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8th May '18 9:59:16 PM Teakay
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The Bona Dea scandal, in the aftermath of which the Roman Senate passed a special law expanding the definition of sacrilege in order to prosecute the aspiring politician who crashed a women-only religious ceremony DisguisedInDrag.
20th Apr '18 10:44:48 PM wrpen99
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** Instead of coming up with any crime that was actually committed, reckless driving is just slapped on.


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** And speaking of the UK and violations of free speech, there is now legal precedent similar to that of Germany's censorship laws over the Count Dankula case [[labelnote:*]] wherein a scottish YouTuber was accused, found guilty of, and sentenced to 6 months in jail for...teaching a dog to raise it's paw and posting a video of it[[/labelnote]], which certainly begs the question of how the court might treat the aforementioned winding up if it happens to be of a political nature.
24th Feb '18 3:47:37 AM Jarl
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* In ''Series/TheFrankensteinChronicles'', Body Snatching is treated this way. [[HardboiledDetective John Marlott]] is incensed to see bodies being sold practically in the open, and asks a body snatcher how he gets away with it, only to be told "[[InsaneTrollLogic A corpse isn't property]]." In reality, body snatching ''was'' illegal at the time, but as a corpse genuinely wasn't considered a kind of property, body snatching was just a minor misdemeanor. In practice, authorities simply let it happen as it was seen as a NecessaryEvil until the passage of the Anatomy Act, around which the first series of ''The Frankenstein Chronicles'' revolves.
7th Feb '18 7:52:48 PM Lanes17B
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode where Squidward moves into Tentacle Acres, a cephalopod only gated community, after yet another one of Spongebob's shenanigans, he eventually becomes so bored of how monotonous his routine's become, that he starts behaving much like Spongebob. When the citizens corner him and try to evict him for citing all the nuisances they listed against him, he retorts with:
--> '''Squidward:''' Grievances! This town is a grievance! There should be a law against so many stuck-up tightwads living in one place! This city needs to be destroyed! Or at least, painted a different color.
11th Jan '18 9:06:33 AM Viira
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has this between the Chairman and the Director when it comes to light that [[spoiler: the Director tortured an AI of himself to get personality-fragments.]] When confronted with the evidence, the culprit openly admitted to the act, but pointed out that it wasn't illegal because [[spoiler: he did it to "himself".]] Shortly thereafter, a whole battery of laws are passed to prevent things like this from happening again, and there's talk of naming them after the culprit.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has this between the Chairman and the Director when it comes to light that [[spoiler: the Director tortured an AI copy of himself to get personality-fragments.]] When confronted with the evidence, the culprit openly admitted admits to the act, but pointed points out that it wasn't illegal because [[spoiler: he did it to "himself".]] Shortly thereafter, a whole battery of laws are passed to prevent things like this from happening again, and there's talk of naming them after the culprit.
2nd Dec '17 8:39:11 AM CrypticMirror
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* In the last season of ''Series/{{Quincy}}'', nearly every episode was an {{Anvilicious}} exposé of some activity that "oughta be illegal". From ghost surgery, to advertising alcohol on TV, to fraternity hazing, there was hardly a frowned-upon activity the show didn't attack.

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* In the last season of ''Series/{{Quincy}}'', ''Series/QuincyME'', nearly every episode was an {{Anvilicious}} exposé of some activity that "oughta be illegal". From ghost surgery, to advertising alcohol on TV, to fraternity hazing, there was hardly a frowned-upon activity the show didn't attack.
26th Oct '17 11:44:11 PM darkemyst
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* Played with twice by Fudge and Umbridge in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. During Harry's trial Dumbledore states that there is no law stating that the Ministry can hand out school punishment; Fudge murmurs "Laws can be changed". When Dumbledore overrules Umbridge, forcing her to re-form the Gryffindor Quidditch team, she calls up Fudge and receives a nice educational decree ("[[LampshadeHanging Oh, not another one!]]") giving her absolute power.
7th Oct '17 4:26:22 PM BigKlingy
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* One episode of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' had a {{Jerkass}} who {{ReallyGetsAround}} get a woman pregnant and then want nothing to do with her. She ended up dying horribly from drinking too much of a deadly substance trying to abort the baby. The lead characters lament being unable to arrest him despite him being technically responsible for her death, as being a philanderer isn't illegal.

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* One episode of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' had a {{Jerkass}} who {{ReallyGetsAround}} ReallyGetsAround get a woman pregnant and then want nothing to do with her. She ended up dying horribly from drinking too much of a deadly substance trying to abort the baby. The lead characters lament being unable to arrest him despite him being technically responsible for her death, as being a philanderer isn't illegal.
7th Oct '17 4:25:59 PM BigKlingy
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* One episode of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' had a {{Jerkass}} who {{ReallyGetsAround}} get a woman pregnant and then want nothing to do with her. She ended up dying horribly from drinking too much of a deadly substance trying to abort the baby. The lead characters lament being unable to arrest him despite him being technically responsible for her death, as being a philanderer isn't illegal.
22nd Sep '17 1:20:44 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 Website/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, didn't get arrested, because local authorities have not found any law broken under which their actions apply. However, [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion it didn't stop the entire town from permanently shunning the family]] or [[LaserGuidedKarma having some of them post their address and other personal information online so out-of-towners could harass and vandalize them]].

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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 Website/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, didn't get arrested, because local authorities have not found any law broken under which their actions apply. However, [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion it didn't stop the entire town from permanently shunning the family]] those involved]] or [[LaserGuidedKarma having some of them post their address addresses and other personal information online so out-of-towners could harass and vandalize them]].
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