His brother was a lawyer.
The screenplay was about Maine seceding from the United States.
His brother, in an attempt to help the play, wrote all of the justices of the Supreme Court to ask them what their thoughts were on the subject.
Only one justice replied. Justice Scalia wrote back:
I am afraid I cannot be of much help with your problem, principally because I cannot imagine that such a question could ever reach the Supreme Court. To begin with, the answer is clear. If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. (Hence, in the Pledge of Allegiance, “one Nation, indivisible.”) Secondly, I find it difficult to envision who the parties to this lawsuit might be. Is the State suing the United States for a declaratory judgment? But the United States cannot be sued without its consent, and it has not consented to this sort of suit.(WSJ Law Blog). It is clear from this that those who refuse to learn from history, who refuse to absorb Civics 101, can still make it to governor of large states (e.g. Rick Perry R-TX).
I am sure that poetic license can overcome all that — but you do not need legal advice for that. Good luck with your screenplay.
States that already took a sh*t kicking for thinking that way long before cars came into existence.
I am telling you people, stupid is contagious. Immunize yourselves, move out of stupid states and stop drinking kool-aid tea!