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: Oh, you hit Santa Claus. Just for that, no toys! --Wee Wee Monsieur (1938)