I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. Like most people, I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous.
Today I'm taking a break from teaching law students how to kick ass in law school. This one is just for fun.
In this video I tackle some of the most famous courtroom scenes in Hollywood history including A Few Good Men, 12 Angry Men, The Dark Knight, and Erin Brockovich. Great dramas, but BAD lawyering. They are preposterous, but I still love watching them.
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I hope this will be the first video in a series of "Lawyer Reacts" videos. There are a lot of portrayals of lawyers in the media including movies and TV -- and a lot of cringeworthy lawyering.
Got a movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!
Special thanks to Dr. Mike for the idea for this video (https://www.youtube.com/doctor_mike) Check out his channel for his medical review of doctors in the media.
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@Kenny Craig. Those who serve in the Armed Forces are subject to the Uniform Code Of Military Justice(UCMJ). All service personnel have a right to a Court Martial to appeal any case. However every Serviceperson is also subject to civilian law when on Liberty/Leave.
14:53 "Another murderer used a simular...."
Innocent until proven guilty....I ask the judge that the testimony be stricken from the records and the witness to stop jumping to conclusions. :P
I demand a video of Jury Nullification as a price!
I have a question, if a lawyer knows a client is guilty, because the client admitted guilt, what is the lawyers obligation ethically? To still defend the clients or uphold the law? I’m talking about criminal cases of course.
Objection! You said this real case (correct) took place in california; No, sir. It took place in upstate New York (but it was likely filmed, at least in part, in California. But the objection should be sustainted.
Counselor, Objection: At approximately 5:30 in the tape, you say the argument would be "InTREgal"...(thankfully, you didn't make the more common error "Intrical"), but it is pronounced and spelled, as "InteGRAL", as in, an essential part of a whole.
Question: In "...And Justice for All", after being disbarred and a mistrial has be declared, et cetera, et cetera, at the new trail could Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino) be called as a witness against the defendant? Kirkland has photos of Judge Henry Fleming with prostitutes and more importantly has the Judge himself telling Arthur he (Fleming) did it.
"So funny story, that actually happened to me in court and I also punched the witness..." Your face was demote of all emotion, I genuinely thought it happened for a straight second 😂😂 wow, 10/10 lawyer skills
I liekd the analogy of snow for circumstantial evidence, you go to sleep it is cloudy out, you wake up the next morning and there is snow on the ground, that would be circumstantial evidence of the fact that it snowed while you sleep. It weirdly gets a bad rap.
u forget one huge fact that not civil court.yes its lot of nonsense but some of u saying too u ignore fact they are officers army.second 12 angry man ancient time and yes he is jury act like defender but becouse of his public defender didnt care didnt bother even.so his justice sense with he act like this.that wasnt kind of vigilitty.but all happen becouse of ancient time and bad system and bad defendeing.he point out lot of good point like witness hidding glass .lot of good aspect .same this way u know better then us at past specially lot of black and poor people goes prison.police didnt look up enougg public defender didnt care he lact of interest give up.and prosucter only care win.not who is guilty or not.thats why its good movie not great law system movie.
Objection! After Al Pachino's outburst, and with the number of spectators in the court, would the court be able to find an impartial jury after the story got out? Or should the judge declare that that the charges be dismissed as the defendant would not be able to receive a fair trial in the future after his lawyers outburst?
I loved this video, FGM is one of my favorite movies in general and I can quote the entire final scene almost verbatim. Thank you for the assessment, you answered some of the questions I've always had.
I do have a question if I may.
What movie do you believe depicts the most realistic of all that you've seen and which do you feel is the most ludicrous?
Thanks, look forward to watching more as I love learning about the aspects of law.
Hey. I'm not a law student, but where else will I get to hear someone say "obstreperous"? Actually, I'm a military history buff, so I'm always looking for historical accuracy in war movies. I also like knowing some science, law and legal procedures, and medicine in the other shows and movies I watch. So, here I am learning stuff.
QUESTION!!!! Why some courts allow for video broadcasting (like court tv) and some other courts don't and only have typers and sketchers as recording medium>
Also, how does one go about becoming a court sketcher (I am myself interested)
Also, btw, working on getting my court interpreting certification in philadelphia! wish me luck!!
I came here to say, I rewatched the first 20 seconds of this video a half dozen times and have shown a few folks...it doesn't get old. Great channel, very interesting even for us non legal background folks, keep it up.
Objection! Henry Fonda would have been strictly ordered by the judge in his instructions to not conduct his own investigation into the case.
But you know what, thank goodness he did.
Edit: 12 Angry Men is still a fabulous movie and you should all watch it.
Hi LegalEagle, greetings from a foreign law student :) My question is, what is the practical/philosophical basis for categorizing certain type of evidence as direct vs circumstantial? More specifically, is it the power of conviction as to how directly it corresponds to the crime? And how come eye witness testimony is considered direct evidence (given that witness accounts can indeed be flawed), whereas DNA evidence has been categorized as circumstantial (when it is so specific)? To me that always seemed like a miscategorization of DNA evidence once it made its debut in courts.
Jack Nicholsons character was NOT accused of a crime and was not on trial. He didn't believe ordering the code red was wrong at all so yes he would have admitted it. Remember he said "I'm being accused of a crime? I did it and I'll do it again." It was the 2 marines who were on trial. I don't believe for a minute that he would have allowed anyone to coach him before he went on the stand. He was so arrogant that he was almost a God that he knew everything.
Objection to 23:02 "defense and prosecution"; those would have been the "defendant & plaintiff" in a meeting at the mediator's, right?
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I object! This is a military trial. When an order is given by a commanding officer to a lower ranking personnel, that order is to be obeyed. (unless it is an immoral order)..Said commanding officer does know the intentions of the person who was giving that order. (there is no speculation)...
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