This law dates from the 1800’s during the time of the cholera and smallpox epidemics, when whole families were being wiped out by the common practice back then of the whole family using the same bath water. Rumor has it that this is still on the books, and government inspectors can legally issue citations for…

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Texas Penal Code § 38.12(a) makes it a felony to talk to someone in hopes of finding employment. (a) A person commits an offense if, with intent to obtain an economic benefit the person: (1) knowingly institutes a suit or claim that the person has not been authorized to pursue; [or] (2) solicits employment, either in person or…

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The Belgian Judicial Code provides a list of goods and items that may not, in principle, be seized by a bailiff (art. 1408), basically in order to safeguard minimal living conditions and means. While such a list is useful in itself, its details harken back to days of yore. Most notably, it details that a…

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