came up in another thread.
Lets say we learned it was possible for people to come back as things like vampires, zombies, mummies, ghouls, and such.
and be sapient beings.
What legal rights could they expect to have, if any?
We are talking they were dead for awhile in some cases then revived from the graves.
Could tax collectors and debt collectors still go after them?
Would they still be counted as citizens? able to vote?
What is the current legal standing on the effects of death in these matters?
for example double jeopardy of those sentenced to death, which there is a precedence for. (involves ressucetation experiments), where the death penatly is the sentence; if they came back after being killed, the sentence was already carried out and they can not be imprisoned or sentenced again for the same crime after sentence has been carried out.
Also legal issues in treatment of the undead, would it be manslaughter to accidently kill one? (like accidently open a window and burn a vampire with sunlight?)
What legal holes would be enacted regarding the food requirements of the undead.
Mummies don't eat, ghouls feed on dead bodies, zombies feed on living flesh, vampires on blood.