Time for another installment of the Law and the Multiverse Retcons series, in which I discuss changes in the law (or corrections in my analysis) that affect older posts. Alert readers will notice that there was no Retcon #9. This is because there are actually two Retcon #6s, and I have decided to retcon the Retcon numbering system as though I had not lost the ability to count to 10 at some point between kindergarten and last year.
This Retcon addresses some of my shortcomings on a recent episode of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, specifically my discussion of Man of Steel and Superman’s possible civil and criminal liability for the destruction of Metropolis. I saw the movie when it was released and had forgotten several key plot points that affect the legal analysis. Thanks to Damon for pointing out these issues! Some spoilers for Man of Steel follow.
Following a theme for the day: Just as with Star Trek, I also rarely talk or write about Harry Potter, since the details of its fictional legal system are kind of fuzzy. Luckily, long-time reader Naomi recently wrote a post on her blog that raises some great questions about the interaction between the wizarding and muggle legal systems.
Star Trek is usually outside the scope of this blog, since its fictional legal systems are a) quite a bit different from ours and b) not very well fleshed-out in any of the TV series or movies. But previous guest author Larry Friedman has recently found a way to bring Star Trek and the law together on his Customs Law Blog, with a post about a customs ruling involving Star Trek toys. Larry goes on to muse about the role of customs law in the Star Trek universe. As it turns out, a check of a database of Star Trek transcripts finds a few references to cargo manifests, particularly on Deep Space Nine (unsurprising given the setting). So while we don’t see a lot of customs law on Star Trek, it does exist.
Occasional guest author Brad Desnoyer and I were interviewed for the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, hosted by wired.com. Thanks to David Barr Kirtley for a great interview!