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May a person accept and keep bribes so long as they act lawfully?
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Bribery always involves a public official or person with a legal duty (such as a witness in a legal proceeding). It is illegal for such a person to accept a bribe. See 18 USC 201. We speak ...

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Can a business put a specific cancel-by date into a contract?
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Yes, a contract that gives you a right to use a facility for a specific period of time is valid; it does not matter that you didn't or don't plan to use the membership. There is also no law limiting ...

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Could US President use the Secret Service to gain entry into the Capitol Building for the SOTU address?
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There is an underlying premise that the Capitol Police could lawfully exclude POTUS from the building. The Capitol Police power is created by 2 USC 1961, and includes the power to enforce certain ...

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Can illegal aliens claim sanctuary in a church?
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If a person is within a political unit X, they are in the jurisdiction of X, and unless them have specific immunity (e.g. Art. 1 Sect. 6 Cl. 1 of the Constitution, congressional immunity from arrest), ...

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USAMRIID is US Military - are they allowed to deploy domestically contrary to Posse Comitatus in response to biological outbreaks?
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The article "The Posse Comitatus Act..." analyzes the legal restrictions on use of military power arising from that act. Following US v. McArthur, 419 F. Supp. 186, where the act played a ...

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Why is it so hard to try Khalid Sheikh Muhammad?
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A complete analysis would be a major research project, but here is a summary: read this for more details. Jurisdiction has been a significant factor. Initially he was to be tried by a military ...

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What is a misrepresentation made after a contract is signed?
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There is no misrepresentation by the bank as you describe it, there is negligence by the account holder to comply with the terms of the account. The bank made no representation at all regarding a ...

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Can a government be bought?
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The closest historical precedent is that the Congo Free State, more or less coterminous with the contemporary country with the same name, which was the personal property of Leopold II of Belgium, as ...

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HR1 would force states to have independent districting. How does the federal gov't have authority to require this?
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The US Constitution doesn't say one way or the other how a state's representatives are to be chosen, so until this law was passed in 1841, a state could have all of their representatives elected at-...

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Is wearing ACLU's "Let People Vote Pin" to the polling place considered electioneering?
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Illinois law has a bit more to say about "electioneering" in 10 ILCS 5/9-1.14. The core is any broadcast, cable, or satellite communication, including radio, television, or Internet ...

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Justification for shooting a suspect in the back
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This is controlled by state law (there is also a federal murder statutes but the federal government doesn't dictate defenses for state law). Here is Washington's. RCW 9A.16.020 says when use of force ...

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is estate responsible for debt of car-loan co-signed by the decedant?
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A co-signer is equally liable for the debt, so the loan company can go after the grandson or your mother for the remainder of the debt. He would have gotten a letter from the creditor saying that the ...

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Is there any judicial precedent regarding US governors' power (or lack thereof) to limit church attendance in an emergency?
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The main relevant bit of constitutional law is Employment Division v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872, where it was held that a general law against use of peyote does not violate the Free Exercise clause, though ...

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What prevents the DOJ from charging Democrats in Congress under U.S. Code § 2383?
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The main legal impediment to such action is that nonviolent political actions are not rebellion or insurrection. Interpreting the meaning of these terms arises in litigating insurance claims (where ...

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I pay for a service, but I miss the broadcast
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No, you may not legally get the content elsewhere: that is a violation of copyright law. When I create content that I want money for, I negotiate with a distributor such as TW, and I grant TW a ...

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Every few days specific websites remove explicit images uploaded by minors. Is having viewed this content illegal?
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It is not illegal to view pornography. It is illegal to possess or receive certain kinds of pornography, namely child porn, under 18 USC 2252 and 18 USC 2252a (there is a subtle legal difference ...

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Student Loan from years ago pops up and is taking my salary
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Defaulting on student loans is—along with back taxes and child support—one of the three cases where a court order is not required for wage garnishment. This article spells out remedies against such ...

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Can a police officer lie?
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A police officer can lie, and lying does not render a statement inadmissible. But there is a separate area of law regarding self-incrimination and the right to a lawyer. The basic principle is that a ...

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Are Satanists legal in the US?
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There is no such law in the US, although there many laws prohibiting specific forms of harm, for example laws against murder, theft, assault, arson. All laws are predicated on the idea that an illegal ...

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In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?
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The fundamental question is whether children can own property: they clearly can. See Cyclopedia of Law and Procedure (I improved the link so it can be more easily read). As a general rule any ...

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How to handle questionable legal correspondence not intended for me?
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Suborning perjury is a criminal offense, at the federal level under 18 USC 1622, and is especially bad for a law firm to do. An attorney has a duty to not allow a client to lie in a legal proceeding, ...

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Can an airline forcibly remove a senior citizen who is wearing a soiled adult diaper?
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It depends on what the Contract of Carriage says. Delta Airlines, for US contracts, says under rule 7 that Delta may refuse to transport any passenger, and may remove any passenger from its aircraft ...

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Is it legal for employers to hire only native speakers?
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This is a potentially litigatable matter under US employment law, where the outcome would hinge on what a "native speaker" is. One interpretation – a legally discriminatory one – of "...

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Is mere accusation without evidence other than testimony of the accuser, grounds for arrest in the UK?
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Witness statements are a form of evidence. It depends on what the statement was, for example "Chasly committed a verbal hate crime" is not sufficient evidence for an arrest. Sworn testimony ...

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If I owe state taxes, can the state seize a relative's property in retaliation?
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The government cannot seize property because a person residing at that property has a tax debt: the debtor has to have a legal interest in the property, which you say you don't have. The government ...

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Legal Liabilities as a Landlord if Tenants have committed assault?
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The landlord is not free of liability risks. In California, everybody is responsible for injury brought about by lack of ordinary care or skill in management of his or her property or person. This ...

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Constitutionality of more restrictive bans on assembly
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There is a potentially infinite regress of questions regarding the constitutionality of restrictions imposed under these "emergency" circumstances. The basic legal principle is clearly established: ...

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Waiving my right to not be evicted in a San Francisco lease
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The Rent Ordinance para (e) explicitly precludes that possibility: Any waiver by a tenant of rights under this Chapter 37 shall be void as contrary to public policy. If he attempts to enforce ...

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Can a university legally enforce a policy preventing students from creating their own wireless networks?
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The only avenue for a legally-enforceable restriction against running your own network on campus would be via the contract arising from enrollment at the school. If this is a government-operated ...

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Simple Majority - Ignorance of the Law
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"Ignorance of the law" refers to a (non)-defense for committing a crime ("I didn't know it was against the law"). In this case, the government hasn't passed a law saying that "the term 'simple ...

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