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You have the right to remain silent, but why?

Many countries have laws that protect a suspect (or anyone else) from being forced to self-incrimination. For example USA have that codified in the fifth amendment and it's mentioned in the Miranda ...
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What makes "Voter ID laws" so controversial in the US?

As a European, I am always baffled by the concept that requiring an ID to vote is so controversial in the US, for me is one of the most "natural" things. I hear that it is because obtaining an ID in ...
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What specifically did Michael Flynn do wrong?

These are the three things which I understand about the situation: He potentially discussed sanctions with a Russian ambassador He misrepresented or lied about his conversations with the Russian ...
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Why is the US still heavily relying on cash bails?

According to this article there seem to be serious downsides to heavily usage of money (cash) bails (emphasis mine): In effect, the cash bail system criminalizes poverty, as people who are unable to ...
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Can I (a random person in the world) be prosecuted under the new Hong Kong security law?

According to Amnesty International, the new Hong Kong security law "applies to everyone on the planet". I quote: The wording of the Hong Kong national security law asserts jurisdiction over ...
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Why won't Donald Trump do something about "fake news"?

Donald Trump continues to smash fake news on rallies and speeches, meanwhile news (whether fake or not, you can decide yourself) are slamming the president with one story after another. I personally ...
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What are the implications of the EARN IT Act?

On the face of it, the EARN IT Act of 2020 appears to be a bill to protect against online exploitation of children by creating a National Commission for that purpose. However, the Electronic Frontier ...
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Why is Poland's proposed Holocaust speech law so controversial?

From what I understood, the law focuses on 2 things: Calling death camps located in Nazi-occupied Poland "Polish death camps". Blaming Poland as a nation for the Holocaust. It seems only the second ...
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How do some countries make political laws against the burka but not against nun habits?

Throughout Europe, in recent years, the issue of the muslim burka and its potential ban has often been discussed. I have heard a couple of reasons at most, and they all pretty much sum up to 'burka -...
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What is the motivation for a law requiring 2 parties to consent for recording a conversation

I asked this question in the law site, but I was told it has more to do with politics (same question in the law site). Let's assume A and B have a discussion about a business deal and A will record ...
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Can the president of the United States be guilty of insider trading?

For almost one year now, I have closely observed developments on stock markets. I mainly focused on major indices such as the Dow Jones and DAX (I am from Germany). Both indices suffered losses during ...
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Could a US President abuse their pardon powers to unilaterally make laws?

For instance, if I really hate littering, and I somehow become President of the United States, could I effectively make littering a capital offense by promising to immediately pardon anyone who kills ...
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If Roe is overturned, what is the legality of laws prohibiting crossing state lines for abortion?

States such as Missouri are planning to make it illegal for a citizen of Missouri to go to a different state to get an abortion if Roe is ultimately overturned. It attempts to evade legal challenge by ...
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Why are US student loans nearly impossible to remove via bankruptcy?

In the United States it is very hard to get rid of student loans. They cannot be discharged in bankruptcy except for under extenuating circumstances. I find that bizarre given how people are ...
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Does the Japanese government not have the authority to cancel the Olympics?

An article talks about how Japan recently declared a third state of emergency due to the pandemic, most people in Japan don't want the 2020 Olympics to take place, and how their health care system is ...
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Does the Taliban government of Afghanistan have a written legal code?

Since the Taliban took effective control of Afghanistan in 2021, I've been reading various sources claiming that they are restricting the movements of women and girls in public, but it is unclear if ...
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Why would interracial marriages need legal protection in USA in 2022?

Today it was in the news (for example at the Washington Post) that the U.S. Senate has passed a bill to protect interracial marriages. Among other things, this bill would require that people are ...
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Why is bestiality illegal in the United States?

This is a question I have wondered more than once while browsing statute. Many states have laws against bestiality. For the life of me, I have never heard of this practice actually occurring and I ...
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What is the point of prohibiting currently impossible things?

I treat reproductive human cloning as one of such things. Current technology is far from a success, and reproductive human cloning does not seem to be a near future possibility. So, any law against ...
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Is it legal in the UK for politicians to lie to the public for political gain?

Is there any legal ground to prosecute a politician for lying to the public where their lie gave them political gain?
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Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols?

NOTE: to narrow down the question, I will make the following narrowing: Nazi symbols: salute and the swastika used in clear connection to Nazi (i.e. not this one) Communist symbols: hammer and sickle ...
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Why are legal decisions in the US so politicized?

(Not sure if this should be on the Law.SE. I'm guessing the answer is more political than legal, hence I'm asking it here.) Example WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A difficult political atmosphere for ...
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What are the implications of Hungary's emergency coronavirus bill?

Today, Hungary's parliament voted by 137 to 53 to enact the new COVID-19 bill, which apparently grants Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sweeping powers, in order to allow Hungary to deal with the crisis. ...
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What is the purpose behind having public holidays in modern times?

As far as I understand, public holidays were originally a way of letting workers rest during the year, as well as celebrating major religious events. Nowadays workers are usually entitled to a few ...
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What is the oldest law still in force?

In particular, what is the oldest piece of written law (whether statute, constitution, decree or similar) that is still in force somewhere in the world? Alongside that, what is the oldest law still ...
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How did George W. Bush make torture legal and what did Obama undo?

In the George W. Bush era, how did government organizations get away with using torture? Obviously it was illegal. What legislation did they pass, and what did Obama undo? In this article, it talks ...
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Is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact constitutional?

I read recently that Colorado will have a version of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact on their ballot in November. Considering that this bill functionally eliminates the Electoral College, ...
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Why is the punishment for dowry crimes so severe in comparison to other forms of extortion?

Dowry (where the parents of the bride pay the parents of the groom), in India has a minimum sentence of 5 years even for non aggressive and non-coerced dowry. This is in comparison to other violent ...
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What is the difference between something being completely legal and being completely decriminalized? [closed]

What are the specific differences between something being legal and decriminalized, especially if it is labeled as completely legal/decriminalized? What examples of this exist?
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Can a President mandate Upvotes?

This image is from when Barack Obama (the then serving president) thanked Reddit for helping protect the open internet. Thanks Redditors! Wish I could upvote every one of you for helping keep the ...
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Why is avoidance of judicial review of the Texas abortion law and other future US state laws so concerning to the US department of justice?

From CNN's video coverage of US Attorney General Merrick Garland announcement of its lawsuit against the state of Texas: Q: ...several GOP lawmakers who said that they will follow Texas’ lead, and I ...
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What purpose do anti-Polygamy laws serve?

Question title says it all really. Polygamy is illegal in most US states, here in Britain and also no doubt many countries elsewhere, but why? What are the political motivators for this, especially in ...
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Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?

In the USA, Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned by the government. What is the reason?
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy? [duplicate]

Polygamy is a crime in many liberal countries (such as all 27 countries of the European Union). It is theoretically victimless, however. Why then would a liberal country criminalize it? Things I can ...
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Why can't laws be shorter?

The Constitution of United States and the amendments contains 7,591 words. Assuming it was typed out in a normal font and size that's about 27 pages (275 words a page). The Constitution creates a ...
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Could a Senator commit perjury if they swear the oath at the impeachment trial in the senate?

A Senator is on record of having explicitly stated "I'm not an impartial juror" in regards to the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. Another Senator said, "I am trying to give a pretty clear ...
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Why is Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment trial relevant?

During President Trump's impeachment trial the White House counsel have sought bringing Hunter Biden in several times for testimony. How is Hunter Biden's testimony relevant, opposed to that of John ...
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Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies?

Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies? It happened in Zimbabwe in 2019 for example. How about other countries? I'm also interested in broader answers, like governments ...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to allow electric scooters / e-rollers on the roads?

According to Telegraph Germany has just issued a law that allows electrical scooters on the roads: Germany has become the latest country to approve the use of electric scooters on its roads as ...
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Appeal process for being designated a "Terrorist Group" (Canada)

Yesterday, the office of Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness designated 13 groups as "Terrorist Groups". According to CBC, the result is that it is not necessarily ...
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Could Boris Johnson face criminal charges for illegally proroguing Parliament?

Since the UK Supreme Court has ruled that the proroguing of the UK Parliament was illegal, is Boris Johnson personally culpable? Does this depend on whether the UK Parliament and its democratic ...
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Is there a documented rationale why the House Ways and Means chairman can demand tax info?

The BBC says: House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal said failure to comply with the new deadline would be interpreted as a denial of request. One of Mr Trump's top aides said last week that the ...
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Why are there laws for victimless 'crimes'

Shouldn't laws only stop one from harming other (socially, physically etc)? What is the purpose of other laws? For example, if an individual takes drugs without causing harm to others - what gives ...
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Are there proposals for preserving ballot secrecy when a candidate scores 100% in a very small polling station?

In the 2020 United States Presidential Election in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, Joe Biden received 5 votes and Donald Trump received 0 votes. Biden received 100% of votes cast. In the 2016 United ...
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Why didn't a conservative majority SCOTUS repeal Roe v. Wade before 2022?

I'm ignorant of the judicial branch, and I have a question, which I would like answered irrespective of the "pro-choice" or "pro-life" debate and focused on the workings of the ...
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Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial?

Sorry if this is a stupid question. I am not an American (i.e. Canadian) and I was speaking to a friend today and he told me that apparently Obama passed a law last year that gives the president the ...
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What policy arguments do people make in favor of legalizing marijuana?

I am not asking why people want marijuana legal, I am asking what arguments people make that legalizing marijuana would be beneficial to a society?
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Why is the West concerned about the enforcement of certain attire on women in Afghanistan but unconcerned about similar European policy?

France, Canada and other countries have introduced hijab bans - bans on essential Islamic dress that hijab-practicing Muslim women cannot appear in public without. Adding to this the proposed values ...
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How come Gerrymandering is still legal?

I just came across a post on tumblr including some congressional district borders. How come state courts do not outright throw this out through the window for not following the compactness rule? I ...
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Why isn't the concept of diplomatic immunity rejected?

Diplomatic immunity says that diplomats cannot be prosecuted in the country they are visiting as a diplomat for. It can be interpreted as saying that diplomats are above the law in the country they ...
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