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Looking for title/author of an alien contact novel!

Alien comes to Earth, builds tele-transporter device but keeps the technology secret. Humans manage to spy on it. Alien 'sells' the device to humans (like Brooklyn Bridge!). Human lawyers and legal ...
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Can doing magic in front of a Muggle get you expelled or not?

This question is heavily inspired by this one, asked just a few hours ago, but takes a different angle. In particular, this comment by NKCampbell was what made me ask, and the inconsistency noted by ...
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Which “one hundred rules” did Harry and Ron break to find the Chamber of Secrets?

Towards the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Professor McGonagall says that Harry and Ron broke "a hundred school rules". “Very well,” Professor McGonagall prompted him as he paused, ...
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Why would Bilbo agree to arbitration in the Khuzdul language?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Dwarves present Bilbo a contract. It's presumably in Westron, but through the magic of Translation Convention, it appears on-screen in its entirety in ...
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How are the lands of the Shire governed?

In the Lord of the Rings Frodo moves around into various districts of the Shire; he encounters different law enforcement, leaders and townships. Is there a unifying power in the Shire? Is it split ...
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In what episodes did the legal systems of “one-off” aliens provide a key plot-element?

This is the third in a cluster of questions related to legal systems in Star Trek. Besides major species with 'unusual legal systems'. There are a few episodes when a 'one-off' alien legal system ...
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What major non-Federation Star Trek cultures' legal proceedings are portrayed in episodes or films?

Courtrooms provide the context for great drama because of the high stakes. Star Trek is no exception at taking advantage. What major Star Trek cultures' legal proceedings are portrayed in episodes or ...
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What Star Trek episodes/films portray Federation legal proceedings?

Courtrooms provide the context for great drama because of the high stakes. Star Trek is no exception at taking advantage. What Star Trek episodes/films portray Federation legal proceedings? Related: ...
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Why do the Bajorans own DS9?

There are a number of issues at play here: DS9 is in orbit around Bajor (before "Emissary") The Cardassians built DS9, using Cardassian design, in orbit around an occupied planet DS9 is, at least to ...
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Are Love Potions legal?

We know that in the Harry Potter universe, Love Potions (potions that cause a strong infatuation in the drinker) exist. We see at least two instances of their use in the books; A Love Potion in the ...
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Was Picard guilty of murder in First Contact?

From Memory Alpha: Rushing to a Jefferies tube, Picard sees a crewman begging for help as Borg technology starts to take over his body and, believing he is saving him from a worse fate, shoots him ...
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Why was G'Kar's sentence so short?

In Babylon 5 Season 3 Episode 6, Dust to Dust, G'Kar assaults Londo Mollari with grievous bodily harm; he is subsequently hospitalized. However, G'Kar only gets a 60 day sentence. In a normal ...
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Do wizards who marry Muggles have to either get permission, or at least officially notify, MoM?

Do wizards who marry Muggles have to either get permission, or at least officially notify, the Ministry of Magic? Presumably, this is a situation that involves a high chance of (usually intentional) ...
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Can the Flash be held liable for Flash-related property damage?

In the new Flash series, we often see The Flash zooming around town, rocking cars & shattering windows for several feet around. At least one legal blog seems to think he would quickly find himself ...
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Does Batman's “scare tactics” used when gaining information from criminals, ever cross into torture?

A large part of Batman’s persona is the fear it strikes into enemies heart’s. For example a costume resembling a bat was chosen so that criminals would be afraid of him. There have been times when ...
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Locating Charles Stross quote about the state, non-repudiable identity, and time

What's the location in Charles Stross's works where it says we need a state only for non-repudiable identity, a shared basis for time, and "something I forgot"? Is it somewhere in Glasshouse? I've ...
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How does the Ministry catch Illegal Magic around Muggles when performed by Adults?

Harry's CoS letter from the Improper Use of Magic Office states We would also ask you to remember that any magical activity that risks notice by members of the non-magical community (Muggles) is a ...
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Accelerando, Stross: Why did the Queen care about that law suit?

In Charles Stross' Accelerando, the Queen of the Ring Imperium has successfully created a sovereign "country" that spans the proximity of Jupiter. Her mom sues her (?!), but she isn't a citizen of ...
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Are there exceptions in the International Statute of Secrecy?

I was wondering what a wizard should do when a Muggle is about to be killed (let's say in a car accident) and a present wizard notices this in time to prevent this (for example by levitating the ...
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Did Dumbledore break the law outside of Year 5 or when with Grindelwald?

So obviously he breaks wizarding law in book 5 when Fudge is "interfering" at Hogwarts. He also possibly broke it when he was younger During the times when the Ministry was "normal", are there any ...
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Would a $ bill minted today be considered counterfeit in the past [closed]

Lets say I have a way to buy goods (say gold) from the past (say 30 years ago). I would like to take my new 100$ bill and buy the stuff, and then bring them back to the future (any movie references ...
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Are there any settings with rules for neural interfaces? [closed]

Can't find a single book which puts together a universal set of rules for neural interfaces to protect people (like the three laws of robotics). Are there any that exist?
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Isaac Asimov references Clarke's Third Law?

I read Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) a while ago, just after I finished the Prelude to Foundation (of the same author). Today I have come about the notion that he, in either of the books, made a ...
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How can Superman legally arrest people outside of Metropolis?

I know that Superman has been deputized by the Mayor of Metropolis (I believe it was in Byrne's 'Man of Steel' but feel free to correct that if I'm wrong) but Supes doesn't operate just in Metropolis, ...
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What were the typical punishments for violating different Federation laws?

Earth and other Federation planets were often depicted to be somewhat utopian in nature, however there are cases where domestic crimes have been depicted at various points throughout Star Trek. Were ...
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Why doesn't the Federation have a law for genocide?

In The Survivors, Picard makes the following statement towards Kevin Uxbridge: We are not qualified to be your judges. We have no law to fit your crime. You're free to return to the planet, and to ...
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Why does the Doctor always assume the people he encounters abide by the law?

In several instances he throws some "Shadow Proclamation" paragraph at his adversaries implying they are violating this intergalactic law (for instance, killing all humans doesn't seem to be a good ...
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Are the Unforgivable Curses only unforgivable when used on humans?

As a combination of these two questions, are the unforgivable curses unforgivable in all cases, or only when used against humans (muggles and wizards)? If, as example, a wizard with low regard for ...
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Are the Unforgivable Curses the only things that are Unforgivable?

The question "What makes those three curses unforgivable?" got me wondering if there is anything else that the wizarding world has made unforgivable. For example, are there unforgivable potions? To ...
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What happens to someone who destroys a Star Wars Droid?

Some Star Wars Droids are definitively sentient beings, but it appears that they are not treated as such. The Legal Status section of the Droid article of Wookieepedia (which have no references) said ...
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Was there an explicit catalyst event(s) that served as impetus for the creation of the Prime Directive?

Was there ever a mention of what specifically was the catalyst for the creation of Prime Directive? In other words, was the Directive merely a theoretical "this is the rules we want to live by" ...
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What does it take to become a registered Animagus?

So, I've wondered for some time, if you need a permit to be an Animagus in the Harry Potter universe, how do you learn to do it beforehand? Is there some class, or something? And as there's only seven ...