The existence of metahumans has created volumes of law and legal precedent over the years. The salient points of superhuman law as far as Meteor City Heroes is concerned are as follows:
- Offensive super-powers are considered weapons, and using a power against someone is generally considered aggravated assault unless the individual is acting in self-defence or to prevent a crime.
- Superheroes do not have to follow criminal procedures unless they are members of a police force or other law-enforcement agency. Among other things, this means superheroes don’t need to read a criminal his rights when making a “citizen’s arrest.”
- Superheroes can be charged with “excessive force” if they use more than the minimum force required to disable or restrain opponents. This is most often invoked in the case of violent vigilantes who kill or maim criminals.
- Costumed identities are recognized as legal entities, allowing costumed superhumans to engage in commerce, testify in court, or be sued without revealing their alternate identity.
- Superhumans are public figures, subject to the same sort of media coverage as other public figures.
*The use of Super-Senses and powers like Telepathy can be considered a violation of the Fourth Amendment prohibition against “unreasonable searches.” No one can be forced to submit to a telepathic scan, and evidence acquired solely through extrasensory means is not admissible in court.