Oddee.com has gathered eight hysterical legal examinations of pop culture, including – you guessed it – zombies. Check out the article for the full explanation, but the highlights are as follows:
1. Zombies were people, once upon a time, which means they had the same legal rights & responsibilities that you & I have. The real question is: Are they still considered humans?
2. If zombies are not considered human, you’re legally free to slaughter them; just be careful not to accidentally kill an un-infected person while you’re at it.
3. If zombies are considered humans, you can kill them, but only in self-defense or to defend others.
4. Are zombies legally responsible for the people they kill? What if there’s a cure, like in Warm Bodies. Will the zombies-turned-humans be thrown in jail for the crimes they committed during their un-dead phase? (Ryan Davidson from Law & the Multiverse takes on this question in the article.)
We’re not the only well-respected, professional business to “realistically” discuss the legal rights of zombies. Vista Criminal Law wrote a blog post called, “Is It Legal to Kill a Zombie in California?” and the Huffington Post (okay, so it was in their “Weird News” section) has an article called, “Zombies May Not Be Legally Responsible for Eating Bra-a-a-ains.”