Episode 2×05 of How To Get Away With Murder, “Meet Bonnie” begins with a conflicted Asher Millstone fleeing court, where he is supposed to be testifying against Annalise and Co in exchange for immunity in the present case and a mysterious incident from his past. His mind was made up regarding testifying until the end of episode 2×04 (which led to more events in this episode) when Bonnie claimed that she was the one who murdered Sam. Bonnie’s desperate attempt to stop Asher from testifying along with Annalise furthering Bonnie’s attempts by trying to gain sympathy from Asher via footage that allegedly displays Bonnie as a child getting sexually abused by her father. Annalise goes along with Bonnie’s fabricated story that Sam tried to rape Bonnie and she killed him in self defense. This brings us to our first offense of the episode! (more…)
My PLL finale broken laws entry is coming, I PROMISE!! I have been super busy but I’ve decided how I will start off my Charlotte entry by using the stunts that Marlene confirmed Charlotte definitely orchestrated. That way I at least have a guide; I was overwhelmed with the idea of going back and finding every SINGLE law she broke. Now I have a realistic goal to work with and I am pumped to write it! Stay tuned!!
This edition of Pretty Little Broken Laws will focus on Alison and Lorenzo. In the episode, Alison visits Lorenzo who is still recovering from last week’s arcade riot, the result of the police invading Jason’s so-called private rendez-vous with Charles.
Alison folds Lorenzo’s clothing and makes him soup; she charms him with claims that she couldn’t think of a better way to thank him. But when Lorenzo falls asleep, Ali thinks of the best way to thank him! She steals his police ID/key so that she can see the evidence about Charles with her own eyes and without permission.
Because the police in Rosewood are so vigilant, her plan goes off without a hitch until Tanner catches her. “I didn’t touch anything!” Alison insists while simultaneously holding a piece of evidence in her hands; it’s her old rattle from when she was a baby and the police found it in the bunker. The only problem is that now, the rattle is evidence from a crime scene and Ali isn’t allowed to play with it like she’s a newborn.
Ali must have felt left out because her friends have been busy breaking into animal labs (check out my entry on that )while she has been on her best behavior, but now she’s pushing her luck.
Ali’s Broken Law 1: 18 PA Cons. Stat. § 3921. Theft by unlawful taking or disposition. (In relevant part)
LEGAL NOTE: Ali would likely get the second degree misdemeanor here. (more…)
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My blog got its start when I was struggling through the painstaking process of studying for the bar exam and wondering how come I could memorize the minutiae of every episode of Pretty Little Liars (when I could still make time to watch) but I couldn’t find a better way to memorize all of the copious information I needed to pass the test.
I decided to make a blog that mixed the two; the blog would cover the laws that the characters broke in episodes of TV shows, starting with Pretty Little Liars. I have since passed the bar exam; I am a barred attorney in New York, and I’ve added other TV shows to the blog, striving to addeducational value to viewers and write about the law in a fun, creative and unique manner.
Here is part two of my legal analysis of episode 6×06 of PLL.
The girls, minus Emily, break into the lab where Lesli works and discover that she does some sort of animal testing work. Spencer immediately wants to go through her receipts amongst her other belongings. Spencer discovers that the girls are chipped and it looks like Lesli did it, since Hanna starts beeping like crazy when they go near a tracking device in the lab where she works. Chips like these are sometimes used in pets to prevent them from getting lost.
Once again, all of this is very scary but none of this makes the girls’ behavior legal. They broke into the lab with an obvious intent to break the law. I can’t believe the girls don’t explore the possibility that somebody else is framing Lesli for this or forcing her to do some of it, but once they have their suspect of the month, they stick to it until the police rule that person out. This is the norm in Rosewood and right now Lesli looks guilty as sin.
These girls love to work together and one day they might have to pay for their bond. Bad pun intended.
18 PA Cons. Stat. § 903. Criminal conspiracy.
This is part one for the broken laws in episode 6×06 of “Pretty Little Liars,” “No Stone Unturned.”
Let’s start with some fun Pretty Little Liars translation! In Rosewood; “Spencer has an appointment in Philly” is Hanna-talk for stealing Lesli Stone’s car. They don’t call her a pretty little liar for nothing; Hanna said it without even flinching when Ashley asked where she was going.
Hanna watches Lesli; she follows/ stalks her to her faculty meeting making snarky remarks about her tardiness and adding content to her pretty little criminal record. She uses a fake, dumb blonde ditzy charm to trick the man working for the valet parking service. She acts like her feelings are hurt because this man doesn’t remember her and her car and eventually manipulates him into handing over the car, literally he drives the car to her and hands her the keys! Hanna must have heard I was looking for some good content to put in this blog!
Hanna has taken me back to season one when the girls still had time to attend parties. Hanna was angry because her boyfriend at the time, Sean, wouldn’t ditch his virginity pact for her, so she stole his car and left the party in it. Now her motive was a lot different in this episode with Lesli’s car, but the crime is still the same!
Hanna’s broken laws: 18 PA Cons. Stat § 3928. Unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles.(more…)
Towards the beginning of the episode, we see Andrew get arrested, but not before Toby is able to tackle him to the ground! As Toby pounces on Spencer’s former academic decathlon captain, Andrew begs for Toby to listen to him and not to be violent. Toby ignores him and proceeds to punch him, pretty hard in my opinion, in the stomach. Admittedly if I believed that someone had kidnapped and tortured my significant other, I can’t imagine my reaction being pretty. However I would also know that I shouldn’t be the on duty police officer in such a circumstance, and this is something Toby doesn’t seem to have learned. Even if you think someone stalked your girlfriend, Toby is in the police department and still has a duty as a police officer that doesn’t get waived so he can kick Andrew Campbell’s ass. Fortunately, Toby’s partner, Lorenzo, stops this before it gets worse, and Toby implies that he would have continued; he demands for Lorenzo to give him 5 minutes alone with Andrew, and I doubt those minutes would have been pretty or peaceful. Thankfully Lorenzo refused to do this, commanding Toby to do his job instead of having an unauthorized, illegal wrestling match with a kidnapping suspect.
Because of police violence becoming an emerging topic of importance in society, I feel that it’s important to cover this. I did some research on the issue because of its complexity, and it turns out there are legal arguments that the current law in Pennsylvania might conflict with the federal law. It is NOT my place to decide if that’s true or not, but I will provide information to explain why it is possible but not guaranteed that Toby could get in legal trouble for what he did to Andrew. Some might argue that his violence wasn’t enough to warrant legal trouble, but others may not agree, and once again I felt this topic was important to discuss regardless of the outcome.
Toby’s Potential Broken Law! : Using Excessive Force as a Police Officer Section 1983 within Title 42 of the United States Code. And 18 PA Cons. Stat. § 508. Use of force in law enforcement. (more…)
Usually I don’t cover A’s crimes until we learn a definitive identity of A, but for “Charles” I am making an exception. His crazy behavior has been the focus of the last two PLL episodes, as he thought it would be a good idea to forcibly restrain six girls in his disturbing, creepy, life-sized dollhouse. It’s scary to think about the fact that we once found Mona’s toy dollhouse problematic. Her entire lair comes dangerously close to looking normal at this point! In case you hadn’t figured this out, Charles’s conduct is NOT legal in the least, which makes him the perfect villain for my blog!
Let’s discuss the major elephant in the room first!
Charles’s Major Crime!
18 PA Cons. Stat. § 2901. Kidnapping. (in relevant part) (more…)
Highlights from the beginning of the Episode: Stay Tuned for More!
“I’m not pleading guilty to anything!” Emily/ Amanda adamantly declares at her hearing at the beginning of the episode. When the judge awarded her house arrest and warned her of the harsh consequences that would come if she violated it, one would think that she’d be on her best behavior. Then one would remember that this is Emily/Amanda we’re talking about, and as Nolan recently put it, “Emily Thorne wasn’t built for good.” Ben called this one, the second Emily got an ankle monitor, she started dreaming up schemes to escape. With the help of Nolan and David, she briefly succeeded before landing herself back in prison. Let’s start off with Emily’s criminal behavior of leaving her house in clear violation of her house arrest. Despite David’s begging and attempt at being a strict father with rules, Emily quickly snuck out after receiving her monitor.
Broken Law # 1! § 205.15 Escape in the first degree. (more…)
ANNOUNCEMENT GOOD NEWS
I have been thinking about how to change this blog to make it easier for me to maintain and better for you readers. I finally figured out how to do it. Presently, my entries come out too long; I know that. They often take so long to do, that I would find myself “forcing” myself to do something I love, which was not what I was going for when I started this blog. It would take hours to watch episodes over again to make sure I got every detail. I have been taking a break and focusing on a happy medium/ compromise so that this blog could be successful.
FROM NOW ON: I will be choosing the glaring, INTERESTING, broken laws; the ones that stand out to me the most in episodes of our favorite tv shows. Instead of one long entry, if an episode has a lot I want to cover, I will do more than one entry. These entries will be shorter — don’t worry, they will never be TOO SHORT; I don’t believe myself to be capable. They will be shorter than my current entries though, but more content rich. I plan on producing better written, more creative, well researched articles by implementing this new method. This will benefit both me as a writer and my readers; it will present me with more realistic goals and allow me to create the content I wanted to when I started this blog, and it will make the entries more enjoyable and palatable for readers. The best part is that this will also allow me to update the blog more frequently and regularly!
This idea came to me because as many of you know, one of my favorite shows, Revenge, is coming to an end. Because of that, I have been thinking about the show more often, and in turn, better options for this blog. One particular part of Revenge’s penultimate episode inspired this new idea, and I will be covering it shortly and you will see what I mean. I am very excited about this, as I will be able to provide you with more of what I wanted to when I first started writing this blog. If there is a part that I don’t cover that you would like to see, PLEASE contact me via comments and let me know. Thank you so much for remaining patient; I wanted to restart this blog and be honest with my readers about why I had been struggling to do so. I hope you enjoy the new change as much as I do!