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Snow White is a very iconic Disney movie. However, the actions in this clip could
be perceived as not so innocent.
First of all, Snow White was "asleep" due to the Queen's
attempt to kill her via a poisoned apple. That would constitute as attempted
criminal homicide. One commits criminal homicide when he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly
causes the death of an individual. Because the queen was not so successful
in her attempt she would be found guilty of attempted criminal homicide
instead of the completed offense. A person commits an offense of criminal
attempt, when, with the specific intent to commit an offense she does
an act amounting to more than mere preparation but fails to effect the
commission of the offense. V.T.C.A., Penal Code § 19.01.
By keeping Snow White's body, evidence of the Queen's crime hidden
away in the forest, the dwarves could be guilty of tampering with physical
evidence of a crime. Tampering with evidence constitutes as a crime under
Texas Penal Code § 37.09 when a person, with knowledge that an investigation
is taking place, conceals anything with the intent to impair its ability
to be discovered as evidence. This would be a
Class A misdemeanor.
Some prosecutors may charge the dwarves with abuse of a corpse under Penal
Code § 42.08. A person has committed the offense of abusing a corpse
when he disinters, disturbs, or treats in a seriously offensive manner
a human corpse. This crime would be considered a
Class A misdemeanor.
Because all the seven dwarves agreed to keep Snow White in the forest,
the seven dwarves could also be guilty of
criminal conspiracy. Conspiracy occurs when a person agrees with one or more persons that
one or more of them engage in conduct that would constitute an offense.
Then they perform an overt act in pursuance of that agreement. An agreement
constituting conspiracy may be inferred from the acts of the parties.
savvy defense attorney has a few
defense options in this scenario. The most obvious defense option here is that
Snow White was not actually dead- which would eliminate the possibility
of abusing a corpse. Second, the dwarves may have been attempting to save
Snow White in pursuance of defending a third party. Finally, although
an agreement constituting may be inferred from the party's actions-
seven men living together may not be enough circumstantial evidence to
make such an inference.
Prince Charming may be guilty of committing
assault upon Snow White for kissing her without consent. A person has committed
assault when they intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with
another when the person should reasonably believe that the other will
regard the contact as offensive or provocative. This would be a
Class C misdemeanor. It is no defense to this offense if the person is unconscious and unable
to resist. V.T.C.A., Penal Code § 22.01.
Now, we can look at the final act of Prince Charming whisking Snow White
off. If you believe she is the walking dead, then Prince Charming would
also be guilty of tampering with physical evidence and perhaps abuse of
a corpse as discussed above. However, if you see that she has truly come
back to life then he may be guilty of kidnapping. Someone who has just
arisen from the dead is hardly in the right mental state to give consent
to leave with a stranger. Under Texas Penal Code § 20.03 a person
commits the offense of kidnapping when he intentionally abducts another
person. An offense under this section is a felony in the third degree.
defenses that could be used by the dwarves are available to Prince Charming. By
arguing that Snow White was not actually dead, a defense attorney may
be able to eliminate the abuse of a corpse charge. In addition, the actions
of Snow White after the kiss and being elated to go away with Prince Charming
are the best defense to assault and kidnapping charges. The State may
have a tough time proving that Snow White found Prince Charming's
actions offensive and did not want to go with him.