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Why shouldn't a bank robbery without threats be legal?
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As a concrete example, consider Missouri v. Coleman, where Coleman handed a teller a plastic bag and said "I need you to do me a favor. Put the money in this bag", and later as the manager approached, ...

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A student slipped a drug into my coffee — what are the legal ramifications of this situation?
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If the pill contained a harmful or noxious substance, this is battery, which is a crime in Lousiana ("the intentional administration of a poison or other noxious liquid or substance to another"). ...

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Can I terminate an employee for qualifying for a job through a "degree mill?"
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Higher education degrees are not federally regulated, and are only weakly regulated at the state level, so if a person has a degree from an institution which is not accredited by a recognized ...

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Can I sue a restaurant for serving me meat in vegetarian dish?
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An essential component of your contract with them is that they will provide you with food free of animal stuff (the exact nature of "vegan approved" may be up for debate, but actual meat should not be ...

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Can I ask a cop, "What happened?"
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You are allowed to ask the police whatever questions you like. There is an upper limit that you can't refuse to obey a lawful order on the premise that you want to ask a bunch of questions, but they ...

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I want to leave Islam, but they would execute and kill me. What do I do?
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Legally speaking, very many nations grant asylum, and religious persecution is one of the most basic grounds for granting asylum, following the 1951 Refugee Convention. This newspaper article compares ...

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How Can NASA Images/Videos Not Be Copyrighted?
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There is a special exception in 17 USC 105: Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government, but the United States Government is not ...

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Is marriage automatically cancelled for immigration violation?
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Marriages are controlled by state law, immigration is governed by federal law. In no state is a marriage automatically "cancelled" for committing a crime, much less for violating an ...

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Is Elon Musk's child name valid in California?
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We could start with what the statutes say (HSC 102425) (a) The certificate of live birth for a live birth occurring on or after January 1, 2016, shall contain those items necessary to establish ...

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Pregnant spouse slipped abortion pills unknowingly. What would the legal ramifications be?
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Although abortion is legal in the US, not everyone is allowed to perform an abortion. In Washington, the law allows a physician to terminate a pregnancy, and recognizes a woman's right to choose to ...

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Can pay be witheld for hours cleaning up after closing time?
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Unless you are a salaried worker, all hours worked must be paid, and that could include paying overtime if the actual hours that you work is over 40 hrs. a week. You may file a complaint with the US ...

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HOA Prohibits "Large Families"
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As stated, this is not a reasonable restriction and runs afoul of the Fair Housing Act. You cannot discriminate based on family status, with an exemption for "housing for older persons", and ...

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Firearm provision in lease agreement
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Clauses (a) and (c) are potentially relevant. You have to look in the Rules & Regulations to see what exceptions are permitted. Although firearms and especially shotgun shells are of a "dangerous, ...

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Can I forbid the government from using my patented invention?
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You cannot deny the federal government the right to use your patent, but you can sue them for "recovery of [your] reasonable and entire compensation for such use and manufacture", see 28 USC 1498. ...

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Will SCOTUS be forced to rule on birthright citizenship soon?
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Probably not, because there is no legal case or controversy, and the law is clear enough. In US v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649, SCOTUS held that A child born in the United States, of parents of ...

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What's so Grand about Grand Theft Auto?
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Grand theft, a term which is used in some jurisdictions, is "big theft". It is defined in California in terms of what and how much you steal, for instance "over $950" except over $250 for domestic ...

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Can an employer be forced to allow an employee to bring a gun to work?
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There is no law that prohibits the owner of private property from controlling access to their property, with respect to firearms, so anybody other than the government can prohibit firearms on their ...

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Why does the victim have to press charges?
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Criminal charges are filed and prosecuted by the government, on behalf of the public, and there is no requirement for approval or cooperation by the victim. As a policy matter, a DA may decide to not ...

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In Los Angeles can I defend my own property against looters?
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If you are arrested for assault, you have available to you the defense of the right to defend real or personal property: you "may use reasonable force to protect that property from imminent harm. ...

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Can a Resident Assistant be told to ignore a lawful order?'
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There is a state law that requires you to obey the police: ORC 2917.13, which says you may not Fail to obey the lawful order of any law enforcement officer engaged in the law enforcement officer'...

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What's the problem with red ink?
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It depends on jurisdiction and purpose. In Ohio, per O.R.C. 317.114(A) an instrument or document presented for recording to the county recorder shall have been prepared in accordance with all of the ...

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Is it legal to ask to be shot?
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You may legally ask someone to shoot you, or do all sorts of other things to you. There are no laws against asking or various kinds of speech: laws restrict the doing. If you ask a person to shoot you ...

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Can an officer wipe snow off a windshield to verify a registration or parking permit?
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Yes, police are allowed to touch your car or wipe snow off the windshield to view a parking permit. Indeed, if they just ticketed people because their permit could not be seen through the snow, there ...

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What's the statute of limitation on fragging?
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Under 10 USC 843(a), i.e. Article 43 of the UCMJ, A person charged with absence without leave or missing movement in time of war, with murder, rape or sexual assault, or rape or sexual assault of a ...

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Can a person purposely provoke someone to hit him and then report a crime?
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It is legal to insult a person (at least in the US: it's a crime in Indonesia). It is legal to report a crime. It is therefore legal to insult a person and report the ensuing crime. The law assumes ...

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Is it lawful for banks to turn away minors?
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It is age discrimination, and it is legal. There is a federal prohibition against discriminating in employment provided that you are at least 40 years old. There are innumerable laws that require age ...

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Is it illegal to carry someone else's ID or credit card?
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I think the officer is probably lying, not just mistaken, but they are not required to always be truthful. In addition to the law against possessing ID with intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any ...

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Can an open source licence be revoked if it violates employer's IP?
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The Apache 2.0 license purports to be irrevocable, but it also presupposes that the supposed licensor has the right to grant permission to copy. In this case, that is untrue, so there never was a ...

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Can a vaccine be required by law?
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It was decided back in 1905 in the case of Jacobson v Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11, that mandatory vaccination laws are constitutional in the US (the specific example being mandatory smallpox ...

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Conflict between a religious belief that accounts for the existence of transgender people vs. one that doesn't
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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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