History Main / ThereShouldBeALaw

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.
25th Jan '16 1:56:45 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.
17th Jan '16 10:49:08 AM nombretomado
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* ''[[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'' does this quite a bit, naturally.
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* ''[[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'' does this quite a bit, naturally.
1st Dec '15 7:09:31 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''GarfieldAndFriends'', Garfield tried to eat the food in a museum display and then declared "There should be a law against plastic food!"
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* In an episode of ''GarfieldAndFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Garfield tried to eat the food in a museum display and then declared "There should be a law against plastic food!"
22nd Nov '15 6:40:38 AM SandyGunfox
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** Often a justification cited for this is the argument that, while it may be legitimate under theories of voluntary contract, the way some Muslim communities see the issue can force members into a SadisticChoice of rules that may be harsh, arbitrary, or unequal, or choosing to essentially be exiled by their community for doing things that are not illegal but are outlawed by the rules the community follows.
8th Nov '15 11:25:30 AM nombretomado
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* 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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* RedVsBlue ''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.
28th Sep '15 2:13:21 PM EDP
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* This is the origin of Italy's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_41-bis_prison_regime 41-bis prison regime]]: after noticing that [[MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll convicted terrorists were still coordinating with their organizations]], the Italian parliament [[ObviousRulePatch authorized a prison regime that effectively blocked a convict's means to communicate with the outside]], and extended it to some other criminals after realizing that the Mafia was doing the same.
13th Sep '15 11:46:33 AM MechWarrior
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* In the UK, when banker Fred Goodwin [[CorruptCorporateExecutive helped further ruin an already-ruined economy and then awarded himself a huge pension]], the Government tried to find a way of calling him out on it but failed because everything he'd done was perfectly legal. This caused much public outrage, to the extent where some people apparently thought the Government should just [[CrowningMomentOfFunny temporarily pass a law that being named Fred Goodwin was illegal]]. It was further conflicted by the fact that Parliament do have the powers to confiscate his pension, but doing so would either violate contract law, or be a passing bill of attainder, which, while actually legal in the UK (and was actually one of the reasons for UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution), is seen as immensely improper to do in any advanced democracy.
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* In the UK, when banker Fred Goodwin [[CorruptCorporateExecutive helped further ruin an already-ruined economy and then awarded himself a huge pension]], the Government tried to find a way of calling him out on it but failed because everything he'd done was perfectly legal. This caused much public outrage, to the extent where some people apparently thought the Government should just [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments temporarily pass a law that being named Fred Goodwin was illegal]]. It was further conflicted by the fact that Parliament do have the powers to confiscate his pension, but doing so would either violate contract law, or be a passing bill of attainder, which, while actually legal in the UK (and was actually one of the reasons for UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution), is seen as immensely improper to do in any advanced democracy.
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