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What is he constantly writing about?

What do judges do during trials aside from deciding on objections and keeping order in the court? I've been engrossed with the Conrad Murray trial and I've noticed the judge is almost always writing on a legal pad. What's he writing?
posted by allseeingabstract on Oct 31, 2011 - 11 answers

What Are Best Practices for Landlords in Pittsburgh?

I am buying a 3-family house. One unit has tenants. This is in Pittsburgh, PA. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Oct 31, 2011 - 15 answers

Oooo what's that smell?!

Drug Filter: How do to keep the smell from being noticed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2011 - 22 answers

Can I smoke on the stairs across from my apartment?

There are some nice stairs with some sculptures on them across from my apartment (leading up to a parking garage), open to the public. People and security guards sit there and lounge and smoke cigarettes frequently (I can see from my apartment) However when I sit there or smoke cigarettes there, a security guard always tells me it is closed (no matter what time, most recently 4:30PM on a Saturday, sometimes after work like 6:30 on a Tuesday) and I cannot sit there. But isn't it public space? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Oct 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Is this legal?

Has someone violated my rights? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Oct 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Real estate: can our seller back out of the contract since we were late in satisfying a Notice to Perform?

We're in escrow on a house in southern CA, and were recently the unhappy recipients of a Notice to Buyer to Perform (or more accurately our realtor was, by email.) We got the contingencies lifted but did not quite do so within the 48 hour period dictated by the form, and now the seller wants out. Can they now back out legally? [more inside]
posted by contraption on Oct 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Florida timing rules for civil motions?

Florida law question: Dear Florida litigators, is there a general rule governing the deadline by which a party must file a Response or an Opposition to a motion in a civil action (e.g. X days before the hearing)? I've looked at the Florida Rules of Court and didn't find a rule on point. But I'd be gobsmacked if there wasn't a rule of some kind.
posted by KimikoPi on Oct 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Legal issues of writing a book about a video game?

What legal issues might I run into when writing an instructional guide book for a video game? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Oct 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Academic Sources on Community Broadband needed

Can anyone help me find academic or empirical sources to reference/cite in a law paper about state laws that prohibit local communities from building their own broadband networks? [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Oct 13, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I prepare for the public defender interviewing and hiring process?

I'm in the process of interviewing for entry-level public defender positions, through both individual offices and fellowship programs. Can anyone offer any tips specific to interviews for this type of position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 - 1 answer

Citizens United and 100 Years of Law?

How does the Citizens United ruling "roll back 100 years of law"? As far as I can tell, it only allows corporations (= companies and unions) to do in the 30 or 60 day run-up period before an election what they've always been able to do before those cutoff dates.
posted by luke1249 on Oct 5, 2011 - 32 answers

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job.

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Sep 28, 2011 - 60 answers

Help a 2L pick a law firm

I am a second-year law student choosing between a few law firms to work at next summer and, fingers crossed, after I graduate, and would love any feedback that the law-folk (and other esteemed AskMe contributors with relevant life experience) may be able to offer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Would law degree enhance HR masters degree?

I am currently a mid-level associate at a prominent New York law firm specializing in benefits and compensation. I am not cut out for working at a big law firm long term and there have not been many alternate opportunities lately that would be satisfying to me (i.e. working at a pension fund, compensation consultant, in-house positions). I enjoy many aspects of my field, but not the law firm lifestyle. I am considering going back to school to get a degree in human resources and am wondering if my JD and background in benefits and compensation law would help me secure a human resources job. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Sep 26, 2011 - 8 answers

It's quittin' time!

I'm a lawyer, and I've spent my entire legal career at big Vault 25 multinational firms doing transactional work. In 2012, I want a new job. For those of you who left Big Law (or made other left turns from your legal career), how do you tell whether you just don't like your working environment or whether you should get out of law altogether? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) on Sep 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Does anyone know of any books or articles that discuss the legality of America's Declaration of Independence?

Does anyone know of any books or articles that discuss the legality of America's Declaration of Independence?
posted by raynax on Sep 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Need your help

My boyfriend is about to face a court date next week for a furnishing alcohol to a minor charge.... he would gladfully face punishment for this crime, however, he didn't furnish alcohol to a minor. The prosecutor wants him to accept the plea agreement and not waste anyone's time. My boyfriend just doesn't want it on his record. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Sep 22, 2011 - 44 answers

Bad bra. Now what?

In late July my wife bought a bra from a national retail chain. She wore it one day and was left with a painful large welt/wound on both sides that made it uncomfortable to wear any bra for three weeks. When she explained what happened to the store, they put her in touch with their corporate offices. The welt/wound has mostly healed, although some red areas are still visible and there is some mild throbbing and more-than-occasional itching. She saw a dermatologist who said that there may be some permanent discoloration. The corporate rep indicated that they'd pay for the doctor's visit, although there really wasn't any out-of-pocket cost because the visit was covered by my insurance. Beyond this, can she expect some kind of compensation for the pain, inconvenience and continued problems? What's the best way to go about asking the company? Do we need a lawyer? How do we find one?
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I classify a new sales position?

As an employer in WA state is it better for me to classify a new position as a independent contractor or as an 'outside salesperson'? How do I find out? [more inside]
posted by bq on Sep 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Hypothetically was this person fired?

[Hypothetical Employment Legal Filter] In the following hypothetical employment situation, is the law being broken? If so where? Is it legally worth pursuing this and putting a hypothetical person’s business prospects in jeopardy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Health note topic?

I need to write my law school note on a health law issue. Do you have any suggestions for a timely or interesting topic? [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs on Sep 11, 2011 - 28 answers

Any efforts to organize laws in wiki format?

How about a wiki for laws, reflecting their most current state? [more inside]
posted by harwons on Sep 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Is public nudity illegal?

Is artistic public nudity protected as free speech in the US and elsewhere? Common suggests to me that it is illegal, public indecency, but how can it be so given the long tradition of nudes in art? Does the context of public nudity matter?
posted by tnygard on Sep 3, 2011 - 13 answers

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it?

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Meth Lab Blues

Meth Lab Blues. [more inside]
posted by HabeasCorpus on Aug 29, 2011 - 7 answers

US Tax Law Change for Americans Living Abroad

As a US citizen, living and working abroad for many years, I recently heard of a new law that I must file tax returns on the US by Aug 31, 2011 or face a penalty. Anyone know about this? If US citizens live and pay taxes abroad, they generally are exempt up to $91,500.
posted by foxinsocks on Aug 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Bait 'n Switch

I either need to drop it or get a lawyer. Tell me which one. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Aug 24, 2011 - 32 answers

What's the plea bargain process for traffic offenses?

I recently got a ticket for careless driving and I have to appear in court soon. Can somebody explain the plea bargain process and offer some clarification for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Legal wizards: How do I find out if these divorce papers are real?

Legal wizards: How do I find out if these divorce papers are real? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Aug 17, 2011 - 17 answers

China / law filter:

Has anyone attended the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Beijing? I'm not a lawyer or an academic, but I am interested in learning more about property rights in China. Should I attend?
posted by quidividi on Aug 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Who owns sidewalk tree planters in New York City? The city, or the owners of the building the sidewalk abuts?

Who owns sidewalk tree planters in New York City? The city, or the owners of the building the sidewalk abuts? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Aug 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Need Forensic Text Message Extraction

I am an attorney. I do employment law. I have a sexual harassment case where my client is the victim. There are potential criminal aspects to this case. I need to know how best to preserve text messages and to prevent them from being deleted. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Aug 15, 2011 - 34 answers

How does international law work?

What laws would govern the use of a fake Canadian ID in the USA? [more inside]
posted by 932 on Aug 12, 2011 - 4 answers

NYC employment contracts

My brother is negotiating a private sector job here in NYC (on a Green Card) and had a question about employment contracts. [more inside]
posted by Doggiebreath on Aug 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Can my wife, who signed the divorce decree, rescind on an uncontested divorce less than 24 hours before it would be finalized?

My wife decided to contest the divorce less than 24 hours before it would have been finalized. She had already signed all of the decrees. [more inside]
posted by mephesta on Aug 8, 2011 - 28 answers

I'm no buccaneer, and I'm not trying to hornswaggle anyone, but I would like to hang the RIAA from the yardarm.

Are there any significant US organizations similar to Piratbyrån? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Aug 6, 2011 - 1 answer

Advice on rent increase

Advice on rent increase in Cambridge, MA, USA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Special snowflake thinks she can go to law school

I still want to be a human rights lawyer. Is this crazy? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Jul 28, 2011 - 24 answers

Going medieval on DC's ass

DCLaw/OrdinanceFilter: Is carrying a torch and pitchfork in Washington, D.C. illegal? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jul 27, 2011 - 13 answers

Living on the Edge... of Canadia

I'd like to move (from the USA) to Toronto for a year or so. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jul 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Is this political donation legal?

Is it legal for me to post a video to Youtube saying I will give a lot of money to a political party if a favored bill of mine becomes law? [more inside]
posted by blargerz on Jul 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Help get my money from landlord's LLCs.

Help getting money out of an LLC or two. Deadbeat (but business-savy?) landlord. [more inside]
posted by jjbb on Jul 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Does The Uk Recognize US state-level Same Sex Marriages

I'm a dude going to marry a dude in New York State. Said dude I am going to marry is a resident alien from the UK. Will the UK recognize the marriage? Does he become an American Citizen by marrying him? Does that counteract his UK citizenship? What are my rights, here?
posted by The Whelk on Jul 20, 2011 - 27 answers

Client won't pay what they owe...

What are all my options if a client won't pay my invoices in a timely manner? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Jul 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Okay, no upskirt shots, got it. What else?

What are the photography laws in South Korea? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Jul 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Is it worth forming an LLC and in which state?

I'd been wanting to form a corporaton for a long time. So many benefits it seems:
  • track business expenses for income-tax deductions
  • protect assets against law-suits
  • gain credibility for certain transactions
  • privacy
  • But all the gory details are getting me down... [more inside]
    posted by markhu on Jul 18, 2011 - 20 answers

    NYC labor lawyer sought

    I'm looking for a labor lawyer in New York City, preferably north Brooklyn area ( but anywhere is fine). Any suggestions? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2011 - 5 answers

    What should I look out for in a shareholders agreement?

    I am co-owner of a (very) small company, and the lead owner's attorney has prepared a shareholders agreement that I'll be reviewing this week. While I expect it to be a standard document and possibly even a standard form, I still want to be aware of what I'm signing. What are some key provisions I should look out for? [more inside]
    posted by scottso17 on Jul 13, 2011 - 5 answers

    I ain't passed the bar but i know a little bit

    Law-related song suggestions? [more inside]
    posted by granted on Jul 9, 2011 - 49 answers

    Filming on mass transit in Toronto, Canada. Legal?

    Filming on mass transit in Toronto, Canada. Legal? ... A friend of a friend of mine was on a Toronto streetcar when a fellow passenger complained about the delay to the driver. The driver threw a fit and decided the passenger had to leave or she wouldn't drive on. The passenger refused. The driver called an inspector. The inspector sided with the driver (of course). My friend captured this on her cell phone video. When the inspector sees the camera (which was in clear view the entire time) he walks over and smashes the camera out of her hand (he didn't ask her to turn it off first). My friend wants to post the video but is unaware if filming on the transit system in the city is illegal as faces are clearly visible. I saw the video and was shocked and want it spread wide. Legally, what's the situation? [more inside]
    posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 6, 2011 - 8 answers

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