The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University reveals that throwing away someone else’s mail is illegal and violates a federal statute. The statute is referred to 18 U.S. Code 1702, known as “Obstruction of Correspondence.”Continue Reading
The Legal Information Institute's record of the code shows that if a person mishandles a letter or postcard not belonging to him, and this mail has been previously in the hands of a U.S. Postal Service employee or office, the person mishandling the mail is subject to fines or imprisonment. The statute mandates that people are not permitted to open or destroy mail that does not belong to them. Those who are found in violation of the statute face prison time up to five years and are subject to fines as well.Learn more about Is This Illegal?
The legal doctrine of "respondeat superior" is a concept in tort law when a court system holds an employer legally responsible for the acts of an employee if negligence occurs within the scope of the employee's work, according to Cornell University's Legal Information Institute. A 2002 article in the Southern Medical Journal reveals that a health care provider may be held negligent, rather than a doctor, in some circumstances.Full Answer >
A loose constructionist views the U.S. Constitution as a document whose interpretation should change as society changes, according to Cornell University Legal Information Institute. A Supreme Court Justice with a loose constructionist view analyzes cases under the context of the current societal standards.Full Answer >
The Legal Information Institute of Cornell University explains that a constitutional provision is a law that is stated directly in the country's constitution. This is different than laws or rules that are mandated through other forms of legislation.Full Answer >
A statute of limitations is a law that sets a deadline charging someone with committing a crime for filing suit after an injury has been suffered.The statute of limitations deadlines vary depending on the jurisdiction and the type of case, according to Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute.Full Answer >