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Can a Supreme Court Justice Be Removed?

The Constitution allows Supreme Court justices to be impeached by the House and put on trial by the Senate, but it's only happened once and that was in 1805.

How Breaking a Nondisclosure Agreement Works

Nondisclosure agreements used to be stuffy legal documents reserved for safeguarding company secrets. Now they've been in the news as part of sexual harassment coverups. What are NDAs exactly and when can you break them legally?

The Backstory on Backpage.com, the Adult Classifieds Site That Got Shut Down

Does this mean that a website actually is responsible for the content created by that site's users?

Friends Don’t Let (Online-Ordained) Friends Officiate at Their Weddings

Online ordination may be quick and easy and presiding at a friend's wedding may be fun and meaningful. But these marriages haven't always held up in court.

Review Websites Like TripAdvisor Are Under Fire. Is That Warranted?

TripAdvisor deleted — and later reinstated — a hotel review where a visitor alleged she had been raped. How can review websites legally balance their duty to warn users as well as to beware of false, defamatory content?

Should Nature Have the Right to Sue in Court?

A lawsuit in federal court in Colorado seeks to establish that the Colorado River ecosystem has legal rights similar to those of a person.

The Scopes Monkey Trial Was a Historic Debate Over Evolution … And a Publicity Ploy

The controversial case in the tiny Tennessee town of Dayton drew national media attention — and live apes. But all that spectacle wasn't for naught.

Loving v. Virginia: The Landmark Case That Legalized Interracial Marriage in the US

Richard and Mildred Loving's interracial marriage was against the law. But it led to the Supreme Court's historic decision in 1967 to ban anti-miscegenation laws across the country.

Can You Sue Over 'Thirdhand Smoke' Exposure?

Research shows that nicotine residue lingering in furniture and carpets may be hazardous to kids. Could that mean legal action for unsuspecting homeowners and tenants?

How One Missing Oxford Comma Changed an Entire Legal Decision

The divisive serial comma finally got its day in court—it was glorious.

Is it Ever Legal to Punch Someone in the Face? Oh Yeah

Guy walks into a bar looking for a fight. When is it legal and illegal to clock him?

The Real Reason Website and App Terms of Service Are So Confusing

Companies are actually hoping you won't read these 8,000-word documents before you click "agree." But why?

How Good Samaritan Laws Work

Good Samaritan laws are intended to protect you from a lawsuit if you help strangers during an emergency. But they may not protect you in every situation.

Saudi Women Petition Against Male Guardianship

Thousands of Saudi women signed a petition that seeks the end of the country's male guardianship system. How does that system affect Saudi women now?

Breaking the Law to Enforce It: Cops and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ruled in a big Fourth Amendment case that under certain circumstances, evidence found during an illegal stop could be used in legal proceedings.

The (White) Doctor Will See You Now: Why Racist Hospital Patients Often Win

Bigoted requests aren't as rare as you might think in hospitals. It's also not rare for hospitals to accommodate such requests. Why?

Merrick Garland Is a Legal Mystery

After nearly two decades as a judge, the Supreme Court nominee's record offers few clues as to where he stands on many social issues.

Religious Freedom Acts Born Out of ... Peyote

It's not quite what you'd expect, is it?

10 Things That Aren't Free Speech

Free speech is one of America's most fiercely guarded freedoms, but that doesn't mean that citizens can say whatever they like with no threat of punishment. In several cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of limitations.

How Free Speech Works

In the U.S., can you truly say anything you want, or are there limits? Who decides them? And might this change in the age of the globally connected village?

10 Most Common Attractive Nuisances

Sometimes the things that fascinate us most are dangerous. Attractive nuisances draw the attention of children and often cause injuries or even death. What everyday neighborhood features are likely to harm kids?

How a Memorandum of Understanding Works

Say you're a government agency or a company of some sort and you want to negotiate the terms of a working relationship with another group or agency. However, you're not too enthused by the idea of lawyers, contracts and legalese. That's where Memoranda of Understanding come in. What are these MOUs, exactly, and who uses them?

10 Controversial Court Cases

If justice is blind, then why do some court decisions spark outrage and violence? Even with an impartial jury, court cases don't always go according to plan.

What makes evidence inadmissible in court?

In the United States, the Federal Rules of Evidence determine whether a piece of evidence can be considered at trial. There are three main criteria for entering a statement or object as evidence at trial: relevance, materiality, and competence.

11 Stupid Legal Warnings

Eggs may contain eggs. Pepper spray may cause eye irritation. Toy broomsticks cannot really fly. OK, we made that one up -- or did we? Join us in bafflement as you make your way through these 11 absurd warnings.


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