resisting arrest only when the officer is acting under the color of his ...

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How must undercover police officers identify themselves?
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In Massachusetts law it says the following: The term ''police officer'' as used in this section shall mean a police officer in uniform or, if out of uniform, one who has identified himself by ...

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"Outrageous conduct"?
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Attempting to sue public officials for any kind of harm, psychological or otherwise is always problematical, not only because of statutory immunity, but because there is a presumption that the ...

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How to carry a gun across federal lands
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Federal rules concerning carrying firearms generally apply only to federal buildings, military bases and Indian reservations. National Forests, BLM lands and National Parks are governed by state law. ...

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Issuance of new deed on death of grantor
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I eventually figured out the answer to this question. In general, the process is that the probate court assigns an executor to the estate of the decedent and that executor then executes a deed ...

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Can a layman conduct legal proceedings on behalf of a corporation for which he works in New Hampshire?
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After some additional additional research I found that a person who is not a member of the bar can legally represent another person or entity in the courts of New Hampshire as long as the following ...

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Is there any advice for deciding which law firm should I go with a case about losing money in stock investments
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First of all, what the law firms told you is incorrect. People have multiple lawyers all the time. The lawyers just don't want to share the money, which means they probably think there is not a lot of ...

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What legal consequences exist for falsely accusing counterfeiting?
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If somebody makes a false statement about your business in a way designed to harm your business, it generally constitutes libel. To prove libel in a court of law, you must prove: (1) The statement is ...

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Is this fraud in California?
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In some states it is a crime to promote a business using a fake academic credential, but not in California, except for specific industries such as real estate. California is the #1 location of ...

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