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June 26

Tips on seeing magistrate for protective order

Tomorrow i'm going to see the magistrate to try to get a protective order. I am in Virginia, and the police have already verbally issued an order and told her she'd be arrested if she contacted me. No physical violence has occurred. I do not need general legal or safety advice, but I've never petitioned a magistrate before for this and don't know what to expect. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 8:58 PM - 4 answers

June 24

List of environmental activists in Chinese prison?

Is there an updated list of environmental activists currently (or have been) in prison in China?
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM - 0 answers

June 23

How to get a bank account if you are technically homeless?

My friend has no fixed residence, and either couchsurfs with friends or stays in AirBNB places in NYC. He is the happiest person I know, and all his possessions fit in his backpack. But - his bank found out that the address he gave them was a UPS mailbox and not an actual address, and terminated his account. This has introduced an element of sadness to his otherwise happy life. How can he get an account? [more inside]
posted by Vatnesine at 12:53 PM - 7 answers

June 22

Legalfilter- Property Line, Fences and Who Pays to Survey?

The basics are that a new adjacent owner has a different view of where our mutual property lines are and they want to move ahead swiftly with their new plans. I think they might be correct, but there are a lot of conflicting pieces of information. I want to know (1) how hard I should push my claim given what we're fighting over, (2) how to slow him down in the meantime and (3) what the law says about the chances I'll succeed. [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 7:00 PM - 10 answers

June 21

Reading about Canada's notwithstanding clause

I'm looking for recommendations on a good book on the Canadian constitution and/or the notwithstanding clause in particular.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:10 PM - 8 answers

What to expect at a medical malpractice trial....

After years of legal wrangling a malpractice lawsuit related to the death of my father seems to be going to trial next week. Could anyone offer any suggestions for what we should expect to see, hear maybe even feel during the trial? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM - 4 answers

birthright birthleft birthnorth birthsouth

My wife and I are expecting our first child and we recently learned of Canada's birthright citizenship policy. We're wondering if this is something we should be thinking about or pursuing, and are seeking any information, factual or anecdotal, about the process, downsides, stigmas, etc. [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 5:25 AM - 20 answers

June 17

Where can I see examples of photos and video of radical street art?

Does anyone know any good Twitter or Instagram accounts of radical street art, graffiti, stickers, propaganda, etc.? I'm looking for stuff on the streets, in use, in marches, tagged, etc.
posted by crocodiletsunami at 3:54 PM - 3 answers

June 15

Fighting U.S. concentration camps

Are any organizations fighting against the U.S. concentration camps? I am thinking of through courts or protests. I would like to support that effort through donations or otherwise. I am a U.S. citizen, in case that makes any difference. [more inside]
posted by NotLost at 8:49 PM - 4 answers

June 14

Paris street photography in 1800s.. illegal?

In the street photography book "Bystander" there is a passing reference to a ban on street/public photography in Paris in the 1800s, resulting in a relative gap of work between Nègre and Atget.. having difficulty finding more info about this law. Any insight?
posted by starman at 6:59 AM - 9 answers

June 9

Are NYC lease buyout advisors a good idea?

I'm considering asking my New York City landlord to buy out my rent-stabilized lease. One is generally advised to retain a lawyer for this, but in the last year or so a few specialist buyout agents have sprung up. Because they're so new, I can't tell if they are a good idea or a scam. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM - 6 answers

June 6

Mass copyright switcheroo

For the last few years, I've been doing a multimedia comedic performance of rather small scale (10-40 people/show) that uses a boatload of copyrighted images. Since I never considered recording it, posting it online, claiming those images as my own, or generally profiting from their use outside of the paltry $5-$10 I would get for a performance, I never really considered it a problem. Cut to this week, where I've found myself staring down the barrel of a taping. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 7:52 PM - 7 answers

UK law regarding hourly wages and arrival time at employment.

If my UK employer says that they expect me to arrive at my my workplace before my shift in order to login to systems and prepare my workspace beforehand, am I entitled to decline and/or request payment for this time? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 4:34 AM - 8 answers

June 4

Employment Lawyer in Seattle

Please recommend an employment lawyer in the Seattle area. Especially interested in folks experienced with the tech industry and ageism.
posted by anonymous at 10:19 PM - 1 answers

Should I leave the political party I joined?

So I'm really conflicted about this. I joined a new political party because I wanted to help out, build influence and learn but I'm really starting to wonder if there's any point. [more inside]
posted by Braxis at 2:05 PM - 11 answers

Background checks in 2019

I need to do a one-time, thorough background check on someone, including finding out the name and address of a separated spouse. How does an individual do that these days? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:50 AM - 2 answers

Where do I start in getting a patent?

I'm in New York City and have developed a process for a visual product that I want to know if it can be patented. I've never done this before and have no idea where to start. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 9:45 AM - 3 answers

June 2

Any books on Turing that focus on the trial/his identity?

My LGBT-identified kid is trying to research Turing's chemical castration, but having a really difficult time - she's been reading book after book, but most of them focus on other aspects of his life and mention the trial only in passing. Is there a good book - preferably for Kindle - that goes into this in more depth or uses the 2016 court records release?
posted by corb at 2:23 PM - 9 answers

June 1

Confusing current national issue #49985787002231

Why do economic conservatives like Trump? [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 9:13 AM - 18 answers

May 31

School Physical Abuse of a Disabled Child

This is in New Jersey. I don't want to go into details except to say there was no sexual abuse, just physical. My child is fine. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 1:39 PM - 15 answers

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