Equal Protection
Plotline: Equal Protection
IC Details
Quick Overview:

Two upstart lawyers are set to take on New York's registration laws in court. It's a high stakes legal battle that could change the way U.S. law deals with mutants and metahumans — for better or worse.

IC Start Date: November 08, 2018
Areas of Focus: New York
OOC Notes & Details
Plotline Status: Ongoing
Plot Runner(s): Daredevil, Jessica Jones
Plot Tag: equal-protection

Detailed Overview

William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!

Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!

Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

― Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons

In November 2018, the State of New York passed the Metahuman Registration and Public Safety Act, a sweeping law which requires mutants and other metahumans to register with the state, provide a blood sample, take a power test, and keep their address on file. Metas who fail to register face fines and jail time, while those who do register place themselves under the watchful eye of an increasingly adversarial security state.

No other jurisdiction has ever tried anything like it, but a number of states are now readying to pass their own copycat laws. They say Congress could pass a federal registration law by 2020.

Into this rising tide of anti-metahuman hostility step two rookie lawyers from Hell's Kitchen: Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson. Famous — or arguably infamous — for their successful defense of James Buchanan Barnes in the Winter Soldier Trial, the pair have now set their sights on challenging New York's registration laws for violating the U.S. Constitution.

They're going to sue, and take it all the way to the Supreme Court.

If Nelson & Murdock win, it could extend a host of constitutional protections to America's growing metahuman population. And if they lose, it could set metahuman rights even further back…

How to Get Involved

  • Lawsuits are expensive. If you have money to contribute — or an idea for how to raise more of it — Matt and Foggy would love to hear it.
  • A factual record documenting abuses of the new law and discrimination against metahumans will play a big part in the case. Have a story you want to share?
  • As the case gains steam, pro-registration forces will grow increasingly agitated and turn their eyes towards both the courts and metahumans.

Logs, Cutscenes and More

September 30, 2019. Today, on Trish Talk

Trish hosts Foggy Nelson and Mary Peterson to discuss the metahuman registration laws and their plan to fight back.

Posted On: 16 Sep 2019 02:22 (Related Tags: foggy-nelson hellcat mary-peterson)

May 28, 2019. The Numbers

David Archer continues to gather witnesses for his side of Peterson v. New York.

Posted On: 29 May 2019 03:08 (Related Tags: david-archer lex-luthor)

May 26, 2019. For the American Dream

David Archer speaks to his next potential witness. Steve Rogers himself.

Posted On: 27 May 2019 00:33 (Related Tags: captain-america david-archer lovejoy)

April 23, 2019. Mutual Encouragement

They're on opposite sides of the registration debate. They're both feeling crappy about it. But Jessica Jones and Carol Danvers are still very old friends.

Posted On: 24 Apr 2019 02:57 (Related Tags: captain-marvel jessica-jones)

April 04, 2019. A Star Witness

AG David Archer begins preparing for Peterson v. New York. It is…not off to the most auspicious start.

Posted On: 03 Apr 2019 01:13 (Related Tags: captain-marvel david-archer)

April 02, 2019. Of Penance and Inflection Points

After months of freeloading, Matt Murdock is finally vacating Danny Rand's mansion. But first he has a conversation with Emery about family, faith, and the fate of the world.

Posted On: 03 Apr 2019 01:25 (Related Tags: daredevil samael)

February 20, 2019. Precious Cargo

Going stircrazy after months without any actual action, Tabitha Smith follows up on a few IGH rumors and runs into one of the Brotherhood's defectors - and one who happened to be part of her 'class'.

Posted On: 21 Feb 2019 06:42 (Related Tags: boom-boom rogue)

February 12, 2019. Background Checks

Jessica Jones and her assistant call Tabitha Smith to her office to answer some follow-up questions in connection with her background check for her prospective employment at Nelson & Murdock.

Posted On: 13 Feb 2019 05:14 (Related Tags: boom-boom jessica-jones red-sparrow)

February 11, 2019. Shaken, Not Stirred

With the Registration deadline looming, Luke Cage is far from in the clear. Matt Murdock floats a solution.

Posted On: 12 Feb 2019 05:08 (Related Tags: daredevil jessica-jones power-man)

February 04, 2019. Sex, Trauma and the City

Alison Blaire and Tabitha Smith meet up for brunch and catch up on their lives, and discover that they got kidnapped by the same guy.

Posted On: 27 Feb 2019 04:05 (Related Tags: archangel boom-boom dazzler)

January 25, 2019. Suits

Following the directives of the Maximoff twins, Tabitha Smith applies for a clerkship at Nelson & Murdock, but what happens when an experienced con artist meets a walking lie detector?

Posted On: 28 Jan 2019 02:08 (Related Tags: boom-boom daredevil)

January 24, 2019. Old Habits, New Complications

After a six-year separation, Roberto da Costa and Tabitha Smith meet again, now grown adults and following the footsteps of two different men, thus pushing them into a different set of complications than they're used to.

Posted On: 03 Feb 2019 05:04 (Related Tags: boom-boom sunspot)

January 21, 2019. Regarding Navi

Matt Murdock stops by Alias Investigation to touch base about several cases, and the latest young woman Jessica Jones has taken under her wing.

Posted On: 22 Jan 2019 10:08 (Related Tags: daredevil jessica-jones)

January 15, 2019. Connections

Matt Murdock asks the founders of the new Aegis Foundation to back a lawsuit challenging New York's mutant registration law.

Posted On: 23 Jan 2019 03:10 (Related Tags: archangel daredevil dazzler)

January 10, 2019. A Different Kind of Proposal

During a visit to the Maximoff twins' private abode, Tabitha "Boom-Boom" Smith is given the important task of monitoring Matthew Murdock's efforts against New York's metahuman registration law…in a way that challenges the unique and unusual way in which she lives her life.

Posted On: 11 Jan 2019 06:38 (Related Tags: boom-boom quicksilver-st scarlet-witch-st)

January 04, 2019. A Really Nice Lawyer

Captain America stops by Nelson and Murdock, and engages Foggy in a debate on the Registration Act.

Posted On: 19 Jan 2019 22:10 (Related Tags: captain-america foggy-nelson)

December 03, 2018. The First Step

The Defenders meet at Luke and Jessica's apartment to discuss how they will deal with New York's registration law.

Posted On: 04 Dec 2018 14:23 (Related Tags: boomerang daredevil foggy-nelson iron-fist jessica-jones power-man samael)

December 02, 2018. How It's Going to Be

The Titans meet to discuss their resistance to registration, the need for a new hideout, and the sanctity of Taco Tuesday.

Posted On: 03 Dec 2018 05:11 (Related Tags: cyborg impulse ms-marvel nico-minoru nightwing raven red-robin spider-man starfire superboy zatanna-zatara)

December 01, 2018. The Bigger Picture

Her encounter with the NYPD's operation in Central Park takes Zatanna Zatara to the offices of Nelson & Murdock in Hell's Kitchen, where she seeks the advice of Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson about the state's registration law, and what it means for people like herself. Both lawyers inform her of their long term plans on fighting the law; plans that require the right case…and bottomless pockets.

Posted On: 02 Dec 2018 07:11 (Related Tags: daredevil foggy-nelson zatanna-zatara)

November 21, 2018. Compliance, Defiance

Matt and Foggy talk about how to respond to New York's new metahuman registration law, and make some big plans.

Posted On: 25 Nov 2018 22:58 (Related Tags: daredevil foggy-nelson)

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