History Main / ThereShouldBeALaw

30th Apr '16 8:39:59 AM Bissek
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* [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/29/us/oklahoma-sodomy-laws-inebriation/index.htmlThe Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals was forced to throw out a rape case]] because the state's legal definition of rape didn't cover excessively inebriated or unconscious victims. A state representative who had helped write the laws that the court used in its decision [[ObviousRulePatch promptly announced that he would start work on a bill to amend the law to cover these situations]].

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* [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/29/us/oklahoma-sodomy-laws-inebriation/index.htmlThe html The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals was forced to throw out a rape case]] because the state's legal definition of rape didn't cover excessively inebriated or unconscious victims. A state representative who had helped write the laws that the court used in its decision [[ObviousRulePatch promptly announced that he would start work on a bill to amend the law to cover these situations]].
30th Apr '16 8:39:43 AM Bissek
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* [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/29/us/oklahoma-sodomy-laws-inebriation/index.htmlThe Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals was forced to throw out a rape case]] because the state's legal definition of rape didn't cover excessively inebriated or unconscious victims. A state representative who had helped write the laws that the court used in its decision [[ObviousRulePatch promptly announced that he would start work on a bill to amend the law to cover these situations]].
30th Apr '16 8:28:36 AM Bissek
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*** Ankh-Morpork actually '''does''' have a Being Bloody Stupid Act, though it's rarely enforced, probably because, as mentioned above, the Watch doesn't have enough time or available cells to arrest everyone who violates it.
30th Apr '16 8:24:36 AM Bissek
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* Towards the beginning of the second book in the ''Literature/RiftwarCycle'', Princess Carline says to her minstrel lover that there should be a law about relationships like theirs. Laurie replies that there is - and under that law, ''his'' father is entitled to compensation for her having taking advantage of him (The law was written under the assumption that the situation would be a high-born male seducing a common-born woman, not a common-born man seducing a high-born woman).
31st Mar '16 1:26:36 PM MarkLungo
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->''Nobody ever came out and said, "Please pass a law so I can be forced to stop doing something I shouldn't be doing," no, it's always "Please pass a law to force ''them'' to stop doing something that I don't like."''

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->''Nobody ->''"Nobody ever came out and said, "Please 'Please pass a law so I can be forced to stop doing something I shouldn't be doing," doing,' no, it's always "Please 'Please pass a law to force ''them'' to stop doing something that I don't like."'''"''



* An early Marvel parody comic satirising the ComicsCode had a group of villains compaining about the clause that enforced TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin:

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* An early Marvel parody comic satirising the ComicsCode UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode had a group of villains compaining about the clause that enforced TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin:
10th Mar '16 7:00:23 PM zaphod77
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** To be fair, many state laws have a specific exception in the age of consent statutes for marriage, but that's not always the case.
16th Feb '16 3:47:42 PM Kalmbach
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** And in fact, upon learning that TheInternetIsForPorn, they (the US Congress) did pass a law against it, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_Decency_Act Communications Decency Act of 1996]]. However, it was extremely broad in some of its language, and could have been used to prosecute any person who uploaded pornography on the Internet in a manner that a minor could access (because [[SarcasmMode we all know minors don't lie about their age]]). It was struck down by the US Supreme Court the following year (Reno vs. ACLU), and another act with the same intent, the Child Online Protection Act of 1998, was blocked almost immediately after it was passed, and also later struck down by the Supreme Court.



** In his book ''I'm a Stranger Here Myself'', Creator/BillBryson talked about American politician Newt Gingrich calling for the ''death penalty'' for pot users, then followed it up with a proposal for a law making it a crime to be Newt Gingrich.

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** In his book ''I'm a Stranger Here Myself'', Creator/BillBryson talked about American politician Newt Gingrich [[DisproportionateRetribution calling for the ''death penalty'' penalty'']] for [[FelonyMisdemeanor pot users, users,]] then followed it up with a proposal for a law making it a crime to be Newt Gingrich.
10th Feb '16 12:38:28 PM JJHIL325
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* There's the case of [[http://www.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=&q=megan+meier Megan Meier]], who killed herself after a cute boy she had friended on MySpace told her the world would be a better place without her. The cute boy in question turned out to have been a fabrication made by the mother of Megan's former friend, a few neighborhood girls, and an 18-year-old working for the mother. Despite local and internet outrage, the Drews, the family that fabricated the boy, have not been arrested, because local authorities have not found any law broken under which their actions apply.

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* There's the case of [[http://www.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=&q=megan+meier Megan Meier]], who killed herself after a cute boy she had friended on MySpace told her the world would be a better place without her. The cute boy in question turned out to have been a fabrication made by the mother of Megan's former friend, a few neighborhood girls, and an 18-year-old working for the mother. Despite local and internet outrage, the Drews, the family that fabricated the boy, have not been arrested, because local authorities have not found any law broken under which their actions apply. It didn't stop people from posting their personal information online so they could get hunted down.
25th Jan '16 2:10:31 PM Kalibre
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** A variation of the argument for banning the sale of violent games was the insistence that the Electronic Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating on the packaging be made larger, which most people pointed out was ridiculous since movie ratings on DVDs are ''minuscule'' in comparison and are only featured on the back, whereas ESRB ratings are large enough easily spotted, are far more descriptive concerning software content, and are on both sides of the package.
25th Jan '16 1:58:02 PM Kalibre
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** One of the other men involved ''was'' charged in relation to the crime, but only for trespassing on the farm where the horse owners were unaware of the shenanigans. Nobody involved could be charged with animal abuse either, since the horses certainly weren't injured.

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** One of the other men involved ''was'' charged in relation with a crime relating to the crime, incident, but only it was for trespassing on the farm where the horse owners were unaware of the shenanigans.shenanigans, which got him only one year in jail. Nobody involved could be charged with animal abuse either, since the horses certainly weren't injured.
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