History Main / ThereShouldBeALaw

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]].
14th Sep '17 3:41:23 PM Fireblood
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** In the same vein, necrophilia is not illegal in and on itself in most countries.

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** In the same vein, necrophilia [[ILoveTheDead necrophilia]] is not illegal in and on of itself in most countries.
16th Aug '17 4:00:37 AM Fiendish
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** The show does play this for comedy at least once, in an early episode where Cerreta and Logan are interviewing a video store clerk:
--->'''Clerk:''' These kids were in here. Trying to get all kinds of hardcore stuff. Can you believe it? There oughtta be a law!
--->'''Cerreta:''' There IS a law.
7th Aug '17 8:33:31 PM Berrenta
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* In many US states, there has been a conflict where laws allow people to marry at lower ages than they can have sex. The Colorado Supreme Court once ruled that a 14 year old girl could get married, but having sex with her husband would count as statutory rape. Following this the legislature raised the age of consent to marry so it would match that for having sex.
** 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.

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* In many US states, there has been a conflict where laws allow people to marry at lower ages than they can have sex. The Colorado Supreme Court once ruled that a 14 year old girl could get married, but having sex with her husband would count as statutory rape. Following this the legislature raised the age of consent to marry so it would match that for having sex. \n** To be fair, While many state laws have a specific exception in the age of consent statutes for marriage, but that's not always the case.
15th Jul '17 1:10:21 AM infernape612
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** Another episode, "The Lying Game", had a case leading the team to a company specialized on making fake alibis (based on the real life [[http://www.alibinetwork.com/index.jsp Alibi Network]]) to cover up things like extra-marital affairs, etc; going so far as to provide fake receipts and an entire call center of people pretending to be representatives of companies that don't even exist. Flack is particularly annoyed by this and snipes that their services could have been used to cover up a murder (the two main suspects had alibis provided by the company).[[spoiler: Turns out the two were just having an affair but the murder was still made to be indirectly caused by the company: The killer stumbled upon his coworker's (faked) receipts for "leadership seminars", thought this meant his boss was secretly training the coworker to be promoted instead of him and killed the boss.]]

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** Another episode, "The Lying Game", had a case leading the team to a company specialized on making fake alibis (based on the real life [[http://www.alibinetwork.com/index.jsp Alibi Network]]) to cover up things like extra-marital affairs, etc; going so far as to provide fake receipts and an entire call center of people pretending to be representatives of companies that don't even exist. Flack is particularly annoyed by this and snipes that their services could have been used to cover up a murder (the two main suspects had alibis provided by the company).[[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out the two were just having an affair but the murder was still made to be indirectly caused by the company: The killer stumbled upon his coworker's (faked) receipts for "leadership seminars", thought this meant his boss was secretly training the coworker to be promoted instead of him and killed the boss.]]
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