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The Raskolnikov Method

I'm interested in the origin and propagation of this particular trope: Extremely drunk driver, with bottle of booze in the car, gets in a crash, possibly killing someone, with plenty of witnesses. The driver, either on his own initiative or after calling someone (perhaps a lawyer) for advice, gets out of the car and starts publicly drinking great volumes from the bottle. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Mar 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Legal Negotiation books - which should I buy?

Hi. I am looking for recommendations as to which o the following titles I should purchase; I am very new to this topic. Additionally, this is an area of legal education that my forthcoming university in England will not cover (it is not included in their LLB and generally in UK universities). Other universities do however, stage internal negotiation simulations workshops and competitions for its law students as an extra-curricular, CV boosting and skills enhancing activity. My law school is unfortunately bereft of adequate funding, connections with city law firms and general career/skills resources to have such a thing. [more inside]
posted by ethelwulf on Mar 10, 2013 - 7 answers

80 year old MIL talks incessantly

My 80 year old mother- in- law of 30 years talks non-stop about things I am not interested in----- but the people-pleaser in me keeps listening to her politely and I end up feeling exhausted. [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity on Mar 5, 2013 - 23 answers

I'd prefer water: How can I sever the ties of next of kinship?

My family are terrible. I've recently, with the help of therapy and mortality staring me down, finally cut ties to their toxic presence. How can I make sure that they're never legally or otherwise involved in my life again? In the US, married, very ill. [more inside]
posted by sweltering on Mar 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me out. I think I've been harassed and I don't know what to do.

So I need some sound advice. I think I was harassed a number of months ago at a local YMCA by another member. I decided to file this complaint internally, and now I'm worried I'm being stonewalled. Normally I would let something like this slide, but I've decided to take up this cause because I think it's the honorable thing to do. If only because I am inspired by the anti-bullying movement. Do I have legal options? Can somebody with any experience or strength with this sort of thing help me figure out what exactly happened to me, and share what they did in a similar situation? Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2013 - 32 answers

Is there such a thing as "excessive lethal force?"

If the LAPD had intentionally set Christopher Dorner's cabin on fire, would that have been a legal use of lethal force? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Mar 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me buy my first house!

My partner and I have saved a deposit of $50,000 to put down on a house. We're looking for a one bed flat around the Gastown area of Vancouver BC, which we may end up renting out while we move to the US for a couple of years for work, but I have no idea how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Feb 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Keep making progress in a shrinking field, or switch gears?

Lawyer getting great experience in a shrinking subspecialty. Work environment has flaws. Have the opportunity to move. Worried about grass being greener, frying pan/fire, etc. Special details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Tip that!

I serve tables at a restaurant (California), and management (large corporate chain) insists we declare 18% tips on sales (whatever the outcome of the night) or face reprimand... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Feb 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Can my stalker buy a gun?

So, this guy who has been stalking me for several years is not Brady-disqualified because we never had a domestic relationship, and he's not a felon. I already have a protective order. I'd like to know if he's disqualified from owning and buying firearms for some other reason related to his mental health or criminal history. Is there an easy way to find out whether or not somebody else is allowed to buy guns in the United States? I'm a lawyer but I don't know this.
posted by steinwald on Feb 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Using patent illustrations as game art - copyright issues?

I'm considering making a game that uses USPTO patent illustrations (from Context-Free Patent Art) as graphics. I've read the answers to Patents.Stackexchange: Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?, which suggests that if a graphic is not explicitly copyrighted, it can be freely reproduced. However, I have some concerns: [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Have legal fees ever been awarded from a motion that was withdrawn?

I am looking for some memorandum of law wherein attorney fees were awarded in a subsequent motion for costs that were incurred in a previous motion that was (involuntarily) withdrawn. Has this ever happened? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Feb 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Need an employments right lawyer STAT

A friend works overseas for a US-based defence contractor. He's been involved in a somewhat work-related incident in his country of work and his employer is, long story short, refusing to advise him, maybe even turning against him. Lots of details we don't want to put on the internet. Need to find a good attorney in the US that has specialization in working with employment rights, particularly in international situations for US based entities (not sure if the defence contractor part is relevant or not). If state matters, pick Texas.
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Victim's rights resources

I'd like to read more about the victim's rights movement and its impact on law, sentencing guidelines, and other matters. Bonus points: California. Bonus bonus points: a critical examination of the victim's rights movement that is comprehensible to a non-lawyer. Any suggestions?
posted by staboo on Feb 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Google hits and arrest records

I have a close friend who ran into some trouble with the law a couple of years ago. Now, when her name is Googled, her mug shot is pretty much the first hit. Is there a way to make this suck less for her and her young family?
posted by Optamystic on Feb 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Recent New York assault weapons law: I need clear information.

New York enacted the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Where can I find some clear, non-looney, information on how this effects me and my firearms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Do they need to go to court?

A colleague may have hired an illegal immigrant to work for her. This employee will not sign a W9 form. What is there to do? [more inside]
posted by jadegenie on Feb 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Which jurisdictions have databases of powers of attorney documents?

Which jurisdictions have databases of powers of attorney documents? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jan 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you charge different membership fees based soley on age?

A new private restaurant/club is opening in my Santa Monica, CA neighborhood. Membership fees are $1250/yr if you are under 30, $2000/yr if you are over 30. There is no justification stated for this policy, like the way auto insurance rates justify their age-based rates. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Can you please help me to free my car?

Hello Everyone, So my car is currently impounded at a private tow lot in New York City as it has been for the past 5 weeks. I only received notification from the police department by mail in the past few days. When I called up to the tow lot this morning and spoke with the general manager, he informed me that my car has already racked up almost $1400 (!) in storage fees at $27/day. (The police document said only $17/day). He also said that he had sent a package to me on 1/26, but I still haven't received it yet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2013 - 24 answers

History of Christianity(focus on Britain) for law degree.Where to start?

Hi. I was wondering if anyone here could help to recommend resources for a complete beginner to better understand the history of Christianity, etc so I may have a deeper, more contextualised understanding of british history and politics. Some stuff I'd like to know better are: [more inside]
posted by ethelwulf on Jan 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Trying to evade violent stalker, seeking feedback and advice

A woman I'm seeing has an ex who was abusive, and is now back in her life and an active violent threat. Help us respond appropriately. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2013 - 20 answers

Can a federal scientists become a lawyer?

Are there ways for a federal research scientist to attend law school and remain a government employee after graduating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Megaphone Nightmares

Preacher with a megaphone / bullhorn. Street legal in Seattle?
posted by mmdei on Dec 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Can my wife sue me for infidelity (and what does that even mean?)

Can my wife sue me for infidelity (and what does that even mean?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 23, 2012 - 11 answers

What happens in a stolen property dispute?

I run a business that sells used things. Someone came in and told me one of my used things was theirs. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 22 answers

should I call my old landlord about my security deposit?

Is it worth trying to get my security deposit back? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Dec 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Open-range ranching in Ontario

What is the situation regarding open-range ranching in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by jamincan on Dec 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Search warrant in Indiana

In the State of Indiana, is it legal for the police to stop you from entering your house while they are waiting to obtain a search warrant? Can you point me to any statutes or literature that addresses this issue?
posted by Ggardner on Dec 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Someone may be using my license information - what should I do?

Scam filter: An apartment finders made a copy of my license upon entering (before even filling out an application). I didn't end up using their service and asked for the copy of my license back. They made a bunch of excuses and then said that they shredded the copy of my license and showed me a bunch of shreddings. What can I do to protect my identity? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Dec 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Need a lawyer recommendation in DC.

Looking for a recommendation for a construction dispute lawyer and/or mediator for a property owner in Washington D.C.
posted by tinamonster on Dec 8, 2012 - 1 answer

I haven't used my ice scraper in ages, am I a Floridian now?

Alachua County, Florida lawyer needed to help with in-state tuition problems. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there a limit to how many times you can go to the Emergency Room?

Is there a limit to how many times you can go to the Emergency Room? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Twelve Angry Jurors (and four alternates)

Tell me all the secrets of voir dire. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Nov 30, 2012 - 7 answers

I am not this person and I do not endorse this product.

(UK law) A multinational confectioner has used my name to promote one of its products. Have my rights been infringed? Am I entitled to compensation? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Nov 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Relationship Drama

Couple living together. He is (verbally) abusive. He is not on the lease, does not pay rent. (GF/BF situation). The girl wants to get rid of him. What are her options? What are his rights? Does he have any? They live together probably over one year. City: NYC
posted by yoyo_nyc on Nov 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Questions about a court appearance.

How do I let a judge know I plan to take a driving course? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Nov 20, 2012 - 7 answers

I have exactly one problem

Last summer a U.S. law professor wrote a paper analyzing the legal issues raised by verse 2 of Jay-Z's 99 Problems (about a police traffic stop). If you were going to write a similar article about a Canadian song, what would you pick? [more inside]
posted by hayvac on Nov 16, 2012 - 11 answers

A stand against estate agents?

UK Estate Agents - worth taking a stand? [more inside]
posted by Marzipan on Nov 15, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I write a good moral character reference for my friend?

My about-to-be-a-lawyer friend has asked me to complete an affidavit as to her "good moral character." She is a great person and I'm sure she will be a great lawyer, but I'm not sure what exactly to write or how to phrase it. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on Nov 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Is it okay to include SSNs as part of an email address?

A local community college is considering new ways to format student email accounts to avoid problems arising from multiple students having the same name. One suggestion is to include the last four digits of the Social Security Number as part of the email address. I don't know anything about FERPA, but this doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Before I speak up on the issue, though, I was hoping someone here could provide me with some additional info on privacy laws.
posted by jackypaper on Nov 14, 2012 - 37 answers

Explain to me the operation of US criminal law.

Can you give me examples of varying criminal laws across the different states that comprise the USA? Can the federal government ensure consistency? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Nov 10, 2012 - 21 answers

NY Labor Law Prior to 2011

Where can I find a copy of the New York State Labor Law that was in effect prior to January 2011, specifically as is it pertains to hospitality workers and wage payments? This law was amended in 2011 and I need to see what it was changed from. If I can find this online, that would be great.
posted by mbx on Nov 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Charitable groups that fight voter suppression?

Help me give my Obama winnings to a good charity. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Nov 6, 2012 - 15 answers

I had a $500 MoneyPak stolen via hacker. I have some information. Can I catch em'?

A hacker redeemed my MoneyPak after viewing the scanned copy on my computer. They cashed it immediately via internet. Can I pursue a claim to obtain details and press charges? [more inside]
posted by aca.int on Oct 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Am I being legally surveilled?

My boss owns the apartment in which I reside. Above the front door is a large and ominous security camera replete with a bank of infrared lights. My comings and goings are recorded and accessible by not only the boss (who was unaware of its existence), but 2 other employees who have no right to watch what I do. Or do they? Can someone answer me: is this scenario legal?
posted by eedele on Oct 27, 2012 - 25 answers

Should I pay my NC traffic fine or go to court?

I got into a minor parking lot accident in North Carolina the same day I moved out of state for a new job. Should I pay a $25 traffic fine or hire a lawyer to represent me in traffic court and therefore keep a clean record? [more inside]
posted by toastedcheese on Oct 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Forget Westlaw

You read a lot of administrative court decisions. Which court has the most user friendly system for searching and finding decisions? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on Oct 13, 2012 - 4 answers

UK Employment LawFilter: missus made redundant during maternity leave

I'd like some advice on whether it's worth pursuing an ex-employer to tribunal for unlawful dismissal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Student loan forgiveness for people who actually have been paying their debt down?

I feel like I've paid enough interest on my student loan. Do any student-loan forgiveness plans exist for middle-class people who actually pay their bills and are not in default? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2012 - 10 answers

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