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Q: Can I be sued from someone outside the US?

I am located in the USA. Someone living in Spain, is threatening to sue me for "defamation" in regards to something I wrote about them on my personal Twitter account. Can they sue me from their country, and aren't my opinions written on my personal Twitter account protected by the Free Speech laws... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Mar 6, 2017

Free speech protections do not apply to defamation, and opinions are not defamation. Defamation is a false statement of fact (not opinion) that damages a person's reputation. If I say John the surgeon is the worst, I am not uttering defamation because that's my opinion of John. If say John the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and International Law for Ohio on

Q: What to do to avoid possible bigamy for a new marriage?

Couple married back in 2006 at the U.S.embassy in s. Korea, and they never filed their marriage in the states after moving back from the base. They've since split and she's remarried for the past two years. Problem is, he's never signed any divorce papers, and she marked never been married on her... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Feb 28, 2017

They need to get divorced. There's really no reason to suspect anyone would be charged with an offense. But, if you want to be free and clear, you need to get the two of them to get a lawyer in S. Korea to put through a legal divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Ohio on

Q: I was an international student with f1 visa

I was caught with 6 gram of marijuanas. i was taking into a police department and i signed some paper then i was released after 2 hours. i was entered into pre judgment probation. however, I was discharged from the pre judgment probation 3 months ago. after i earned my bachelor degree i went back... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Sep 16, 2016

What exactly do you mean when you say you were discharged from the program? Were you then sentenced? And, if so, did you serve your sentence? If there is a warrant for you, it will be a problem when you try to get a new visa. If you were simply sentenced to a fine or probation and completed that,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Ohio on

Q: Can i marry in US to a person living in another country thru a notarized especial power for immigrtion purposes?

My partner is in Cuba, but Cuba doesn't allow gay marriages.

Matthew Williams answered on Jun 6, 2016

If you want to marry a foreign citizen, your best bet is to apply for a finance visa, bring the person to the US and get married here. https://www.uscis.gov/family/family-us-citizens/fiancee-visa/fiancee-visas

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for Ohio on

Q: what are rules of international customary law

Elements of customary law

Matthew Williams answered on Jul 5, 2015

There are entire books written on this subject. The basic idea is to analyze historical state practice and those things that states have adopted in their own laws to determine whether a custom of following a certain practice due to moral considerations exists. If a legal custom exists, it may be... Read more »

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