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Why Indonesian legislators uses unnecessarily complex language to prohibit sex with someone under 18?

I asked this question in law stackexchange https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/66692/what-is-the-age-of-consent-in-indonesia-15-or-18/66734?noredirect=1#comment140293_66734 Basically, rather than ...
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Which crimes are the most common cause for the death penalty in China?

Which crimes are the most common cause for the death penalty in China? I recently came across this video of a mass execution in China, most of the "criminals" seem to be young ladies. This ...
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What stops someone from building on unused land under socialism? [closed]

From what I gather you can own a house but can’t own the land the house sits on under socialism, or for that matter no one owns any land. Does this mean that all unused land is free to build on? What ...
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If a Congressional representative is arrested, does their seat become vacant?

There is news about a congressman who is accused of certain very serious crimes. However I have heard that it is legally possible for someone to run for congress from prison even if they are currently ...
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If the majority of people doesn't want to comply to a measure that is supposed to be taken for their own good can the measure be made obligatory? [closed]

I read the question of why vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine is not made obligatory. I think this would be different if fewer people were willing to take the vaccine. Or would this still be the ...
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What is the latest time a House seat can be filled in Florida via special election?

I have suspicions on a particular House member in Florida being forced to leave office. (I will not disclose who it is because it is not relevant to this question but your guess is probably correct.) ...
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Is there political pressure coming from developed countries against developing countries that don't have a relaxed software patent law system?

In China it used to be difficult to patent software without a hardware element, but recently they relaxed their laws to allow for a lot of patent software being claimed by private companies. Now, I am ...
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UK Government's contract award ruled illegal. What are the consequences?

As widely reported (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57413115) the UK Government was found to have acted illegally in awarding a contract to associates of Michael Gove (the minister who ...
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Are there states/countries where price gouging is completely legal? [migrated]

According to Wikipedia: As of March 2021, 42 states have emergency regulations or price-gouging statutes ... Some states that do not have a specific statute addressing price gouging, can nevertheless ...
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Why aren't countries ignoring COVID-19 patents and are instead waiting for a patent waiver?

Why aren't countries ignoring COVID-19 patents and are instead waiting for a patent waiver? There's already advanced discussions about a patent waiver for vaccines, so why aren't countries just ...
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Can EU countries mandate vaccinations?

US version of this question What I am asking is if a country in the EU, following the rules of the EU could mandate vaccinations amongst their citizens? (the age of citizens might make a difference as ...
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What are the political factors that make it hard for countries to agree on a mechanism that will prevent tax evasion?

What are the political factors that make it hard for countries to agree on a mechanism that will prevent tax evasion? The idea was discussed for so long and yet nothing was done to prevent it. What ...
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Is Israel prejudiced against Jews that are atheists?

From this answer, (emphasis added by me) Whether a Jew can cease being Jewish is a controversial topic. In the eyes of the Israeli state it is possible, but probably requires a religious conversion. ...
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What would be the *political* ramifications of a former US President being charged under state law?

The State of New York, for example has an attorney general who said that there will be an investigation into Trump's activities. There are rumors that this type of action could eventually result in ...
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Can a country be held responsible for a crime committed by a private company?

Can a country be held responsible for a crime committed by a private company? Let's say a private security company in Syria like Blackwater https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwater_(company) committed ...
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Can international and multilateral institutions such as the IMF be punished for any wrongdoing?

Can international and multilateral institutions such as the IMF be punished for any wrongdoing? I am wondering if international law has any power over institutions such as the IMF. Let's say that some ...
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Does the Senate violate Reynolds v Sims?

There was a landmark US Supreme Court case in 1964 called Reynolds vs. Sims. It states that voting districts for state legislative chambers must have equal population in every state. This raises the ...
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Why is South Korea more willing to jail ex-presidents than other countries like the United States? [closed]

https://www.aei.org/foreign-and-defense-policy/asia/south-koreas-troubling-history-of-jailing-ex-presidents/ Why is South Korea more willing to jail ex-presidents than other countries like the United ...
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What options do state governments have when the local DA declines to prosecute a case?

Hypothetically, a resident of a large city in state X is accused of committing a crime of small to moderate severity. The local district attorney decides, for whatever reason, to not prosecute, and ...
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Are there federal systems where federal laws do not have primacy?

The powers are distributed in a federal system. But often, the jurisdiction of the federal government and that of the state/province/etc. can intersect for a particular subject matter (e.g. federal ...
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Is there any country whose laws would explicitly allow or disallow mandatory vaccinations for adults

After reading this question about the possibility to impose mandatory vaccinations in the US I wondered what is the situation around the world apart from the US. Mandatory treatment is forbidden by ...
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Can the federal government mandate vaccinations?

Would a federal vaccine mandate violate the rights of the states, or would it be within the scope of the federal government.
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Why doesn't the FBI crack down on websites allowing cartoon child pornography?

In the United States, visual depictions (such as drawings) of child abuse images is illegal provided they are ruled as obscene. This would make things like lolicon/shotacon (a type of cartoon child ...
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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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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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How can a government be legitimate? [closed]

In Myanmar, there are now two governments: (1) military government and (2) community representing government called (National Unity Government - NUG) formed from Charter by Community Representing ...
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How many constitutions refer to the Declaration of the Rights of Man?

I'm curious how many countries cite the document in their own constitution, as I'm aware that some do (Senegal, for example). Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
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Right of attendance at a Parish Council Meeting [closed]

My Parish Council has chosen to hold a face to face meeting on 12th April in the village hall. Parishioners have been sent an email saying that it is probably not legal for them to attend due to covid ...
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Does Florida have a tenant-friendly political system?

I am originally from the Northeastern part of the United States and it was my experience for those times that I have been a tenant that there was plenty of legal recourse and attorneys willing to get ...
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Is the United States Constitution owned by the people or by the government? [closed]

For example, if a US citizen used part of the Constitution in an essay would that person not need to cite it?
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Meaning of article 22 and 7 of the UN charter (about organs of the UN)

In my opinion, article 22 and part of 7 of the UN charter seem a bit vague, and I can’t understand exactly what they means. Article 22 is: The General Assembly may establish such subsidiary organs as ...
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Why isn't there an inquiry into the assassination of Malcolm X, given that there is solid evidence of a conspiracy by the FBI targetting him?

Raymond Wood, a former NYPD undercover officer, in a death-bed confession, admitted to being part of a conspiracy to target Malcolm X. He stated that he was part of a conspiracy by the NYPD to trap ...
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Can the Supreme Court strike down parts of laws or can they only strike down entire laws even if only some parts of them are unconstitutional?

Basically a line item veto, but for declaring laws unconstitutional.
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What would the repercussions be for individual Lawmakers if they had actually been communicating with the 'mob' outside the capitol on January 6?

If on January 6, 2021 Senators or Congress people from within the Capitol building had been communicating with the mob outside, what could be the consequences for these actions? To make matters even ...
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Has the freedom of speech been compromised in the US? [duplicate]

Freedom of speech is defined as: The right to express any opinion in public without censorship or restraint by the government, protected in the United States as a right under the First Amendment to ...
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Argument for why the electoral clause was not violated by balloting changes related to Covid-19

The electoral clause (article II, section I, clause 2) of the U.S. constitution states: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to ...
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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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Do other countries provide police the same degree of immunity that USA police officers have?

In the USA, police have a high degree of immunity for their actions in the line of duty. It is nearly impossible to sue an individual officer due to qualified immunity, and one can't sue a precinct ...
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Can the US President veto a repeal?

Under Article 1 Section 7 of the US Constitution, the President has the authority to veto any piece of legislation passed by Congress (and Congress can override the veto with a 2/3 majority in both ...
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Does US Federal Law explicitly prohibit election misinformation?

According to the latest rumor about pro-Trump influencer arrested on charges of conspiring with others in advance of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to use various social media platforms to ...
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What happens if election fraud is found after a president is elected? [duplicate]

A proportion of Donald Trump's supporters believe that the presidential election that has recently led to Joe Biden being sworn in was fraudulent. As I recall, numerous states, such as Arizona, are ...
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Which senator largely singlehandedly defeated the repeal of the Logan Act?

A long article on the Logan Act mentions this failed attempt to repeal it, during the Carter administration: After decades of deflecting Logan Act entreaties, an exasperated Department of Justice ...
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Would alleged 3 weeks of talks between Biden and Iran violate Logan act?

As per Le Figaro (a French newspaper), Biden officials have been in talks with Iran for the past 3 weeks - which means 3 weeks before inauguration. Would that violate the Logan Act? (assuming the ...
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Does all military authority come from the President?

If the President were to order it person who reports directly to them, it would be expected that they follow that order assuming it's legal and ethical, but does the President have the power to give ...
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Pardoning US military commanders

Question Can a future president fully pardon any military commanders convicted of or charged with insubordination or any similar crime for refusing to follow orders of a current POTUS to take ...
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Can members of the military resign if they do not want to follow an order without punishment?

If a solider were ordered to go to war and they thought the war was very bad for the country, could they just resign or would they still be punished for not following the order?
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What checks and balances are there to stop the Supreme Court from grossly misinterpreting the constitution?

If the Supreme Court were to rule that they have the power to impeach and convict the president because they are supposed to make sure the constitution is not violated or ruling that the first ...
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Is there any situation where a person who admitted to breaking the law in the interest of the United States can not be convicted legally? [closed]

For example when the bombs were dropped on Japan which killed innocent civilians, but the people in the military responsible for it was not punished seemingly because ending the war was believed to be ...
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How immune are Supreme Court justices or other high ranking judicial officials from punishment for crimes committed during their official duties?

I am aware that members of Congress have some immunities and so do the President and Vice President, but what about Supreme Court justices or federal prosecutors for example?
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Can a piece of EU legislation have (unrelated) “riders”?

In relation to this popular q, I don't recall seeing riders in EU legislation or the matter even being discussed in relation to it, so I'm guessing some form of single-subject rule is enforced even if ...

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