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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 12, 2021

Rule 55 Motion for Default for failure to plead or answer the complaint after proper service of process. Be aware that you may succeed in having default judgment entered on issues of liability, but damages will still have to be proven. Furthermore, defaults for failure to timey file a respnsive... Read more »

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Q: What state jurisdiction does revenge porn fall in if posted about American Citizen but in Mexico.

I had a fling for a couple of months in Mexico. I am an American living in DC and he is a Canadian. We fooled around and filmed it, I don't have a copy of the video. I noticed he posted it on his Only Fans without my explicit consent. He did crop my face out of the video and blur out both my... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 17, 2021

The video appears to have been consensually made, so in most jurisdiction the mere creation of the video would not be a crime. You would need to ask a lawyer in Mexico whether that country prohibits the making of sexually explicit videos when both parties consent. Otherwise, it would not be... Read more »

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Q: Does an "employee" in the code of federal regulations refer to active duty components (military, PHS, NOAA)?
Matthew T. Famiglietti
Matthew T. Famiglietti answered on Dec 21, 2020

Your question is not entirely clear, but a member of the military is a federal employee. Individuals who work for NOAA are federal employees as well. PHS helps aid federal agencies as the FDA and the CDC

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Q: As a citizen can you petition to have someone tried for treason?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 14, 2019

No. Treason is aiding and abetting another state actor to carry out war against his country of citizenship. It is narrowly defined, and only the US government can bring charges try someone for treason against the US.

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Q: Is there guidance on relying on citing caselaw that is current but that is now on appeal?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 8, 2019

I cite such cases and denote that they are on appeal. Opposing counsel is likely to know the disposition of any of the cases you contemplate using anyway; take that as a given. It's best to be forthright. Not mentioning a case's status as being on appeal is not likely to fool anyone, and... Read more »

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Q: What recourse do I have for being slander by my employer to congressional staffers/ hearing?

I work for a federal agency; a senior representative attended a meeting of enquiry on the Hill about an incident within the agency- at the location I direct/ oversee. The representatives did not have facts; instead, they blamed me for the negative outcome of the external investigation. I was asked... Read more »

Andrellos Mitchell
Andrellos Mitchell answered on May 7, 2019

It definitely sounds like you need to hire a lawyer before you respond on writing or in person. Everything going forward will be shaped by your employer and the narrative he/she wants to create. You need to carefully counter that narrative. It is best to have someone speak on your behalf when... Read more »

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Q: I'm trying to find the law which creates dllr police
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 20, 2018

Are you referring to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation? It’s an administrative agency, established by legislative enactment, and given authority to promulgate regulations to carry out its legislative mandate. Agency regulations appear in a separate repository than the statutory... Read more »

Q: Is it legal for our government to give billions of American taxpayers dollars to an illegally nuclear armed country.

Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons and refuses to allow inspections of their facilities and has not signed The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Not to mention, this is a hostile nation that has attacked the US military killing hundreds of American service men with no... Read more »

Andrellos Mitchell
Andrellos Mitchell answered on Aug 30, 2018

The U.S. Government has been giving Isreal Billions of dollars in foreign aid for many years and getting little in apparently it is legal.

Q: Can US citizens file a civil suit against a former senior member of the U.S. Government for negligence?

If so, is their case law?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 3, 2018

Anyone can sue for anything but a case that 1) is for a generalized harm 2) for a non-specific injury (e.g. he acted to limit our 2nd amendment rights) 3)is tolled by the statute of limitations 4) where the Federal Tort Claims Act was not complied with 5)or that concerns discretionary duties will... Read more »

Q: Is it illegal for news corporations like NBC to distribute fake news? Is it illegal for the White House to distribute?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 15, 2017

It depends on the facts. See: Also the President cannot commit crimes, obviously. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You... Read more »

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