Laws

Court Decisions

Addison v. Clarke

A 1993 Supreme Court decision which granted vampires the standing of legal citizens in the United States (although absent the right to vote). Prior to this, they could be killed on sight - this is still the case in most of the world, although the United Kingdom also granted them citizenship a few years later.

Nationwide Legislation

Brewster's Law

After Senator Brewster's daughter was attacked and killed by vampires, he promoted legislation that would have reversed Addison v. Clarke. Although that portion of the bill was rejected, the legislation which eventually passed turned vampire executioners into Federal Marshals, provided they qualify on a shooting range. This status allows them to cross state lines in pursuit of a suspect, and enter any preternatural crime scene.

Domestic Preternatural Endangerment Act (DPEA)

The DPEA allows executioners a great deal of leeway when it comes to warrants - enough that opponents of the Act sometimes call the warrants "licenses to murder". All that is required to receive a faxed warrant from Washington is a reasonable assurance that the homicide they are investigating is preternatural in nature. If there is enough evidence to execute, the executioner is not legally liable if they kill an innocent.

Gaia's Law

An ambulance must be present at the scene of any accident or death if there is a chance the body might be humanoid.

Gerald Mallory's Special Weapons Bill

Gerald Mallory is an executioner based in Washington, D.C. His bill allows licensed executioners to use previously decommissioned phosphorous grenades (specifically, the type accelerated rather than extinguished by water) to kill shapeshifters or the undead.

Localized/General Laws

Fey

All Unseelie fey are barred from immigrating to the United States. It is illegal to use glamor on humans without notice, and fey may not use their powers to escape or avoid the police.

Living Wills

In addition to controlling the use of life support, living wills can now be used to specify that if their author dies from vampire bites, they are to be staked before awakening as a vampire.

Lycanthropy

It is illegal to deliberately infect someone with lycanthropy.

Magic

The punishment for using magical coercion or using magic to commit murder is death.

Psychic Vampires

The law does not recognize the concept of 'living vampires' - psychics with vampire-like mental abilities, such as the ability to feed off of anger or memories. As such, there is a large legislative gray area here.

Vampirism & Vampiric Powers

It is illegal to turn or feed on someone under the age of 18. The use of hypnosis ("rolling") is only permitted on crowds, for entertainment purposes. The law does not yet recognize the possibility of vampires controlling other vampires in this way, and so vampires who commit criminal acts while under the control of another vampire have legally forfeited their right to live. Also, as it is nearly impossible to incarcerate a vampire, generally the only punishment for a vampire who breaks the law is death. Once the evidence is presented against the vampire, a writ of execution is issued, and they are then hunted down by law enforcement, usually with the aid of a licensed executioner.

"Varmint Laws"

In six western states (including Nevada), it is legal to kill large predators on sight - including lycanthropes, if they are in animal form. Since lycanthropes revert to human form when they die, a blood test is required to prove their lycanthropy. This also makes it difficult to prove that the lycanthrope was in animal form to start with, which blurs the line between a legal bounty killing and murder.