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San Francisco Comic Con 2018

We had the privilege of presenting on the legal issues with Kaiju, Universal Monsters, and Star Wars at San Francisco Comic Con. We presented...

Is Tandy in Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger Guilty of Manslaughter?

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger is the newest entry to the Marvel television universe. The story takes place in New Orleans and revolves around two...

Belter Sovereignty and the Outer Planet Alliance’s Space Law Claim in The Expanse

“We. Are. Belters. Nothing in the void is foreign to us! The place we go is the place we belong . . . WE...

Does Feeding Prisoners to a Hungry Wookiee violate the Eighth Amendment?

Early in the movie Solo we learn that a young Han has joined the Imperial military. Although he did not succeed as an Imperial...

It’s Time to Put an End to Underground Droid Fighting

The horrors of underground Droid Fighting are an abandonment of morality. Imagine a world where two human beings beat each other until one had...

Han Solo: Deserter Extraordinaire

SOLO SPOILER ALERT: Don’t say we didn’t warn you, kid. Solo spoilers follow below. Before Han Solo ever shattered the Kessel Run record, shot poor...

Star Wars

The Dark Side Made Me Do It

Could Anakin Skywalker argue the insanity defense for the decades he spent as an agent of evil? Could Anakin claim he was legally insane while following the Dark Side, thus not guilty for crimes...

Can You Torture a Droid?

Jabba the Hutt likes to have Droids torture other Droids. However, is that even torture? The law defines "torture" as follows: Every person who, with the intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and suffering for...

The Death Star: That’s No Moon—Is it an Orbital War Crime?

The Empire’s prized planet-busting weapon was arguably the pinnacle of destructive technology in the Star Wars universe…at least until the First Order one-upped them with Starkiller Base. If Darth Vader had not sliced him in...

The Good Fight: The Rebel Alliance & The Law of War

Back in the days when Star Wars was just the original trilogy and the beloved Holiday Special (that’s the correct usage for “beloved,” right?), things were fairly black and white for the Rebellion. Their...

Lawyers and Judges Geeking Out Over Star Wars The Force Awakens

There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The answer is YES. Judge Matthew Sciarrino joined Jessica and I to discuss the teaser trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens. If you remember IOU's...
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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...

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...

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....

The Wrath of a Court Scorned

I love Star Trek.  If you're reading this blog, you already know that.  And you also know that I really love judges who quote Star...

A Judicial Footnote with Captain Picard

We can take judicial notice that Judge Eduardo C. Robreno is a Trekkie. In a case with RICO charges against six police officers, the Court...

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...

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...
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...

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...

The Unlucky Story of Bucky, the World’s Oldest Prisoner of War

With Captain America: Civil War coming out, Cap fever is in high gear. The movie will hopefully answer many of the questions we still...

Daredevil & Jessica Jones

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...

Hope for a Purple Man Insanity Defense

Kilgrave, AKA The Purple Man, has the ability to make people do his bidding, whether it is preparing him dinner or killing someone. In...

Did Karen Page on Daredevil Act in Self-Defense?

Karen Page on Daredevil is a case study in self-defense. If you have not watched the entire series, stop reading now. James Wesley, the Kingpin’s...

Supergirl

Analysis from season one of Supergirl!

Agents of SHIELD

Podcast: More Kree? Visits from Lady Sif? Prelude to Civil War?

Judge Matthew Sciarrino, Gerry O'Brien, and Joshua Gilliland, Esq., "go full geek" over the Agents of SHIELD episode "Who You Really Are?” We discussed the...

Flying Lola in the Face of Orders

Agents of SHIELD is drawing to a great close. "Nothing Personal," touched on many legal issues from the lawful of the former Agents' actions,...

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...