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Can you chainsaw a zombie in Huntsville, Alabama?

Posted by Andrew Segal | Oct 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Why you might go to jail if you chainsaw a Zombie in Huntsville, Alabama.

I'm shooting this video right before Halloween. Today's question is “Could you go to jail if you chainsaw a zombie in Huntsville, Alabama? Of course, we have to assume zombies are real for this question, but, if you if they were and you were to chainsaw attack a zombie would be a crime in Huntsville? Alabama has a crime called “Abuse of a Corpse”. Someone commits this crime if, without legal authorization, they “knowingly treat a human corpse in a way that would outrage ordinary family sensibilities”. So, if old uncle Ralph comes back as a zombie and you, the zombie slayer, take him out with a chainsaw, would you be guilty? Us Lawyers don't think like normal people. If I'm hired to defend the zombie slayer, I'm going to argue a zombie is not appropriately considered a corpse. I'd move to dismiss by arguing to the judge that legally, a zombie is not a corpse because a corpse is inanimate; a zombie isn't. Therefore chainsawing a zombie is not committing the crime of “abusing a corpse” (since the zombie isn't a corpse under the law). If you are charged with a crime, you should speak with a competent lawyer as quickly as possible. If you'd like to speak with us, we provide a free case evaluation with no obligation. Just give us a call at 256-533-4529

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Andrew Segal

Andrew Segal is a former prosecutor who now represents the accused as a criminal defense attorney in Huntsville, Alabama area courts. Andrew graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 1982. During his time at Washington College of Law at American University, he discovered hi...

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