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October 19

That does appear to be a Ham Sandwich, lets indict it.

If you were to be on a grand jury, hearing non-violent felonies, what questions should be asked of the witnesses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 AM - 9 answers

October 17

Non-legal legal advice aka "should I pursue this..."

None of this is legal advice. Got it. I'm trying to determine whether legal advice is even worth pursuing. Our house was damaged by a water leakage incident which the homeowner's insurance agreed to fully cover to the tune of about 60K. We were not living in the house at the time, which was actually up for sale. More excitement below the fold! [more inside]
posted by thebordella at 11:07 AM - 6 answers

I'd arrest you if you were five feet closer!

I made it through law school without taking crim pro, I only crammed what I needed of crim pro for the bar exam, and my practice has nothing to do with criminal law. So, esteemed colleagues at the bar, can you tell me how jurisdictional lines affect police procedure at the state/local level? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:23 AM - 7 answers

October 16

Trust me!

I want to make a revocable trust... [more inside]
posted by pef at 4:25 PM - 6 answers

How to plan for a Trans*-friendly public school

Are there resources available to help me help my city build a trans*-friendly high school? (bathrooms, locker rooms, etc) [more inside]
posted by jillithd at 6:50 AM - 9 answers

October 15

Can a Legislature administer itself?

Since the Doctrine of Ultra Vires depends on administrative law which is derived from a Legislature, can a legislature administer itself? If a Constitution Convention is ever triggered under Article V, would the Doctrine of Ultra Vires apply and prevent the convention from introducing drastic new changes to the Constitution rather than addressing a specific proposed amendment?
posted by CollectiveMind at 11:38 PM - 10 answers

Recruiter encouraged me to lie, now I'm concerned about security clearan

So a while back I was going to enlist in the National Guard, and when I was going through the enlistment process, the recruiter told me to lie about my drug use because it would cause problems for me down the road. His exact words were, "if there's no record of it, they have no way of finding out." So I lied and said I have never used drugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:31 AM - 36 answers

October 14

Bad news all around

So an evangelical, proselytizing group called The Good News Club has set up shop at my son's public elementary school and is commandeering a classroom to, and I quote, "sing songs, learn a bible lesson & memory verse, play bible lesson review games & have fun!" I am livid and want them gone, but it's clear that it's more complicated than that. Do you have any experience with this group? What is a realistic positive outcome and how can I help achieve it?
posted by rouftop at 11:55 PM - 29 answers

Am I liable for things police find rental cars?

Let's say I was driving a rental car and getting pulled over. Let's say the police found something that wasn't supposed to be there. Rental cars are being driven by lots of people. Would I be held liable? Is it my responsibility to i.e. search below rear seats to make sure nothing was left? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:33 PM - 16 answers

How to Stop Never Ending Summon to Constantly Cancelled Trial?

How to Stop Never Ending Summon to Constantly Cancelled Trial? [more inside]
posted by Carius at 7:18 PM - 4 answers

Is this a HIPAA violation?

I work in a dental office, where staff are also patients. One of my co-workers has become pregnant, not planned and not particularly a joyous occurrence at the moment. She doesn't want to have this generally known as she is acclimating herself to her new future reality. Our boss dentist cannot keep her mouth shut. Is telling patients that her assistant is pregnant, without the express approval of that assistant, a violation of her HIPAA rights? [more inside]
posted by Jazz Hands at 2:33 PM - 19 answers

Early 19th c. immigration practices?

Before Ellis Island there was Castle Garden. Before Castle Garden ...? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 10:39 AM - 4 answers

Can I send a conker to the USA?

My friend in Utah has never had a conker. I want to send her one. It's a seed, but not a foodstuff. Is that cool with US customs/USPS?
posted by tzb at 8:58 AM - 10 answers

October 13

Can you deny owner enterance and housing if he doesn't live there?

My mother died in July. My Uncle, her brother, wants to sell the house they co-owned. I lived with my mother in the house and I am still living there now. He is like a stranger to me. I don't know him very well and he's a slimeball. I am not comfortable with him staying there. As the resident, what are my rights? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM - 17 answers

I don't want to be a bastard anymore.

How does my genetic father go about legally acknowledging me as his daughter? Right now, legally, my birth certificate has my father listed as 'Undeclared'. You are not my lawyer, but can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 10:12 AM - 2 answers

Internet still shrugging at this straightforward question

How many municipalities (city, town, township, parish, borough) are there in each state in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by cake vandal at 7:54 AM - 10 answers

October 10

A Day in the Life of an Immigration Attorney

I need to get a feel for the experiences of an immigration attorney ... [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 6:56 PM - 6 answers

October 9

How do I rock my new policy job?

I just landed a really exciting position as a policy analyst/lobbyist for a non-profit which does work I believe in. I want to hit the ground running. What do I need to know? (Difficulty level: I have never worked in policy/lobbying before.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM - 6 answers

October 8

Divorce lawyers in Tri-Cities, WA

I am looking for a good divorce lawyer around the Kennewick, Pasco, Richland area. I need a lawyer who is willing to deal with the respondent living out of state (Louisiana). I don't know many people here since I've only been here two years and tend to be very private about my personal matters. Any good recommendations?
posted by anonymous at 2:19 PM - 2 answers

October 7

What happens when they make a movie about you?

My cousin was married for years to an infamous criminal and all-around bad guy--let's call him John. John is infamous only to people in and scholars of his particular professional sector; the world at large isn't aware of him. John is no longer living. ~20 years ago, a local reporter wrote a book about him, which of course included his wife, my cousin. The book made a brief stir but was quickly forgotten, my cousin has moved on, and life continues ... except I've recently heard rumors that someone may have optioned the book for a movie. So now what? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 1:07 PM - 10 answers

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