History Main / OffOnATechnicality

9th Aug '17 6:00:58 AM newsguy95
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* Invoked in an episode of ''Series/{{Bull}}''. A woman charged with possession staunchly defends her drug-dealer brother...but eventually comes to realize that he really IS a drug dealer, and is willing to let her take the fall for drugs he'd stored on her property. She's ready to testify against him, but would likely die before getting into Witness Protection; so Dr. Bull orchestrates a way out for her. [[spoiler: With the cooperation of the prosecutor and the judge, the former submits his final piece of evidence -- the lab report verifying the contraband -- and rests his case. But then the defendant's attorney -- who isn't in on the plan -- finds what they want her to see: the final page of the report hadn't been notarized. And since the feds had already rested their case, the mistake couldn't be fixed...so the report was inadmissible, the case collapsed, and her brother thinks she simply got lucky. But a few minutes later, they slap the cuffs on him -- and it's safe for his sister to sing.]]
5th Aug '17 7:33:53 AM SeptimusHeap
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''SupermanReturns'', ComicBook/LexLuthor had his conviction from [[Film/{{Superman}} the previous Superman movie]] overturned because Franchise/{{Superman}} didn't show up to testify against him in the appeal. [[HollywoodLaw There is no testimony in appeal hearings]]; only the trial record is reviewed, making this a research flub, as Luthor clearly said he got off because Superman didn't show up to testify at the latest appeal. The reason for this was that Superman had left Earth to follow a false lead regarding the remains of Krypton. The false lead was somehow engineered by Luthor himself exactly for the purpose of getting off on that technicality.

to:

* In ''SupermanReturns'', ''Film/SupermanReturns'', ComicBook/LexLuthor had his conviction from [[Film/{{Superman}} the previous Superman movie]] overturned because Franchise/{{Superman}} didn't show up to testify against him in the appeal. [[HollywoodLaw There is no testimony in appeal hearings]]; only the trial record is reviewed, making this a research flub, as Luthor clearly said he got off because Superman didn't show up to testify at the latest appeal. The reason for this was that Superman had left Earth to follow a false lead regarding the remains of Krypton. The false lead was somehow engineered by Luthor himself exactly for the purpose of getting off on that technicality.
24th Jul '17 12:25:26 AM BigKlingy
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* The risk of this happening for the BigBad in ''VideoGame/Persona5'' is what prompts the party to enter the final dungeon. Thanks to the party's actions the BigBad confessed to many crimes, including multiple murders, on live television. The problem is TheConspiracy they led is still very much active, and its remaining members try to get him declared insane so his confession is disregarded. Once again the murder methods are supernatural, so the confession is the only hard evidence police have, and worse, the BigBad was such a VillainWithGoodPublicity that [[spoiler: the public ''refuses'' to believe he's guilty]]. The party is left with no other choice but to [[spoiler: steal the Treasure of ''the entire Japanese public'']] to prevent this trope from occurring.
19th Jul '17 3:36:35 PM Discar
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Series/{{Community}}'': PlayedForLaughs in "[[Recap/CommunityS3E17BasicLupineUrology Basic Lupine Urology]]," when Troy and Abed complain that their best suspect for [[SeriousBusiness the murder of their yam]] is getting off on a technicality--the technicality in question being that they are not cops and have no ability to arrest him.
8th Jul '17 12:54:47 PM infernape612
Is there an issue? Send a Message


-->'''Judge Snyder''': ''I'm afraid because of this improperly filled out police report... * shows a report full of paw prints* ...I have no choice but to let you go. Case dismissed!''
-->'''Snake''' (to Santa's Little Helper): ''Haha! Don't worry, dude. I'm going straight. Straight to my customers to sell more drugs!''
-->'''Santa's Little Helper''': ''Grrr...''
** Sideshow Bob tries to pull this off when he kidnaps Bart with the intent to kill him at "five corners", (a fictional location where five states come together). His plan is to stand in one state, fire the gun in a second, the bullet travels through a third, hits Bart in the fourth and he falls and dies in the fifth. Bob thinks it would be impossible to convict him because no single act in any state would be illegal. He's completely wrong. In truth, he could be convicted of murder in ''any'' of those states (police from each of them arrive and arrest him ''simultaneously''). In fact, if anything, all he would do is make the case a ''Federal'' murder trial.

to:

-->'''Judge --->'''Judge Snyder''': ''I'm afraid because of this improperly filled out police report... * shows a report full of paw prints* ...I have no choice but to let you go. Case dismissed!''
-->'''Snake'''
dismissed!''\\
'''Snake'''
(to Santa's Little Helper): ''Haha! Don't worry, dude. I'm going straight. Straight to my customers to sell more drugs!''
-->'''Santa's
drugs!''\\
'''Santa's
Little Helper''': ''Grrr...''
** Sideshow Bob tries to pull this off when he kidnaps Bart with the intent to kill him at "five corners", corners" (a fictional location where five states come together). His plan is to stand in one state, fire the gun in a second, the bullet travels through a third, hits Bart in the fourth and he falls and dies in the fifth. Bob thinks it would be impossible to convict him because no single act in any state would be illegal. He's completely wrong. In truth, he could be convicted of murder in ''any'' of those states (police from each of them arrive and arrest him ''simultaneously''). In fact, if anything, all he would do is make the case a ''Federal'' ''federal'' murder trial.
8th Jul '17 12:53:03 PM infernape612
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** This is pulled more straight in ''Trials and Tribulations'' where the ''defendant'' [[spoiler:is found not guilty for a case of larceny]]. Much later on, it's made obvious that, while the defendant [[spoiler:is indeed innocent for ''that'' case, he ''actually'' committed all four separate cases of larceny before it, but cannot be put on trial for them because of double jeopardy; He had already been found not guilty for the same crime]].

to:

** This is pulled more straight in ''Trials and Tribulations'' where the ''defendant'' [[spoiler:is found not guilty for a case of larceny]]. Much later on, it's made obvious that, while the defendant [[spoiler:is indeed innocent for ''that'' case, he ''actually'' committed all four separate cases of larceny before it, but cannot be put on trial for them because of double jeopardy; He he had already been found not guilty for the same crime]].
8th Jul '17 12:50:01 PM infernape612
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Comicbook/LaffALympics'': In the special story "The Man Who Stole Thursday", a criminal arrested by Dog Wonder had to be released because his trial would take place at thursday.

to:

* ''Comicbook/LaffALympics'': In the special story "The Man Who Stole Thursday", a criminal arrested by Dog Wonder had to be released because his trial would take place at thursday.on Thursday.
8th Jul '17 12:45:02 PM infernape612
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''Film/AMurderOfCrows'', the man responsible for the death of the {{SerialKiller}}'s family got off on a technicality, and triggered his StartOfDarkness.

to:

* In ''Film/AMurderOfCrows'', the man responsible for the death of the {{SerialKiller}}'s SerialKiller's family got off on a technicality, and triggered his StartOfDarkness.
8th Jul '17 12:42:14 PM infernape612
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** ''Comicbook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh'' has a time displaced FBI agent (long story) try to prevent Freddy from ever becoming a dream demon by correctly signing the search warrant himself. [[FridgeLogic whether an FBI agent who probably wasn't even born yet has the authority to do so is another question]].

to:

** ''Comicbook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh'' has a time displaced FBI agent (long story) try to prevent Freddy from ever becoming a dream demon by correctly signing the search warrant himself. [[FridgeLogic whether Whether an FBI agent who probably wasn't even born yet has the authority to do so is another question]].
8th Jul '17 12:41:21 PM infernape612
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** ''Comicbook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh'' has a time displaced FBI agent (long story) try to prevent Freddy from ever becoming a dream demon by correctly signing the search warrant himself. [[FrideLogic whether an FBI agent who probably wasn't even born yet has the authority to do so is another question]].

to:

** ''Comicbook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh'' has a time displaced FBI agent (long story) try to prevent Freddy from ever becoming a dream demon by correctly signing the search warrant himself. [[FrideLogic [[FridgeLogic whether an FBI agent who probably wasn't even born yet has the authority to do so is another question]].
This list shows the last 10 events of 266. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.OffOnATechnicality