Questions tagged [law-in-fiction]

For questions about the law or legal process as depicted in works of fiction. Avoid using this tag unless the fiction is a key component of the question.

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Accident at Ace Chemical Processing - New Jersey

It is 1988, New Jersey. In the area commonly known as Gotham, a poor engineer, let's name him John Doe, is forced - under the threat of death and bodily harm on denial - to take part in a small crime ...
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Would it be legal to forbid Superman from participating in college sports?

Suppose Kal-El, son of Jor-El, living under the assume identity Clark Kent, decides to spend some time as a professional athlete. Suppose he reveals his true identity. Obviously most professional ...
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In Breaking Bad, how strong would Hank Schrader's case be if he had lived and Walter White had gone to jail?

Yes, Hank has definitely put together that Walt had been manufacturing methamphetamine and committed several other crimes to protect himself, and he'd fight tooth and nail for a conviction. However, ...
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Homicide off Brooklyn Bridge

Let's go on a retrospective to June 1973, New York. Upon a pillar of Brooklyn Bridge Peter Parker is facing Norman Osborn who kidnapped his friend Gwen Stacy. After a short standoff, Mr. Osborn's very ...
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What would the Blues Brothers have been charged with?

In the 1980 comedy film The Blues Brothers, brothers Jake and Elwood Blues, over the course of about eleven days, commit a seemingly endless series of crimes. They evade arrest for Elwood’s invalid ...
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Reference request: A lawyer's take on the novel _Starman Jones_?

A lawyer named James Stone has a Youtube channel on which he posts his analyses of movies that involve legal matters – usually civil or criminal lawsuits. I've wondered about a lawyer's take on a ...
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What kind of legal action could be brought against Hogwarts staff?

Our stepson, Harry Potter, only received love and respect from both my family and myself during his time at home. Nevertheless, we felt it was prudent to sent him to the best boarding school in the ...
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Guilt of a character in a convoluted murder from a whodunnit movie

In a movie I recently watched, a rather convoluted murder took place. As a matter of fact, it was so convoluted that I have no idea if the character was guilty or not. I'll try my best to keep the ...
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Knives out - inheritance

In the movie Knives Out (2019) there is a specific type of inheritance. Could he really do it like this ? Could he omit all of his descendants and bequest his property to a non-family member ? (...
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Hypothetical: “War as Text” lawsuit in Cryptonomicon

In Neil Stephenson's book "Cryptonomicon" there is an account of legal battles over a poster that was designed for an academic conference on "War as Text": [The artist] started with a black and ...
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Under what conditions could a police force enlist the help of a minor?

Would it be illegal for a fourteen year old to assist the police in solving a murder in New York City? What kind of red tape would the department need to navigate in order to enlist their help?
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How would the actions of Hänsel and Gretel in the Grimm tale be interpreted in modern law?

This came up as a layman’s law question. I thought of this when reading the classic Grimm tale Hänsel and Gretel to my children. The situation is as follows: The witch imprisons Hänsel with the ...
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Can children be placed, and required to testify, under oath in American courts?

In one scene of the film i am sam the character Lucy, seven years old, is questioned in some kind of court under oath. When her story is "shaky", she is reminded that she is under oath and not allowed ...
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Why couldn't this character in 'Better Call Saul' be a paralegal or take a similar role?

In Season 3 of Better Call Saul, Could this character have helped that person with the legal paperwork in the same capacity as a paralegal -- filing documents, proofreading, etc. could? Or would the ...