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Mock Luke Cage Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

Join us at San Diego Comic Con on July 20, 2017 at 800pm in Room 23ABC for Sweet Christmas! A Mock Trial to Prove...

Please Nominate The Legal Geeks for the ABA Web 100

The ABA Journal has expanded the Blawg 100 to include social media and podcasts. We would appreciate your nominations for The Legal Geeks in...

Return of the Lawyer to San Diego Comic Con

Jessica and I started The Legal Geeks to share our love of comics, science fiction, and the law. We are thrilled to be returning...

Admissibility of Zhora’s Photo in Blade Runner

The 1982 classic Blade Runner posed a complex evidentiary issue: How could Leon’s photo of Zhora be admissible in court? Would the zoomed in...

Is Nebula Guilty of Attempted Genocide?

Space is the ultimate frontier, and films such as The Guardians of the Galaxy give us a glimpse of what the future might hold...

Darth Vader on Trial

It’s Father’s Day, which makes it a perfect time for us to talk about everyone’s favorite absentee father with a penchant for black—Darth Vader. Apart...

Star Wars

Star Wars: The Legality of Vader’s Boarding Parties

It’s May the 4th, which means that all Star Wars fans are morally bound to immerse themselves in the galaxy far, far away for an entire 24 hours. The Legal Geeks is no exception,...

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...

The New Republic v. Admiral Rae Sloane: The Case Against Star Wars’ Most Wanted...

For the average Imperial officer, being deemed the “most wanted Imperial war criminal” is pretty low on the list of desirable titles, alongside “Vader Force-choke practice dummy,” “Palpatine dental hygienist,” and “airlock tester.” In...

The Rebel Bunch: The Legal Status of Rebel Fighters in Rogue One

  Warning: Rogue One spoilers ahead. “You’re all rebels, aren’t you?” With all the moving pieces in Rogue One, don’t feel bad if you came away a little confused about how exactly the Rebel Alliance is composed. After...

Who Owns the Millennium Falcon?

In The Force Awakens, the Millennium Falcon starts out in the hands of Unkar Plutt, who stole it from the Irving Boys, who stole it from Gannis Ducain, who stole it from Han Solo,...
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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 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...

When Expert Witnesses Do Not Attain Kolinahr

It truly is a no win scenario when a Judge excludes the expert witnesses of two adverse parties. How did this happen? The case involved...

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....

Join us at Alien Con for Star Trek, Star Wars, and Sci Fi Law!

I am extremely honored to be moderating the Star Trek Anniversary panel at Alien Con on October 30 in Santa Clara. The Star Trek legends on...

Beam Me Up, Your Honor

New York State Judge Joseph L. Latwin showed his geek cred in footnote 2 of People v Wilkins, 40 Misc. 3d 1207(A), 1207A (N.Y....

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...
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Captain America

Expert Witness Reports for the Trial of James Buchanan Barnes

The Mock Trial of the Winter Soldier at San Diego Comic Fest is a battle of expert opinions: did James Buchanan Barnes understand the...

How Can Captain America Fund His Fight Against the Sons of...

The new Sam Wilson Captain America #1 by Nick Spencer has Captain America sever ties with SHIELD and the Government. Cap is now a...

Does the Black Panther Have Diplomatic Immunity?

T'Challa is a very busy new King of Wakanda in Captain America Civil War. While on a diplomatic mission to sign the Sokovia Accords...

Daredevil & Jessica Jones

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...

War of the Purple Roses

Jeri Hogarth on AKA Jessica Jones was the poster child for everything horrible with attorneys. She bribed a juror at the beginning of her...

Super Service of Process on Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones works as an independent contractor for the fictional law firm Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz LLP. Jeri Hogarth retained Jones to serve a summons...

Supergirl

Analysis from season one of Supergirl!

Agents of SHIELD

Are Targeted Killings of HYDRA Agents on Kree Moons Legal?

The Agents of SHIELD mid-season taught a powerful life lesson: Revenge missions result in evil being released on Earth, specifically in the forms of Lash...

Can the ATCU Quarantine Inhumans in Suspended Animation?

Can the Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU) put people exposed to Terrigen Crystals in suspended animation? There are a host of issues with freezing...

No Going Back for Grant Ward Now

Grant Ward did not just kill his brother; Ward killed a United States Senator. Grant Ward already has a huge list of victims that...