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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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. The old milionare bequested all of his property to his nurse, instead of giving it to his family. My question is : Could he ...
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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 ...