The Powerpuff Girls are pretty much the only thing that allows the City of Townsville to continue surviving, but is asking three kindergartners to save the city legal? Should Professor Unitonium or the Mayor be charged with child endangerment for their role in the girl’s activities? San Diego criminal attorney Peter M. Liss is here to clear up any confusion about Townville’s tiny heroes.
There’s no arguing that the Powerpuff Girls are, in fact, five years old or that they have been repeatedly asked by the Mayor to jump in and save the day. While their father and teachers may not actively encourage the girls to fight villains like Mojo Jojo, they certainly don’t try to prevent it either. If this was the end of the discussion, there would be no question as to whether the girls were put into danger and the Mayor, Ms. Keane and Professor Unitonium could all be charged with child endangerment.
But, of course, the Powerpuff Girls aren’t just ordinary children, and that’s where the defendants would have a chance to fight the charges with the help of their San Diego defense lawyers. Child endangerment occurs when someone “willfully causes or permits a child to be placed in a dangerous situation.” The Mayor certainly caused the girls to fight to protect the city, while Ms. Keane and the Professor both permit the girls to go to battle.
But are the Powerpuff Girls really children under the current legal definitions? That is where a good San Diego criminal lawyer should start his defense. After all, the girls may look like human children, but they were created in a laboratory after the professor combined sugar, spice, everything nice and Chemical X. Even if they were clones, the prosecution could argue that they had the same genetic markers of a human, but these girls weren’t made from human genetic materials of any type -making it really difficult to argue that the three are actually humans. This conclusion is further backed up by the girls’ superhuman strength, ability to fly and other powers, all of which are not traits of the human race.
While it still might seem ethically questionable to send three five-year-old humanoid creatures to fight evil, the bottom line is that we don’t currently have any laws protecting non-human children from such activities as there has so far been no real need for them. The fact that the trio does so well and stays relatively safe during their adventures would probably mean that legislators wouldn’t be in a big hurry to outlaw such behavior either, so ultimately, the Powerpuff Girls would likely be allowed to continue their efforts to keep the City of Townsville safe.
Of course, if you are accused of child endangerment, chances are you won’t be able to argue that it’s OK because the children in question aren’t actually human. That’s why it’s critical you always work with a top San Diego defense attorney -like Peter M. Liss who can help build the best defense for your specific situation. If you have been accused of any criminal act in San Diego, please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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