December 21, 2010

Cute [1:49 pm]

Made me think of one of the questions from the recurring Saturday Night Live “What If?” skit — “What If … Superman grew up in Nazi Germany?” Law and the Multiverse Blog Mixes Lawyers and Superheroes [pdf]

Is Superman’s heat vision a weapon? If so, would the Second Amendment protect his right to melt pistols and cook hamburgers with it?

You might not have thought to ask these questions. You might have, in other words, a life. But a new blog and the interest it is generating shows that there are people who look at an epic battle between superheroes and supervillains and really, really want to know who should be found liable for the broken buildings and shattered streets.

Those people now have a blog called Law and the Multiverse: Superheroes, supervillains, and the law. Kicked off on Nov. 30, it addresses questions like: “What if someone is convicted for murder, and then the victim comes back to life?” And whether mutants are a legally recognizable class entitled to constitutional protection from discrimination.

(”What If … Eleanor Roosevelt Could Fly?” was the best question, though.)

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