History Main / StatuteOfLimitations

28th Nov '15 6:26:58 AM Viira
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** The statute of limitations is made an even more important point in ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'', in the [[spoiler:IS-7]] incident, the [[spoiler:precursor to DL-6]]. It happened a year before [[spoiler:DL-6 in December of 2000, and even though someone was convicted as an accomplice to murder after a lengthy year long trial (this was before the 3 day trial system was implemented into the Ace Attorney universe), the culprit himself was never found, until around 18 years later in 2029. The real killer, after some persuasion, confessed, confident in the fact he can't be charged or convicted due to statues of limitations having expired 3 years and 4 months prior. However, Edgeworth uses some legal details and holes to show that, in actual fact, the limitations aren't yet over [The fact that if a suspect flees the country, the limitations are put on hold until they return, and that if any possible accomplices are put on trial, then the limitations are frozen until a verdict is reached, both of which combined put the limitations period at 19 years, which they were just within], allowing the bad guy to get his just-desserts]].

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** The statute of limitations is made an even more important point in ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'', in the [[spoiler:IS-7]] incident, the [[spoiler:precursor to DL-6]]. It happened a year before [[spoiler:DL-6 in December of 2000, and even though someone was convicted as an accomplice to murder after a lengthy year long trial (this was before the 3 day trial system was implemented into the Ace Attorney universe), the culprit himself was never found, until around 18 years later in 2029.2019. The real killer, after some persuasion, confessed, confident in the fact he can't be charged or convicted due to statues of limitations having expired 3 years and 4 months prior. However, Edgeworth uses some legal details and holes to show that, in actual fact, the limitations aren't yet over [The fact that if a suspect flees the country, the limitations are put on hold until they return, and that if any possible accomplices are put on trial, then the limitations are frozen until a verdict is reached, both of which combined put the limitations period at 19 years, which they were just within], allowing the bad guy to get his just-desserts]].
14th Nov '15 5:51:44 PM nombretomado
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* There's an episode of ''MurderSheWrote'' where a bank robber returns to town after the statute expires. (Also, it was [[NeverFoundTheBody assumed he had been killed while fleeing]], so the police never issued a fugitive warrant.)
* One episode of ''TheRockfordFiles'' involved a robbery that was a few days away from its statute of limitations running out. Organized crime knew who the thief was, and naturally tried to get their hands on half a million dollars that would very soon be clean.

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* There's an episode of ''MurderSheWrote'' ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' where a bank robber returns to town after the statute expires. (Also, it was [[NeverFoundTheBody assumed he had been killed while fleeing]], so the police never issued a fugitive warrant.)
* One episode of ''TheRockfordFiles'' ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' involved a robbery that was a few days away from its statute of limitations running out. Organized crime knew who the thief was, and naturally tried to get their hands on half a million dollars that would very soon be clean.
12th Nov '15 4:42:13 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''[[RizzoliAndIsles Rizzoli & Isles]]'' a man thinks he's in the clear for the rape of a girl he went to high school with, because it's been fifteen years. However, it turns out the girl was only 15 years old at the time of the rape, and the statute of limitations is fifteen years ''from the day the victim turns 16'', so he can be arrested.

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* In an episode of ''[[RizzoliAndIsles Rizzoli & Isles]]'' ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' a man thinks he's in the clear for the rape of a girl he went to high school with, because it's been fifteen years. However, it turns out the girl was only 15 years old at the time of the rape, and the statute of limitations is fifteen years ''from the day the victim turns 16'', so he can be arrested.
24th Oct '15 8:50:37 AM RainFairy
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** Another case within the old laws fits here perfectly. Matsumoto is ''hell bent'' on resolving a string of murders that is ThatOneCase for him: three of them ([[spoiler: one being the murder of his partner]]) took place 20 years so already caducated, but the last one is within the 15 year limit... and '''three days away''' from caducating. [[spoiler: Then the son of one of the victims finds out who the killer is and ''does him in''...]]
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Ryoko escapes punishment for her crimes on the planet Jurai because the StatuteOfLimitations ran out just after she was found and before she could be arrested. Didn't stop Ayeka from taking Ryoko in trying to find Yosho, NOR did it stop Ayeka's mom Misaki from slapping the ''bill from reconstruction'' on her.

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** Another case within the old laws fits here perfectly. Matsumoto is ''hell bent'' on resolving a string of murders that is ThatOneCase for him: three of them ([[spoiler: one being the murder of his partner]]) took place 20 years so they're already caducated, but the last one is within the 15 year limit... and '''three days away''' from caducating. being definitely closed. [[spoiler: Then the son of one of the victims said last victim finds out who the killer is and ''does him in''...]]
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Ryoko escapes punishment for her crimes on the planet Jurai because the StatuteOfLimitations ran out just after she was found and before she could be arrested. Didn't stop Ayeka from taking Ryoko in trying to find Yosho, NOR ''nor'' did it stop Ayeka's mom Misaki from slapping the ''bill from reconstruction'' on her.



* In ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'', the statute is used in the Italy arc. [[spoiler: Lunlun befriends Dario, a former PunchClockVillain from Sicily who used his ability to open all kinds of doors in a robbery several years ago and is still sought after for it, but the statute is just ''one day away'' from finishing. Then Lunlun gets [[LockedInAFreezer trapped in an airtight vault]], and Dario is the ''only'' one able to help her get out of there alive. He hesitates at first since this means the police working in the case will catch him (and for worse, the InspectorJavert working on his case is the one leading the team), but decides to show up anyway and opens the vault, saving Lunlun's life... and as he's doing so, the statute is gone ''by five minutes''. The InspectorJavert realises this and [[GracefulLoser without any hesitation]] he lets Dario go as a free man, even making good comments on both his bravery and his lockpicking skills.]]

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* In ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'', the statute is used in the Italy arc. [[spoiler: Lunlun befriends Dario, a former PunchClockVillain from Sicily who used [[MasterofUnlocking his ability to open all kinds of doors doors]] in a robbery several years ago and is still sought after for it, but the statute is just ''one day away'' from finishing. Then Lunlun gets [[LockedInAFreezer trapped in an airtight vault]], and Dario is the ''only'' one able to help her get out of there alive. He hesitates at first since this means the police working in the case will catch him (and for worse, the InspectorJavert working on his case is the one leading the team), but decides to show up anyway and opens the vault, saving Lunlun's life... and as he's doing so, the statute is gone ''by five minutes''. The InspectorJavert realises this and [[GracefulLoser without any hesitation]] he lets Dario go as a free man, even making good comments on both his bravery and his lockpicking skills.]]
6th Sep '15 11:00:59 AM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''{{NCIS}}'', a war veteran turns himself in for murdering a comrade in arms several decades ago. Despite his half-senile state and the reluctance of the team to investigate (he was a Medal of Honor recipient and the crime happened on Iwo Jima during WWII), the fact that there is no limitation on murder forces them to treat it as an open case.

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* In an episode of ''{{NCIS}}'', ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', a war veteran turns himself in for murdering a comrade in arms several decades ago. Despite his half-senile state and the reluctance of the team to investigate (he was a Medal of Honor recipient and the crime happened on Iwo Jima during WWII), the fact that there is no limitation on murder forces them to treat it as an open case.
20th Jul '15 3:39:13 PM Prfnoff
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* ''CombatMechaXabungle'' has a three-day limit as a plot point. The main character continues the pursuit of the criminal ''after'' the three days are up, so by definition ''he'' is breaking the law.

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* ''CombatMechaXabungle'' ''Anime/CombatMechaXabungle'' has a three-day limit as a plot point. The main character continues the pursuit of the criminal ''after'' the three days are up, so by definition ''he'' is breaking the law.
17th Jun '15 9:46:09 PM karstovich2
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In the law, a statutory time limit after which a person cannot be prosecuted for a crime (or similarly, cannot be sued for committing a tort or some other violation of civil legal duties).[[note]]Yes, there is a statute of limitations for contract actions--six years in most [[UsefulNotes/TheCommonLaw common law]] jurisdictions--although frankly those rarely come up.[[/note]]

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In the law, a statutory time limit after which a person cannot be prosecuted for a crime (or similarly, cannot be sued for committing a tort or some other violation of civil legal duties).[[note]]Yes, there is a statute of limitations for contract actions--six actions--four or six years in most [[UsefulNotes/TheCommonLaw common law]] jurisdictions--although frankly those rarely come up.[[/note]]
12th Jun '15 11:13:33 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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* ''TenchiMuyo'': Ryoko escapes punishment for her crimes on the planet Jurai because the StatuteOfLimitations ran out just after she was found and before she could be arrested. Didn't stop Ayeka from taking Ryoko in trying to find Yosho, NOR did it stop Ayeka's mom Misaki from slapping the ''bill from reconstruction'' on her.

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* ''TenchiMuyo'': ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Ryoko escapes punishment for her crimes on the planet Jurai because the StatuteOfLimitations ran out just after she was found and before she could be arrested. Didn't stop Ayeka from taking Ryoko in trying to find Yosho, NOR did it stop Ayeka's mom Misaki from slapping the ''bill from reconstruction'' on her.



* In HanaNoKoLunlun, the statute is used in the Italy arc. [[spoiler: Lunlun befriends Dario, a former PunchClockVillain from Sicily who used his ability to open all kinds of doors in a robbery several years ago and is still sought after for it, but the statute is just ''one day away'' from finishing. Then Lunlun gets [[LockedInAFreezer trapped in an airtight vault]], and Dario is the ''only'' one able to help her get out of there alive. He hesitates at first since this means the police working in the case will catch him (and for worse, the InspectorJavert working on his case is the one leading the team), but decides to show up anyway and opens the vault, saving Lunlun's life... and as he's doing so, the statute is gone ''by five minutes''. The InspectorJavert realises this and [[GracefulLoser without any hesitation]] he lets Dario go as a free man, even making good comments on both his bravery and his lockpicking skills.]]

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* In HanaNoKoLunlun, ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'', the statute is used in the Italy arc. [[spoiler: Lunlun befriends Dario, a former PunchClockVillain from Sicily who used his ability to open all kinds of doors in a robbery several years ago and is still sought after for it, but the statute is just ''one day away'' from finishing. Then Lunlun gets [[LockedInAFreezer trapped in an airtight vault]], and Dario is the ''only'' one able to help her get out of there alive. He hesitates at first since this means the police working in the case will catch him (and for worse, the InspectorJavert working on his case is the one leading the team), but decides to show up anyway and opens the vault, saving Lunlun's life... and as he's doing so, the statute is gone ''by five minutes''. The InspectorJavert realises this and [[GracefulLoser without any hesitation]] he lets Dario go as a free man, even making good comments on both his bravery and his lockpicking skills.]]
5th Mar '15 1:14:18 PM KeyaS
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* In Literature/ArtemisFowl, Billy Kong was set to get away with all of his crimes, until Butler remembered that he had once pulled a kitchen knife on a friend and that there was no statute of limitations on murder.
9th Feb '15 7:38:02 AM erforce
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* An episode of ''{{CSI}}'' revisits a previous case when the rapist who left his victim in a coma goads her husband into taking her off life support. This made the husband responsible for her murder. Had she died of her wounds from the original assault he would have been charged with her murder.
* In one ''MissionImpossible'' episode, the IMF convince a criminal that he has been in cryogenic suspension for several years and that the statute of limitations on his crimes has expired. Involves a ''double'' FakedRipVanWinkle.

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* An episode of ''{{CSI}}'' ''Series/{{CSI}}'' revisits a previous case when the rapist who left his victim in a coma goads her husband into taking her off life support. This made the husband responsible for her murder. Had she died of her wounds from the original assault he would have been charged with her murder.
* In one ''MissionImpossible'' ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode, the IMF convince a criminal that he has been in cryogenic suspension for several years and that the statute of limitations on his crimes has expired. Involves a ''double'' FakedRipVanWinkle.



* One episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'', "Limitations" dealt with this. Cragen was pressured to reopen three rape investigations after they were proven to be linked by DNA evidence, and they only had a matter of days for each one. He was less than pleased the higher ups deliberately waited to give it to him.

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* One episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', "Limitations" dealt with this. Cragen was pressured to reopen three rape investigations after they were proven to be linked by DNA evidence, and they only had a matter of days for each one. He was less than pleased the higher ups deliberately waited to give it to him.
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