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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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_%28crime%29
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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrapment
I bet Gregory Bogosian is a law person.
the last panel has me confused but I'm just going to let it slide
@Gregory: Of course they got the law wrong; they're superheroes!
Lionel Hutz taught me the prefered term is "Law Talking Guy"
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)
What if he's not in one of those jurisdictions? Oh wait, Omnipresent man is in all jurisdictions!
Since he's everywhere, any attempt at stabbing/slashing/cutting could constitute an attempt to kill him!
Of course Omnipresent Man knows that. He's just counting on Rick (I mean, Knifeketeer) not knowing that.
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.
I don't understand how it never clicked in my mind before but i just realized what their symbols on their chests are...
I had no idea that the legal ramifications of superherocity were so complex.
Scott must be feeling so silly right now..... ;-)
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.
So what if he gets done for entrapment? He's already in prison.
Obviously, another of Omnipresent Man's limitations is not understanding the law.
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" :)
knifecateer and who's his other himself?
Note from Scott: That's Mr. everywhere.
A better excuse would be that since he's everywhere, any time he swings his fist he punches literally everybody.
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.
In some jurisdictions, yes. But Omnipresent Man has to consider the law everywhere.
I bet Gregory Bogosian wants to know more about what happened to the clowns.
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 www.lawcomic.net
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.
Also, entrapment is only relevant if the person doing the entrapping is a representative of the government, i.e., a law enforcement officer.
Well, he is Omnipresent Man, not Went To Law School Man.
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.
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!
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.
Talk about conspiracy theorists...
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.
Only in BI could Omnipresent Man's waffling evolve organically into a discussion of criminal procedure law and theodicy/the problem of evil.
@Robert CarnegieWell played. Well played indeed.
I think Omnipresent Man's first-panel sideways smile is kinda sexy. There, I said it.
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.
Well, but he was in all my classes . . .
Omnipresent Man could change the copyright date.
There is no "Problem of Evil". The people who consider that a good argument always forget to factor in free will.