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Poe Dameron: Ace Pilot & Resistance Criminal? (Part 1)

Captain Poe Dameron (it is Captain now, isn’t it?) has quite a bit going for him: He’s the best pilot in the Resistance, he...

Extrajudicial Murder by Stormtrooper Executioners

The First Order used internally conscripted Stormtroopers for at best summary executions and at worse extrajudicial killing for capital punishment. The status as a...

The Big Legal Issue in Rare Exports

If you are in the mood for an unconventional Christmas classic, watch Rare Exports. The film is about an archeological excavation for where Santa...

Did Luke Skywalker Have a Legal Duty to Save the Galaxy?

General Leia Organa sought her brother Luke Skywalker’s help to save the galaxy from the First Order. Did Luke owe his sister, or the...

Illegal Beach Parking on Canto Bight

Resistance heroes Finn and Rose were shocked into unconsciousness and arrested for parking on a beach at Canto Bight in Star Wars The Last...

The Case Against Finn

Following his violent escape from the First Order Star Destroyer Finalizer, FN-2187 (or "Finn," as he is called by the Resistance terrorists) was tried by court-martial...

Star Wars

We’re Going to San Diego Comic Con to Discuss Star Wars Law!

July 12 marks the third anniversary of The Legal Geeks. We are celebrating with our FIRST San Diego Comic Con appearance. We are presenting Tatoonine Law: The law of Star Wars on July 9 at 730 PM...

The Defense of Darth Vader

When last we met in our alternate Return of the Jedi reality, Darth Vader survived the Emperor’s Force lightning after chucking him down a chasm in the Death Star like a dirty shirt down...

Roger Roger: Star Wars Autonomous Weapons & The Law

KILLER ROBOTS. The very mention of those soulless death machines conjures nightmares of Skynet becoming self-aware, Cylons on the warpath, or renegade Roy Batty. From Terminator to Battlestar Galactica, murderous automatons have woven their...

Extrajudicial Murder by Stormtrooper Executioners

The First Order used internally conscripted Stormtroopers for at best summary executions and at worse extrajudicial killing for capital punishment. The status as a Stormtrooper Executioner was denoted by a David Bowie Aladdin Sane-style...

Rogue One: The Jedha Ambush & The Law

The Empire’s vile use of the Death Star, enslavement of entire worlds, and wrinkly psychopathic ruler generally don’t make for good examples when it comes to abiding by the law of war. Nevertheless, just...
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The Original Sin of Gamma Bombs & Proximate Cause

Marvel's Original Sin limited series Hulk vs Iron Man has a simple premise: Tony Stark was paid $500,000 (Stark's Daily Rate) and 2 Bottles...

Does Thor Working with the US Government Violate the Establishment Clause?

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” United States Constitution, Amendment I,...

She-Hulk and Daredevil Do Not Know California Trial Procedure

She-Hulk #9 is a courtroom drama with Daredevil facing off against She-Hulk in Los Angeles Superior Court over the wrongful death case of Sam...

The Giant-Man Sized Murder-For-Hire Issues in Ant-Man

Nick Spencer in The Astonishing Ant-Man has introduced a very unique concept: a super-villain app for hiring henchmen called “Hench: Every Villain’s Private Army.”...

Tony Stark vs Ant-Man: Battle Over Advertising Using Iron Man’s Likeness Without Consent

Marvel’s Ant-Man by Nick Spencer is giant size fun that packs the strength of a comic 100 times it size. Scott Lang takes on his...

Star Trek Panel at Silicon Valley Comic Con

We had an amazing time at our first Silicon Valley Comic Con. Thank you to everyone who filled our seminar room on Sunday morning....

Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home…To My Childhood

Star Trek IV is the often maligned Trek movie (I prefer to malign The Wrath of Khan) in which the crew of the Enterprise...

Thoughts on Balance of Terror and Darmok

July 12, 2016 is the four-year anniversary of Jessica and I starting The Legal Geeks. My first post analyzing geek issues in the law...

Peace for Axanar: Paramount and CBS Pass Their Kobayashi Maru

A few weeks ago, director JJ Abrams announced at the Star Trek Beyond Fan Event that Paramount and CBS intend to drop their copyright...

Tased By SciFi in Court

Judges are not shy when it comes to referencing science fiction in their opinions. District Judge WM. Terrell Hodges should get an award for mentioning...

Star Trek Red Shirts and Assumption of Risk

http://youtu.be/frzM9e0G0C0 Proving lawyers can do cosplay, Josh Gilliland & Jessica Mederson discuss assumption of risk and wearing a Red Shirt in Star Trek The Original...
AbbyShot's Eleventh Doctor's Purple Coat

Blockbuster Legal Analysis

Captain America

Geeking Out Over Captain America: Winter Soldier

Comic book fans around the world have been geeking out over the preview for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie looks fun. http://youtu.be/NLWsK1ZFunA The Winter...

Back Pay for America’s Captain?

Steve Rogers reemerged from the grave and seems to have money to spend, can it be that he is receiving back pay for the...

Superheroes versus the Ku Klux Klan

"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." -George Santayana (The original version is even more chilling these days: “Those who cannot...

Daredevil & Jessica Jones

Can Pam Argue Defense of Jeri Against Kilgraved Wendy?

AKA Jessica Jones presented a unique criminal law fact pattern: Wendy attempted to murder her wife Jeri while under the mental control of Kilgrave;...

Nelson & Murdock: Worse Client Consultations Ever

The fictional attorneys Franklin “Foggy” Nelson and Matt Murdock have the very real world problems with running a small law firm. Real attorneys every...

Can Matt Murdock be Disbarred for Vigilantism?

Daredevil the Series is nearly here. Finally: a lawyer who is a super-hero. Many geeks, and geeky lawyers, will be binge-watching Netflix starting on...

Supergirl

Analysis from season one of Supergirl!

Agents of SHIELD

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Is a Joy Ride, Just Not For The...

It is time to take your Infinity Serum and put on your eyepatch. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an absolute delight to have on TV. Just...

An Inhuman Dopamine Defense

The Inhumans on Agents of SHIELD have a serious problem: the Inhuman Hive can infect any Inhuman, effectively turning them into his personal flying...

Kree Liability for Terrigen Mist

Is the Kree Empire financially responsible for the damaged caused by people exposed to the Terrigen Mist? Can those exposed to the Mist sue...