People love The Good Wife. They tell me it's one of the most accurate legal dramas on TV. Well, we'll find out! This week i’m deconstructing the first episode of The Good Wife starring Julianna Margulies. Stay until the end for my Legal Accuracy Grade.
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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. 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 to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth.
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Ok, I've got a fun one for you: It's a terrifying tale of contract law and the supernatural. Let's have a legal accuracy review of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1, episode 3: The Trial of Sabrina Spellman.
Objection! A juror basing his/her vote on things like feelings or personal beliefs is perfectly valid due to the concept of jury nullification. There is even legal precedent in the United States court system from the 1800's due to northern juries refusing to convict runaway slaves and southern juries refusing to convict lynch mobs.
Now I don't know about criminal law but I have been in front of judges to seek some sort of justice and they have all been grandstanding jerks abusing their power or trying to make every one believe they are better then the world so i can totally see the judge act that way
Law and Order should be one of the shows you review. Since you are using their 'gong, gong' sound effect @ the end of your video and Chris Noth, an original Law and Order cast member, starred in both shows it's kind of a no brainer. There's also Law and Order SVU.
The reason why the law firm hired two associates in competition instead of just the one they could afford is because of Will Gardner (one of the name partners). He and Alicia went to Georgetown together and were close friends and he's in love with her.
OBJECTION. Attorney in this example has a conflict of interest due to the fact his mother loves the show and has been requesting and anticipating such an episode.
Any grade, positive or negative, should be null and void due to the presented conflict of interest!
I know it is not reality. I have always seen hung Jurys especially ones that are hung that deep should be a seen as a failure to convict. The prosecution has failed to prove you guilty. A retrial really should only be allowed in case of proof of improper activity.
Objection. Hey Joe. What do you know...not guilty. That is correct. Hung/deadlocked jury based on one juror. Based on anything such as a nice hotel room while your mom and new step dad take the trailer for their honeymoon. Remember to always recycle Styrofoam. Jury Duty. Please do Jury Duty. Please.
Objection! Beyond the scope, but the opposite. Too narrow!
I'd love to see you do MORE Good Wife. It gets better and better and better as the show goes on, and I'm curious if the legal accuracy gets better, too. I recommend "Red Team, Blue Team," one of AV Club's favorites of the whole series.
Could you ever do the movie Fracture, it's a thriller about a man who killed his wife and got off defending himself. I watched with my dad 10 years ago, it has great acting by Anthony Hopkins and was the first film that made both of us like Ryan Gosling, but I'm curious whether any of the law aspect is accurate in the film. And if you ever can(if you have not already) The Verdict, absolute classic
Objection! You don't always need a unanimous jury to get a verdict of guilty in a felony. There's still one bass-ackward state where you only need 10 of 12 jurors to vote to convict. Used to be two a short while ago.
Objection! You have a personal connection to this show through your mother so it can be argued that you gave this show a higher grade so you wouldn’t upset your mother.
It’s understandable, though. I would have reviewed the show if I was you as well.
My suggestion is that you also review Scrubs. As my brother is a surgeon, he has said lawyers are unprepared for individuals as intelligent as them. He has also said Scrubs is the most accurate show depicting hospitals so I’m curious how accurate Ted and Jordan are in the show.
Can I suggest “Their Story” for the accuracy of a hospital lawyers day to day life?
That was great - entertaining and informative! Consider me a new subscriber. I know it's highly unlikely considering the number of hours it would take, but I would watch *the hell* out of you commenting on the full season or other episodes from the show.
Objection sir to your comments about prosecutors wanting the truth as much as anybody else instead of just winning their case! You are fortunate to live in the land of civil litigation where fairness and honesty is more commonly sought after. Over 10 years ago my brother in law was arrested and charged with child sexual molestation of his daughters. It turns out it was the result of manipulation by his unhappy exwife. Such an accusation so taints a defendant that they literally have to prove their innocence rather than demonstrate reasonable doubt. BTW he ended up being sent to prison for nearly 6 years and is 1 strike away from California's 3 strike law. If you think I'm saying this without any credibility then you are welcome to contact his attorney, Patrick Clancy. Patrick is not hard to find.
Binging on your reaction videos, I just thought it would be an amazing venture in my opinion for you to have your own action movie, but for it to be you to be delivering a completely realistic case while the literal apocalypse is happening outside the courthouse but that'd be the whole point: delivering justice even amidst absolute chaos.
Objection! Incorrect standard of evidence, Your Honor. First, it's not unreasonable that the witness was found to be lying; that's an entirely reasonable sort of lie for a watchman to tell, and doctoring the tapes is something that a person might well do -- after all, it's not hurting anyone, right? And then when the investigators show up, you're not going to admit to this thing that could get you fired, so you have to go down the rabbit hole defending your fake. Second: anthropic principle. There are probably (tens of?) millions of cases tried in the US every year, and some fraction of them will have unusual circumstances like this. A TV show such as this is effectively a window onto that universe of cases, and it's hardly surprising that the camera would track the more interesting cases. The question should be 'is this an unrealistic thing' (which, as shown above, it is not) instead of 'is this a common thing'. I move that the criticism be struck from the record and the grade rewritten to an A-.
Objection....my experience with prosecuting attorney's don't like to admit they were wrong, and therefore wouldn't drop the charges no matter what. Of course, my experience is in South Carolina, not California. Our prosecutors are called solicitors is one big difference. But here, they are not going to drop charges no matter what...even when the main witness and accuser has changed their story multiple times and is a proven thief and liar.
For towns, each building is described, along with what and who can you can talk to, who to buy skills from, and what quests are available. For the outlying areas, the dungeons are listed.
Dungeon maps are not given -- they would be too extensive to fit easily into a web page and the automapping in the game is excellent. Also, every dungeon should be explored completely to get all of the loot, but only puzzles and hidden locations are described. I also skip most of the fighting because it isnt something that you can easily describe, nor does it matter in most places, except that you have to survive it. I do list the creatures that you will encounter in a dungeon or grid location to give you an idea of how difficult the location is.
Stores are listed with a "buy" and "sell". The "buy" value is multiplied by the items value to determine the price you have to pay for it. The "sell" value is divided by the items value to determine the price you can sell it to the store for. Higher is always worse, and a "buy" or "sell" of 1 means that you are buying/selling an item at cost.
Every location has a "reset" timer. This starts when you first enter the area, and after it "goes off", the entire grid square resets: monsters reappear and random treasure is replaced. Nonrandom treasure (including most stat-gaining liquids) is not replaced. All dungeons have a reset of 2 years (24 months), unless otherwise noted. Overland areas have reset times listed with their descriptions.
Artifacts are unique items that can be found. They come in two flavors: Minor artifacts are always benificial and have a value of 20000gp. Major artifacts always have a drawback, but their benificial powers are much stronger. They have a value of 30000gp. There are 15 minor and 15 major artifacts -- some of these artifacts are placed at specific locations; others are randomly generated.
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