Re: Episode of the Week: 2x01 The Child
He is by his own admission relying on a legal technicality of 21st-century America.
Which may not have applied during the 20th century when the series was produced, and may be completely irrelevant in 24th century legal matters.
Curly: Moe, Larry, the cheese! Moe, Larry, the cheese! (Horses Collars, 1935)