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vigilante

Someone who personally claims to enforce law and order, but lacks legal authority to do so. Vigilantes operate by using actual or threatened force, and are distinguished from people who simply watch out for criminal behavior and report it to the...

vigilante justice

Behavior that resembles or matches that of vigilantes. Vigilante justice often describes the actions of a single person or group of people who claim to enforce the law but lack the legal authority to do so. However, the term can also describe a...

vigilantism

See Vigilante justice.

Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty (1926)

Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co., 272 U.S. 365 (1926), is a U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court held that a zoning ordinance can be a valid exercise of a state's police powers. The Supreme Court raised the bar for declaring a...

visa

A visa is an insignia placed on the passport that the domestic government thereby permits the alien to proceed into the country. The United States generally requires a visa before admitting an alien into the country.

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visa waiver program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables “citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.” For citizens or nationals of VWP countries...

visitation

The right of a non-custodial parent who is a party to a divorce or separation to visit with their children. In such cases, some courts look to the best interests of the child. Parents have due process rights to determine visitation by non-parents. In...

visitation order

Court order allowing visitation privileges for a parent or other relative of a child.

visitation rights

Visitation rights are limitations or restrictions on child custody. When a couple divorces, they may either have shared custody, joint custody, split custody, or one parent can have sole custody. When sole custody is granted by the court to...

vitiate

The act of impairing or voiding the effect of something else. Thus, a statute that vitiates a contract has the effect of voiding at least one of the contract's provisions.

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