I think this is a silly question but a friend of mine keeps attempting to do this. If intellectual is in the game, can you do the memoirs action while being eliminated? Ex, Player A coups Player C. Player B coups Player C, eliminating him, but instead of Player C flipping second card over, he claims intellectual and keeps his card face down. Either way he is eliminated but this way he can attempt to hide information from non-eliminated players. Is this legal?
The designer explicitly said that this is allowed here.
It is not only important if Lawyers are in play - it also gives you a risk-free way to conceal your last card from the other players. It does seem a little odd that just having Intellectuals in the game lets anyone do this.
But I suppose that having Missionaries in the game means that anyone can claim Missionaries when losing their last card in a similarly risk-free manner.