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Assisted Suicide

Providing another, at their request, with the means of committing suicide. Usually, this is the context of providing drugs to a terminally ill person.

Association

1. An organization of people that is not incorporated. In general, an association is not a separate entity from the persons who compose it. However, some laws may require associations to pay taxes, particularly if they have certain features that...

Author

In copyright law, an author is a person who creates an original expressive work. The author is also the owner of the copyright unless the author assigns ownership to another in a written agreement. Examples of authors include artists, writers,...

Automobile Exception

The "automobile exception" is an exception to the general requirement of a warrant for searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment. Under the exception, a vehicle may be searched without a warrant when the evidence or contraband may possibly be...

ballot

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) A method or process of casting a vote. 2) The actual paper, card, or machine that indicates a voter's choices in an election. 3) The total number of votes cast in an election. 4) A list of candidates...

Bankruptcy

Overview

Bankruptcy law provides for the reduction or elimination of certain debts, and can provide a timeline for the repayment of nondischargeable debts over time. It also permits individuals and organizations to repay secured debt--typically debt...

Bankruptcy power

The Constitution authorizes Congress under Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 with power "to establish uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States".

See congressional powers

Bill of Rights

The first ten Amendments to the Constitution, which set out individual rights and liberties. Though these rights originally only applied to the federal government, through the legal doctrine of incorporation, most of the Bill of Rights is now applied...

Bush v. Gore (2000)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the Court held that Florida's scheme for recounting presidential election ballots was unconstitutional. The case effectively handed the 2000 presidential...

Census

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn official count of the number of people living in a certain area, such as a district, city, county, state, or nation. The U.S. Constitution requires the federal government to perform a national census...

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