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"As the surveillance camera for the bank what all the judge was a-jawing about, could y'all tell us what you done seen the day of the crime?"

Matcluck (according to a deleted scene from Into the Wild Green Yonder), better known as the Hyper-Chicken, is a lawyer in the employ of the Democratic Order of Planets, variously as a public defender and as prosecutor. Matcluck came from a humble upbringing, coming from a backwoods asteroid and must support his 12 chicks. Despite early troubles, including charges of incompetence, Matcluck became important enough to argue before the Supreme Court, and seems to have been particularly active whenever the Planet Express crew becomes involved in legal troubles. In "Proposition Infinity" he was thought to have died when he misread Bender's graffiti and crashed his hover car, but in "The Mutants Are Revolting" he is seen at Bender's party.

Court Cases[]

As a Public Defender[]

Unknown vs. Rodríguez[]

An unknown court: March 3002

  • Argued in defence of the captain of the Planet Express ship, Bender for crashing the Juan Valdez, a tanker carrying Colombian dark matter, while driving sober, and thus creating a massive dark matter spill in a Penguin reserve on Pluto.
    • Result: Rodríguez was forced to serve five hours of community service cleaning up the dark matter spill he created, although it appears that Matcluck initially argued for the death penalty.

Unknown vs. Matcluck[]

An unknown court: March 3002

  • Argued in defense of himself for incompetence, presumabaly against a former client.
    • Result: Unknown

New New York vs. Fry and New New York vs. Rodríguez[]

Before the Famous Original Ray's Superior Court, Judge Whitey presiding: April, 3002

  • Argued in defense of Fry and Bender (tried together) against charges of robbing a New New York Big Apple Bank.
    • Result: Gets his clients committed to an insane asylum, by pleading insanity due to the fact Fry and Bender allegedly hired him in the first place.

As Prosecutor[]

The Court Martial of Zapp Brannigan[]

Before a DOOP Tribunal: November, 3000

Earth vs. Santa Claus[]

Before the Famous Original Ray's Superior Court, Judge Whitey presiding: 25 December, 3002

  • Prosecuted the case against Robot Santa Claus (who was really Bender) of being Santa.
    • Result: Robot Santa Claus is sentenced to death.

Earth vs. Zoidberg[]

Before the Supreme Court of Earth, Chief Justice Myrtle Fu presiding: December, 3003

  • Argues on behalf of Earth against Dr. Zoidberg for eating the Earthican flag.
    • Result: eating the flag is deemed not to be protected as free speech under the Constitution, Zoidberg is ordered to appologize immediately or be put death. However, this trial is deemed unfair as there was no law that banned flag desecration since it was freedom day. The trial results were changed after Zoidberg destroyed the Mobile oppression palace and won his appeal

Unknown (presumbly New New York) vs. Donbot[]

  • This case has Matcluck make a great point. he called for mistrial on grounds of Jury tampering. The show then shows Joey Mousepad messing with the wiring of a member of the jury; specifically, Fatbot. The Judge sided with Donbot and ignored it.
    • Result: Joey Mousepad returns with a bandaged Calculon claiming his injuries were self-inflicted. As such Donbot was found "Not guilty."






  • His name is revealed in a deleted scene from Into the Wild Green Yonder.
  • Matcluck's name and mannerisms are based on the title character from the TV series Matlock, played by Andy Griffith.