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Omnipresent Man got the law wrong. Even if someone is only planning a crime and has not done anything else illegal they can still be convicted of conspiracy in some jurisdictions.

Also, it only counts as entrapment if the person who makes the arrest intentionally causes the person they arrest to commit a crime that they would otherwise have not committed.

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

I bet Gregory Bogosian is a law person.

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheClownCarTragedy

the last panel has me confused but I'm just going to let it slide

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterScott_T

@Gregory: Of course they got the law wrong; they're superheroes!

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKonrad

Lionel Hutz taught me the prefered term is "Law Talking Guy"

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKschobert

The Clown Car Tragedy, you might lose that bet.
I'm pretty sure he's mistaken about conspiracy; at least one of the conspirators has to take an action directly related to the planned crime, such as procuring a weapon, or a key to get into the property where the crime is to take place, or paying money for the crime to be done. Otherwise, they could argue they were talking about a movie script, or just talking (as protected by the "freedom of speech" amendment)
I'm not actually a law person - a friend of my family was accused of conspiracy. (it was bogus, but we learned a lot)

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

What if he's not in one of those jurisdictions? Oh wait, Omnipresent man is in all jurisdictions!

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaimie Nicholson

Since he's everywhere, any attempt at stabbing/slashing/cutting could constitute an attempt to kill him!

January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

Of course Omnipresent Man knows that. He's just counting on Rick (I mean, Knifeketeer) not knowing that.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Aren't we all trying to kill omnipresent man? I mean, he's beneath every knife we cut with, and below every heavy weight we drop, and in front of every vehicle we drive. Like it or not, we're out to get him. All of us. That's why he's always in a jaunty pose--to actually throw a punch would hit himself.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

I don't understand how it never clicked in my mind before but i just realized what their symbols on their chests are...

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I had no idea that the legal ramifications of superherocity were so complex.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Scott must be feeling so silly right now..... ;-)

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

So, Omnipresent Man's strategy must be to distract criminals committing other crimes into trying to kill him, while not similarly influencing the jury.

The other guy who isn't Knifeketeer is Mr. Everywhere, right? I've seen him around.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

So what if he gets done for entrapment? He's already in prison.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Obviously, another of Omnipresent Man's limitations is not understanding the law.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterstringph

I'm pretty sure there has been a previous comic that already explained that Omnipresent Man's grasp on the law is so tenuous he doesn't even know the word "lawyer" :)

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterM

knifecateer and who's his other himself?

Note from Scott: That's Mr. everywhere.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBleepBloop

A better excuse would be that since he's everywhere, any time he swings his fist he punches literally everybody.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Of course, Omnipresent Man is also in every potential criminal target -- say, every bank vault. I'm not sure his main occupation is even fighting crime. The superhero thing could just be a cover.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNed

In some jurisdictions, yes. But Omnipresent Man has to consider the law everywhere.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTK

I bet Gregory Bogosian wants to know more about what happened to the clowns.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNotI

Maybe, but he's right. Not stopping someone from committing a crime isn't Entrapment, and you can indeed be arrested for taking steps to prepare to commit a crime, even if you never actually do it.

For a really good (and entertaining) guide to these legal issues, check out

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTexasDex

He's right though Conspiracy is a crime in most jurisdictions. I knew that and I'm not a "law person", just an IT guy.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdoppleganger

Also, entrapment is only relevant if the person doing the entrapping is a representative of the government, i.e., a law enforcement officer.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSirTJ

Well, he is Omnipresent Man, not Went To Law School Man.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErik

Yet another advantage to not being super smart: I can enjoy comics like this without needed to research all the legal reasons why it may or may not be "wrong" somehow.

Silly me!

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZirconia Wolf

OM: "You don't see it, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen".
KT: "Doesn't mean it does, either."
OM: "I don't understand."
KT: "Just because you don't understand my point, that doesn't mean I don't have one."

Best argument against religion ever!

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNathan Paul Simons

Have no fear, Omnipresent Man! It is I, Omnigod, protector of all superheros, continuously giggling at your ongoing exploits.
Carry on, for know that you are immoral!! Oops, I mean immortal. Yeah, that's it, immortal. Kinda. I think.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkurtc

Talk about conspiracy theorists...

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHoju

Panel 3 is the most succinct statement I've seen of the theological problem of evil, i.e. how to reconcile the existence of evil with a god who is benevolent, omnipotent, omniscient, and (like our costumed crusaders) omnipresent. Our hero's explanation is very similar to the one given by traditional Christian theology, and is just as unsatisfying.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPicador

Only in BI could Omnipresent Man's waffling evolve organically into a discussion of criminal procedure law and theodicy/the problem of evil.

January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCharityB

@Robert Carnegie
Well played. Well played indeed.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimpler Simon

I think Omnipresent Man's first-panel sideways smile is kinda sexy. There, I said it.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Oh my flying spaghetti monster you people are such pedantic buzz-kills.
Who cares if it's law correctness in whatever non-specific country you live in. It's a flipping joke about some guy making up excuses to not do his "job" and highlighting the ridiculousness of super powers (his specifically).

It's like joking that Superman attempting to throw a punch should just look like a nuke going off due to the way physics works.

Why not complain that Omnipresent man is suffocating everyone because he's filling up their lungs with him? Or that since he's filling up the vacuum of space he's dying? Or maybe that he can't interact with the material world because he's occupying the space between atomic particles, or some junk like that.

It's a comic(book). No, law (physics) doesn't work that way, but for the sake of the joke(story) not being boring drivel about real-life it does.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSpatulaoDoom

Well, he is Omnipresent Man, not Went To Law School Man.

Well, but he was in all my classes . . .

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrea

Omnipresent Man could change the copyright date.

January 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeniy

There is no "Problem of Evil". The people who consider that a good argument always forget to factor in free will.

February 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoistRobot
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