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(io9)   Eight ways that judges have cited Star Trek from the bench   (io9.com ) divider line
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2012-09-05 08:58:03 PM  
subspacecomms.com
 
2012-09-05 09:25:04 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-05 09:34:17 PM  

OriginalGamer: [i.imgur.com image 600x375]


I miss Battlestar Galactica...
 
2012-09-05 09:37:50 PM  
Oh sure, case of Four Lights vs. Five Lights.
 
2012-09-05 09:44:36 PM  
F.D.R. demands a New Deal, Supreme Court Justice says "make it so"
 
2012-09-05 09:47:27 PM  
i.cdn.turner.com

billy madison was a star trek spinoff right?
 
2012-09-05 10:17:15 PM  
Teabaggers so worried "foreign" law might be cited in American courts they don't see we're being taken over by laws from the FUTURE?
 
2012-09-05 10:18:05 PM  
It's funny that "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" line is quoted so many times, considering it appears nowhere in the constiution and would be abhorrent to our founding fathers.

//something 'bout tyranny of majorities or something.
 
2012-09-05 10:34:22 PM  
Aw. fark! Now I'll have to use yet another source for briefs and motions.
 
2012-09-05 10:42:02 PM  
Judges would value Shakespeare more if they red it in the original Klingon.

In the words of the old Vulcan proverb, "Only Nixon could go to China."
 
2012-09-05 11:01:02 PM  
I love how the article explains the origins of the references. For those unacquainted with the television series "Star Trek," this reference is to a device used by a civilization of beings called Romulans which rendered their spacecraft invisible to the naked eye.

Would somebody unacquainted with Star Trek really read this whole thing?
 
2012-09-05 11:12:00 PM  
There's a federal magistrate in my town who's named James Kirk. Always makes me laugh whenever I edit a story with him in it.
 
2012-09-05 11:14:08 PM  

flaminio: OriginalGamer: [i.imgur.com image 600x375]

I miss Battlestar Galactica...


Shut up, Wesley.

\not different enough? I suck at these. Biddibiddibiddi
 
2012-09-06 12:19:56 AM  

Nem Wan: Teabaggers so worried "foreign" law might be cited in American courts they don't see we're being taken over by laws from the FUTURE?


But at least its a 'MURICAN! future...
 
2012-09-06 01:14:14 AM  
sadly missing......

i47.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-06 02:06:17 AM  
strangely enough, jury nullification is legal and ignores most of this vulcan crap.
jury nullification allows you to toss out all of the facts and the laws and find someone not guilty if the law or the punish are immoral.
period.

the jury decides all of the facts of the case.
the jury decides which and any of the laws that they choose to follow.
and the judge has nothing to say about this.
the judge has no say, nor no idea on what actually happens during deliberation.

you think the drugs laws are insane? nullify
you think that that black kid is going to prison, where a white kid, in an identical situation would go free? nullify

strange but true
jury nullification is required for our system to work and yet the system does everything that it can to prevent the jury from knowing the truth.

jury nullification is LEGAL
even though the judge will lie to you and tell you that it is illegal

ROFL
farking justice
 
2012-09-06 02:10:51 AM  
Jury nullification is a constitutional doctrine which allows juries to acquit criminal defendants who are technically guilty, but who do not deserve punishment. It occurs in a trial when a jury reaches a verdict contrary to the judge's instructions as to the law.

A jury verdict contrary to the letter of the law pertains only to the particular case before it. If a pattern of acquittals develops, however, in response to repeated attempts to prosecute a statutory offence, this can have the de facto effect of invalidating the statute. A pattern of jury nullification may indicate public opposition to an unwanted legislative enactment.

this is constitutionally protected. and yet people still think it is illegal. sigh
 
2012-09-06 03:56:05 AM  
Just started going through DS9, again. Good times.

/NG was more limp-wristed than jim j bullock
//nog>wesley
 
2012-09-06 05:09:08 AM  
 
2012-09-06 05:37:27 AM  

flaminio: OriginalGamer: [i.imgur.com image 600x375]

I miss Battlestar Galactica...


You dumbass, that's Doctor Who!
 
2012-09-06 07:20:58 AM  

serial_crusher: I love how the article explains the origins of the references. For those unacquainted with the television series "Star Trek," this reference is to a device used by a civilization of beings called Romulans which rendered their spacecraft invisible to the naked eye.

Would somebody unacquainted with Star Trek really read this whole thing?


Those explanations were from the actual judicial decisions, not from io9.
 
2012-09-06 11:38:12 AM  
Now I'm curious about the number of judicial Star Wars quotes.
 
2012-09-06 01:16:24 PM  

thomps: billy madison was a star trek spinoff right?


If so, if was spun off from Voyager. Or possibly the third season of Enterprise.
 
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