Measure of a Man is one of TNG's best episodes and, certainly, one of the best of Season 2. But parts of it never really made a whole lot of sense to me. Riker's argument in the hearing seemed to mostly just be, "Yes, Data is a machine," which.... Wasn't in dispute. So what point is there in showing he has strength, can be taken apart and turned off? The question is does Data have or have not the ability to make a decision for his actions and future? Picard's argument makes a bit more sense but pretty much boils down to "of we allow this to happen then we pretty much are going to create slaves." (And then he wins the case and 30 years later "PIC" pisses all over this win by having humans do just that: Create android slaves.) Anyway, all of the argument made in Data's favor seems to be a bit too complex and heavy. It seems like the argument could be as simple as: "Mr. Data, how did you come to be in Starfleet?" And the answer would be he chose to be in Starfleet and was made to go through the Academy, all of training, and work on various ships to reach his current rank and position. He was even awarded medals and such, would one do this for a "thing." So, clearly, at some point Data was seen as an independent being who was "allowed" to join Starfleet and go through it like any other being but *now* it's called into question if he can be allowed to quit?