A Little Kidnapped : Brief Legal Recap of episode 7×02 of PLL, Bedlam, Featuring A.D.

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A Little Kidnapped : Brief Legal Recap of episode 7×02 of PLL, Bedlam, Featuring A.D.

The girls were shockingly well behaved in the legal world in this episode of Pretty Little Liars. But not to worry, I still have legal discussion points! We are going to take this brief burst of good behavior by our characters to discuss the exact opposite conduct by our very own villain, A.D.

At the beginning of the episode, Mary Drake, against her better judgment (or so she says) brings Hanna to Spencer’s house to reunite with her friends instead of consulting with the police or perhaps a hospital. Hanna doesn’t trust the police and doctors in this town, a sentiment to which Mary admits later in the episode that she can relate. Mary makes this admission in conversation with Spencer on her choice to bring Hanna to her house despite the condition in which she found her.

At the end of episode 7×01, Mary found Hanna wearing more bruises and blood than clothing. It was clear something horrible had happened during her ordeal, and we saw some photos and clips courtesy of A.D. In the premiere A.D also was kind enough to send Hanna’s friends photos of her bloody face. Additionally, we as viewers saw some of what Hanna went through.

We saw her getting doused in water to the point of extreme discomfort, she clearly was physically attacked by this mystery person, and that’s just the information we have as of now. Despite the trauma and torture from which Hanna just escaped, aside from a few questions from Aria, the PLLs and company understand that in Rosewood, it might not be best for Hanna to report the incident to any authority figures. I understand it too, especially considering the horrific track record the doctors and police in rosewood have with the girls.

After Spencer’s house, Hanna’s friends bring her to Lucas’s loft. There, Emily encourages Hanna to call her fiancé, something that none of her friends did during the time Hanna was missing and getting abused. Hanna’s response to Emily’s suggestion is our blog quote of the day and will lead us to our discussion about A.D.’s behavior. Hanna has no desire to call her fiancé (who by the end of this episode no longer is her fiancé). When Emily presses the idea and insists that Hanna will feel better after hearing Jordan’s voice, Hanna fires back. “And tell him what? I got myself a little kidnapped for awhile?”

Generally my policy in this blog for PLL is not to cover A’s behavior until we learn his or her identity. However I make exceptions when the other characters behave too well for my blog’s own good. None of you thought kidnapping was legal, right? (more…)

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Tick Tock Bitches! So many crimes, such little time. PLL 7.01 Legal Recap!

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Tick Tock Bitches! So many crimes, such little time. PLL 7.01 Legal Recap!

Mary Drake, who the actress refers to as “the new b*tch in town” just became the new owner of the scariest resort on earth, The Lost Woods Resort. She immediately goes to the police station to report a break in, which Ezra astutely points out, was orchestrated by the liars and company. This makes them look bad in the eyes of the law.

PLL broken laws! (more…)

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Breaking Down Broken Laws in PLL based on Marlene King’s interview: PART ONE

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Breaking Down Broken Laws in PLL based on Marlene King’s interview: PART ONE

When Charlotte was revealed as A, show runner I. Marlene King answered a myriad of questions about the show in an interview. She explained who was behind the many cruel and illegal acts on PLL. I figured exploring these answers from a legal standpoint would be a good way to get this blog up and running again.

In episode 2×04, Blind Dates, Ian was killed. Afterwards, fans wondered for the next 4 seasons who was behind his death. I. Marlene King has stated that Ian killed himself but that Mona staged the crime scene and wrote the suicide note composed of creepy A texts. In case anyone is wondering where I’m going with, it is not legal to stage a crime scene or to write a fake suicide note that’s riddled with lies.

If Mona were actually tried for all of her misdeeds, we would be here for years. These acts are actually pretty tame for her character.

Broken Law Alert 18 Pa Cons. Stat. § 4910. Tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Broken Law Click Here to Reveal

Next, we learned that in episode 3×13, Detective Wilden was behind Garrett Reynolds’ death and also putting Aria in a box with his dead body. Since Marlene King claims that Wilden was acting alone when he did this, I take that to mean that Wilden also drugged Aria. Wilden always had an interesting way of enforcing the law. Although we did not see it happen, we are told that Wilden shot Garrett, bringing us to our next pretty little crime, which actually was incredibly ugly.

Wilden’s Broken Law Alert (for killing Garrett) 18 Pa Cons. Stat. § 2501. Criminal homicide. (In this case it’s first degree murder)

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The next issue with Wilden is arguably up for debate. If someone locked me in a box with a dead body and tried to push me off a train, I might think that person was trying to kill me. Then again, if Wilden had wanted to kill Aria, he could have shot her the way he did to Garrett. I am going to discuss both, aggravated assault and attempted murder. You guys can be the judges and let me know your opinion on Wilden’s intent.

Wilden’s Broken Laws!

18 Pa Cons. Stat. § 2702. Aggravated assault. (In relevant part)

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OR : 18 Pa Cons. Stat. § 901. Criminal attempt (in relevant part).

Broken Law Click Here to Reveal

18 Pa Cons. Stat. § 2502. Murder (in relevant part).

Broken Law Click Here to Reveal

The law also takes issue with the fact that Wilden had Aria trapped, against her will in a box with no reasonable way of escaping. This makes him guilty of another crime; I know everyone is shocked about this corrupt officer breaking another law.

Wilden’s Broken Law! 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2903. False imprisonment.

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Wilden caused so much trouble in season 3 and Charlotte couldn’t have him going around attempting to take the lives of her “dolls” and especially threatening her family. The interview with I. Marlene King confirms Charlotte’s confession in the finale of season 6A; the interview reflects that Cece killed Wilden. We already know that Wilden was shot and that multiple people tried to take credit for his death. Charlotte is lucky she did not get caught officially, because it’s frowned upon to kill police officers, even the crooked, “ass backwards” ones in Rosewood.

Charlotte’s Broken Law Alert!

18 Pa Cons. Stat.§ 2507. Criminal homicide of law enforcement officer. (In relevant part)

Broken Law Click Here to Reveal

Apparently in Rosewood, the A team gets sent to a mental institution instead of prison, even if they’ve killed someone before. As Mona once put it, “don’t they know that’s what we want?”

This is getting long, so I am going to end part one of this entry here. I. Marlene King has a lot more answers in this interview, so stay tuned for my next installments. Additionally, please comment with episodes from PLL 6b you’d like me to cover; I didn’t cover that part of the season but I want to do it now. Thanks for reading!