Monday, April 13, 2009

It's all fun and games 'til someone calls their lawyer

Consider Steelhead. Nestled on the Oregon coast, it boasts pristine blue sky, towering redwood trees, and is run by the tallest elf on the grid.

Now consider New Babbage. Somewhere on the edge of a cold northern sea, known for its sooty grey skies, belching smokestacks, and is run by the shortest elf on the grid.

A while back there was a harmless bit of roleplay in New Babbage. It seems the evil mustache twirler Dr. Obolensky hired some sky pirates to carpet bomb the city with "reality enforcement devices." The citizens scrambled, the people of magical heritage got headaches, the pirates were captured, interrogated and run out of town. Nice weekend rp, end of story, right?


What happened next became an international incident. With Lawyers.

Miss Eugenia Burton, a djinn of Steelhead, mysteriously stripped of supernatural powers from the incident, called her lawyer. Click through the following to read the details:

Miss Burton solicits the citizenry of New Babbage for injured parties. Some tension as she comes face to face with the practiced poker face of the NB roleplayer.

Forrelle Brook, a rl law professor, writes up a complaint in legalese.

Magdalena Kamenev is recruited to serve papers to Dr. Obolensky at the Steamfitters ball.

The citizens of New Babbage and Steelhead respond, each in their own distinct civic voice.

Dr. Obolensky replies to the charges.

Will Doc O be extridited to Steelhead?
Is this case actually going to go to trial?
What about the elves?
Tune in to the New Babbage and Steelhead Ning watch how this story develops.


Hotspur O'Toole said...

Does Babbage grant Steelhead rights of extradition by treaty?

Extradition from one nation to another is handled in a similar manner, with the head of one country demanding the return of a fugitive who is alleged to have committed a crime in that country. Extradition between nations is usually based on a treaty between the country where the accused is currently located and the country seeking to place him or her on trial for an alleged crime.

To determine whether an individual can be extradited pursuant to a treaty, the language of the particular treaty must be examined. Some treaties list all the offenses for which a person can be extradited; others provide a minimum standard of punishment that will render an offense extraditable. The extradition treaties of most countries fall into the second category, since treaties in the first category must be revised completely if an offense is added to the list.

Even if they do not specifically say so, most treaties contemplate that for an offense to be subject to extradition, it must be a crime under the law in both jurisdictions. This is called the doctrine of double criminality. The name by which the crime is described in the two countries need not be the same, nor must the punishment be the same; simply, the requirement of double criminality is met if the particular act charged is criminal in both jurisdictions.

So, erm, unless it's a crime in both places, and there's a treaty in place saying so.. well, the Doc may walk on this'n.

TotalLunar Eclipse said...

Hotspur, very good research my friend.

To answer. Treaty? While Steelhead and New Babbage are hinting twoards alliance a formal treaty has not been established as we are in the midst of writing them.

As for if the crime committed is a crime in Steelhead, very much so. The good Doctor should be glad that it was done there and not in Steelhead where Tensai's first reaction is 'shoot first and ask questions later'