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The Case Against Finn

Star Wars Battlefront 2: It’s Treason, Then

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for the Battlefront 2 single player campaign follow below. *Now this is the story all about how Iden’s life got flipped, turned...

Those Beasts! Is the First Order Liable for Destroying Maz’s Castle?

Maz Kanata’s fabled castle may have stood for a thousand years, but it didn’t last long when the First Order rolled into town with...

The Dark Side Made Me Do It: Kylo Ren’s Insanity Defense

A once brilliant and gifted young man suddenly betrayed everything he held dear, developed a dark (possibly emo) alter ego, and now speaks to...

Rebel Terrorists? The Legality of Blowing Up Two Death Stars

You Rebel scum. The poor Galactic Empire always gets painted as the murderous bad guys in Star Wars. But from a certain point of view,...

Did the First Order Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Starkiller Base?

The Dark Side is known for raw power, not paperwork. In preparing to construct the ill-fated Starkiller Base, did the First Order prepare any...

The Legal Geeks Last Jedi Countdown

That euphoric feeling you have right about now isn’t from death sticks—it’s because we’re only a few days out from THE LAST JEDI. Starting Sunday,...

Star Wars

The Dark Side Made Me Do It: Kylo Ren’s Insanity Defense

A once brilliant and gifted young man suddenly betrayed everything he held dear, developed a dark (possibly emo) alter ego, and now speaks to a melted helmet that once belonged to his grandfather. Pretend...

2014: The Year of the Geek

We live in an age of miracles: 2014 was a fantastic time to be a geek. Jess and I sat down with some of our great friends to discuss Scandal, the Marvel Cinematic Universe,...

BB-8 Come Home

BB-8 in Star Wars The Force Awakens is an endearing droid who rolls right into your heart. In the fine tradition of Lassie Come Home and Benji The Hunted, BB-8 was separated from his...

No Mining Rights on Lothal

Let’s face it, no one is as smooth talking with the ladies as Lando Calrissian. Despite Lando’s ability to impress a woman with, “You truly belong here with us among the clouds,” Lando’s sweet...

Being a Super Hero Only Looks Good in Comic Books

Many people hear the call of service and want to wear body armor and a cape. However, this is a profoundly bad idea. The law strongly disfavors ordinary citizens becoming vigilantes. Moreover, we have...
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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...

Anniversary Special: Judge Paul Grewal & Judge Matthew Sciarrino On Science Fiction

What tribbles are to the Starship Enterprise, Captain Kirk, and Mr. Spock, the parties' ever-multiplying sealing and redaction requests are to this case, Judge...

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...

Comic Con The Final Frontier

"Awe inspiring" is the best way to describe our second appearance at San Diego Comic Con. Our Star Trek panel brought together the most...

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...

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...

Could a Vulcan Adopt a Human Child?

Star Trek Discovery boldly went where Star Trek has only once gone before: interspecies adoption. Ambassador Savek was the legal guardian of Lieutenant Commander...

Blockbuster Legal Analysis

Captain America

Movies That Make Lawyers Think “Wait a Minute…”

Lawyers always see the world through code sections and case law. For anyone related to a lawyer, married to a lawyer, or dating a lawyer,...

Why the Sokovia Accords are Unconstitutional

Captain America Civil War is an amazing super-hero movie. It is the model of how to have a large cast of characters in a...

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...

Daredevil & Jessica Jones

Could Vanessa Marianna be Convicted for RICO with Kingpin?

In Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, Vanessa Marianna goes from art dealer to dinner date to girlfriend to fiancé of Wilson Fisk. Vanessa learned of...

A Daredevil of Attorney Ethics Over the Crime-Fraud Exception

Marci Stahl, Esq., a attorney at the “Big Law Firm” Landman & Zack, is a case study of attorney ethics on Marvel’s...

Daredevil Into the Ring (and Confession)

Daredevil is here on Netflix, and man, do we have great legal issues just in the first episode. As a preliminary matter, that toxic waste...

Supergirl

Analysis from season one of Supergirl!

Agents of SHIELD

Infectious Diseases on Agents of SHIELD

"FZZT" was one of the best Agents of SHIELD yet. The big legal issue presented was the legality of quarantining someone with an infectious...

Lorelei’s Song of the SHIELD Paramour

For the record, it would be great for Jaimie Alexander/Lady Sif to have her own adventures on Netflix. Give her a series or mini-series. The...

Remember that Time the Inhumans Started a War Because SHIELD Acted...

Agents of SHIELD has ventured into a new legal realm: Foreign Policy. As one could expect, this results in a war. There are MANY things...