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Did the General Contractor on the Death Star Project Have to Build the Second...

Anyone familiar with the original Star Wars movies might wonder why the Empire saw the destruction of the Death Star at the conclusion of...

Frankenstein Mock Trial at San Diego Comic Fest

Would Frankenstein’s Monster be legally competent to stand trial for the death of Little Maria in the 1931 Universal Classic Frankenstein? Should the Monster...

When Star Wars Loving Lawyers Go to Disneyland

What do two lawyers who love Star Wars do when they go to Disneyland? They ride Star Tours and discuss the common carrier issues. I...

Was Rey Negligent in Causing a Boulder to Crash on the Caretakers’ Cart?

Rey did not ingratiate herself to the Lanai Caretakers during her time on Ahch-To. First Rey shot out a wall during a Force vision...

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...

Star Wars

Who is the True Legal Owner of R2D2 & C3PO?

A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away, was Luke Skywalker within his legal rights to offer R2D2 and C3PO as a gift to Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi?...

Han Shot First- The Legal Geeks On Self Defense & Star Wars

http://youtu.be/doRmEk7BJ00 Attorneys Jessica Mederson and Josh Gilliland reviewing "self defense" under Common Law and the Model Penal Code in analyzing whether Han Solo was legally justified in shooting Greedo first in the original Star Wars...

Are Surviving Clone Troopers Guilty of War Crimes?

In the Star Wars Rebels episode The Lost Commanders, we learn that some clone troopers survived past the Clone Wars era and into the Galactic Empire era. Furthermore, during Star Wars Celebration 2017, Star...

Han’s Legal Justification For Shooting Greedo First

Han Shot First. There is no question about it. And in 1977, no one questioned it. However, the legal question remains, was Han Solo legally justified in killing Greedo (Provided the Empire's Doctrine of Fear had similar...

Let’s Talk About Cassian Murdering Those Dudes

The universe was introduced to Cassian Andor in Rogue One murdering an informant named Tivik, so the Empire would not capture the informant. Tivik had in injured arm, which disabled him from climbing to...
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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...

Hello. My Name is Jessica and I’m a Legal Geek

Okay, it’s 2012, so I guess it isn’t that brave to identify myself as a geek (on the other hand, it still takes guts...

What is the Duty to Warn about the Salt Monster on Planet M113?

The world began exploring the Final Frontier of Star Trek on September 8, 1966. To honor this anniversary, let’s explore the legal issues in...

Axanar: Boldly Going Where No Fan Film Has Gone Before

By Neel Chatterjee and Cathy Shyong There is no greater fan base than the fan base for Star Trek. Trekkies love celebrating the original TV...

I Was Just Following Orders on the USS Vengeance

The USS Vengeance could have had survivors after its crash landing into San Francisco in Star Trek Into Darkness. The charges against the Star Fleet/Section...

Troubling Tribbles: The Ultimate Invasive Species

Just because something is cute and snugly does not mean it isn't dangerous. Nothing is better evidence of this then perhaps the most dangerous ...

Boldly Going- Lawyers & Star Trek

Star Trek is one of the most successful and enduring science fiction stories of all time. In addition to heroic tales of making a...
AbbyShot's Eleventh Doctor's Purple Coat

Blockbuster Legal Analysis

Captain America

Hey Captain America, What Could Go Wrong With a Giant Spy...

Captain America Winter Soldier was my favorite comic book movie to date. Excellent storytelling, with the not so subtle warning of a massive police...

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...

Let’s Go to the Comic Book Store

We love comic books. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy a rip-roaring discussion on comic book care, women in comics, and super-hero lawyers. http://youtu.be/g19cvHaiQVo How was...

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;...

How Dr. Janina Scarlet Would Prove the Insanity Defense on Jessica...

How can an expert witness prove someone was under the effects of mind control when they committed a crime? Dr. Janina Scarlet explains PTSD...

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

“It’s a Free Country” For Protesting on Agents of SHIELD

The Agents of SHIELD episode "Repairs" briefly touched on the First Amendment right to protest. The situation was a woman named Hannah Hutchens, apparently with...

Traitors of SHIELD

Agents of SHIELD episode "Turn, Turn, Turn," was an action-packed tie-in to Captain America Winter Soldier. Best episode to date. As expected, a whole...

Self-Defense & Brainwashing on Agents of SHIELD

Can Donny Gill claim he acted in self-defense for freezing the Moroccan innkeeper and HYDRA agents? While fear of brainwashing and threats of force...