Not if nobody has the muster to prosecute, Head Alien! Then you can get away with treasonous acts for, like, months.
June 20, 2002
I wonder how they’d subpoena his testimony.
Would he even be protected under the law or would he just be viewed as an illegal immigrant?
Willis, you don’t go into the underlying legal ramifications of your story enough!
I’m reminded of how the Crystal Gems were described as (literal) illegal aliens in that one episode of Steven Universe.
There’s precedent for that in stories like NieA_7 and Alien Nation.
Ahah, now I can jump in and post meaningless law information on a thread no one will read.
Head Alien would still be protected by the rights of Due Process, because those protections (the 4th and 5th amendments, mainly, with a dash of 14th and case law) apply to everyone in the country–not just those who are citizens. In this way he is lucky to be detained here, as he would still be processed by civil police authorities most likely–the restraints on due process introduced in the Patriot Act primarily apply to fighters captured overseas.
If he had a consulate here, the U.S. is even bound by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and its Optional Protocol regarding access. Since this originally appeared in 2002, instead of 2017, it would also be before the decisions limiting those rights in 2006 (Sanchez-Lima v. Oregon) and 2008 (Medellin v. Texas).
Isn’t the law fun.
This strip kinda kicks what is / has always been the arc I remember most vividly about this comic for years and years and years after reading
Sal + her motivations v. everything & anything in her way, to the point of– [SPOILERS]
“The SEMME will decide your fate.”
I am the SEMME.
I fought the SEMME and the SEMME won.
Three Years Ago
So Big Boss got an anonymous tip
What was THAT for?
Where are we going, again?
↑ I want to read this story arc
Whew! That was close!
I’m gonna be fine
heads will roll
This ‘ere yellow stripe
…You know, apart from maybe the last one, that sounds like a legitimate snippet of conversation.
So this is the story of someone who got a discarded thirdhand jetpack and insists on believing it still functions perfectly, despite others telling them it’s dangerous . . . and who pays the price when it quits out in midair.
Something’s wrong here
Doomed to discard
I have to do SOMETHING
Set thrusters to go, Mr. Walk!
Why why WHY
I don’t have time to talk semantics
Did you wash your face?
You’d better go talk to Dina
Seven Mountain Dews
Oh hell yeah, this is where the story has been building to for a while, and I can’t wait to see it again.
“Hey, Joyce, I decided to put love of righteousness above love of worldly power structures and polities. You’re cool with that, right?”
…..If this were DoA she’d have a much harder time disputing it. She was mind wiped a couple times here though, so those loyalties aren’t as strong and mean little.
…….. I will never look at patriotism the same way again.
Joyce’s jetpack always looks like explosive farts to me…
It’s powered by Taco Bell.
The problem is that sometimes the fuel is eaten by Walky.
The moment we all been waiting for.
Not all of us. With this storyline I’m waiting first for another couple weeks IIRC (one of the most significant Sal moments in this universe) then around another few weeks for the really important impact (Danny sees all, “Choregus” and all the really long term impacts of the aftermath).
“Me? I’m easy. But look behind you, a three-headed Joyce!”
Related Comics ¬
Round One, page 11
I’m so STUPID
I got it!
The fact that Ah effortlessly threw
Spaceships shaped like a duck
Under my control
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