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Friday Share: Lawyers Draft Articles for Star Wars Constitution

Lawyers Say the Star Wars Rebellion Needs a Constitution

There’s a classic mantra saying that old soldiers never die, they just fade away.

But what happens to a rebellion after it’s won the war?  Articles of Confederation notwithstanding, a constitution might be in order.

Perhaps the reported 7-month delay on Star Wars Episode VIII is the result of a pending decision to cast a few lawyers for a scene featuring a force-filled constitutional convention.

What are the chances that predictive coding, Watson or robots will be included among the constitutional authors? If we said “resistance is futile” we’d be mixing movie lines where we’d really like the saga to continue on the big screen.

The right answer is “these aren’t the droids you are looking for.”

We know this Friday Share post is close to being a bit over the top, especially for a serious topic like the business of law.  We can however, assure you there are no movie “spoiler alerts” here.

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The Star Wars Bill of Rights

LexisNexis asked some lawyers, who are also science fiction enthusiasts, to weigh in on the matter. The result was a bill of rights as part of an intergalactic constitution published by Amanda Bales on the LexTalk network.

The infographic is posted below with these 10 Articles lawyers offered:

Article I:  The Galactic Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom to practice Jedi mind tricks.

Article II: Galactic and planetary governments are prohibited from denying a citizen the right to wear his or her hair twirled around like Cinnabons.

Article III:  In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to trial without the threat of a Darth Vader-like “force choke.”

Article IV:  Throwing the accused into a Rancor Pit constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and shall not be inflicted.

Article V:  The Galactic Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of the Jedi way.

Article VI:  The right of the people to keep and bear light sabers shall not be infringed.

Article VII:  The Galactic Congress shall regulate all light sabers moving in interplanetary commerce.

Article VIII:  No Death Star shall, in time of peace be constructed in any orbit, without the consent of a planet, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Article IX:  The Galactic Congress prohibits the denial of the right to vote, especially in solving the age-old mystery:  “Who shot first – Han Solo or Greedo?”

Article X:  Jar Jar Binks is forever prohibited from all current and future movies.

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The founding fathers of this constitution have allegedly not yet heard the theory that Jar Jar Binks may be a Sith Lord.

What Articles would you add to this bill of rights?  Please feel free to share in the comments.

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.

This is great. Very creative.


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