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.
This is part of a continuing series of "Lawyer Reaction" videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!
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"Because back then,they were all men" (- and white) - "and this is a good thing"
you have not provided any evidence that this change in juries had been "a good thing" - we can cite the trial of OJ Simpson as a case example of how allowing non-whites and males to make decisions in racially charged cases results in intentional miscarriage of justice - "they already knew he was guilty, but nothing I could do could convince them to find him guilty in a court of law".
There is a large body of evidence that black jurors are disproportionately biased in favor of black defendants or crimes with black (alleged) victims and non-black (alleged) perpetrators, meanwhile whites are disproportionately lacking in racial bias when considering any case setup.
As for female voters, when compared to male voters, I hypothesize that women are much more easily manipulated by emotional appeals, which, while effort is taken to remove such influences, still show up in a majority of cases, they are also more heavily biased in favor of women and against men, even when doing so places another party in danger, see the family court system's record of injustices, and the disproportionate influence women, and female-centered hypotheses have over that particular system.
Of the political values, Care, Fairness, Loyalty, Authority, Purity, and Liberty, White Males are the most likely to have the "Conservative personality", also known as the "Authoritarian personality", which values all six roughly equally, or the "Libertarian personality", also known as the "Anarchistic personality", which places disproportionate value on Liberty, where as women and non-whites (in western countries) are the most prone to the "Liberal personality", also known as the "Communistic personality", which values Care and Fairness over the other four.
Since countries that are predominantly made up of people with the Liberal personality tend to be, frankly speaking, shitholes with corrupt systems of politics and justice, ubiquitous violations of human rights, and widespread poverty I'd say these types of individuals tend not to make the best of decisions, and have questionable judgement.
Of the "Big Five" personality traits Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism, White Males are once again the most likely to have the "conservative personality", Conservatives are hard-working (High Conscientiousness), emotionally stable (Low Neuroticism), self-aware (Low Extroversion), organized (Low Agreeableness), and cautious (Low Openness to Experience), while Liberals are impulsive (High Openness to Experience), disorganized (High Agreeableness), narcissistic (High Extroversion), neurotic (High Neuroticism), and lazy (Low Conscientiousness).
It is also here that White males are closer to the "conservative personality" compared to the more liberal non-whites and females, when measured under MBTI, the white males are better represented by the personality type ISTJ-A, and non-whites and females are better represented among ENFP-T.
It's a dirty secret that politics is a headcount by race and sex, since non-whites vote so consistently, and females also do so, but to a lesser degree, only white males will be inconsistent voters in significant numbers. What does all this mean? it means that when a jury of women, or blacks, is placed in charge of deciding a trial, most of them would have already made up their minds as soon as they had heard the race and sex of the perpetrator and victim, this is not a fair jury, meanwhile a jury of white males is more likely to be sympathetic towards a black female accused of a crime against a white male, than a jury of black females would be towards a white male accused of a crime against a black female.
Now we come to IQ, race-wise, Whites have the second highest IQ next to East Asians, the gap is probably even closer since the study that determined this was including some blatantly NOT white groups such as Latinos, Gypsies, and Arabs in the "whites" category, and overlooked unfair measures taken by certain groups of East Asians to inflate their numbers, as a group all other groups fall lower than whites and east asians, IQ is linked to everything from income level, to form of employment, criminality, and even to relationship stability. Empathy is a function of IQ, this is why most violent criminals, narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths are lower than their normal population on IQ.
So, we can add "stupid", to the list of adjectives to describe why non-whites and non-males in the western world should not vote of serve on juries.
This may seem to conflict with the statement above that liberals are more for care, agreeableness, or feeling, until you remember that their normal expression of this is choosing a side based on emotional intuition, and demonizing the other side, as we have seen from the left, this results in acts of violence and sociopathy towards the group they now feel right in hating, hate has become inseparably merged with love for them.
Another thing worth noting is that women cannot build their own society, if you see the reality tv shows about survival in the wild, where the sexes have been separated from one another, the women fail spectacularly, and the men build a functional society, this happens almost every time, add to that the study the looked at female vs male rulers throughout history, it was always the female rulers who were more prone to war-making, while the male rulers were more likely to use diplomacy to solve large-scale conflicts, if women were in charge of the world, it would be a world of endless war.
As for non-whites, only East Asians, East Indians, and whites have shown themselves capable of building a society that is both modern, and functional, the arabs and africans only build shithole countries, or take over functional white/european countries and turn them into shitholes promptly afterwards, you need an average IQ of at least 90 for a country to be functional, to be successful, your country needs an average IQ of 100, since IQ is primarily genetic, a change in genetics is required to raise the IQ of any population.
Objection! I object to the fact that ALL states in the US require absolutely all jurors to be on the same side of guilt, I wager that there are some states where only a majority of jurors is necessary :D
Objection! Counsel has grabbed my attention thoroughly enough to make me binge watch all his videos. I have no intention of being a lawyer, nor do I ever wish to be in court again (my experiences being as unpleasant as they were) so it follows that this math teacher should not be subject to procrastinate his paper grading this long. Your honor, a ruling?
Objection 1. The hiring two associates, with only one position open, is more to emphasise the love Will (named partner at the law firm) has for Alicia.
Objection 2. All that "extra" behaviour from the judge and the prosecutor is purely used for dramatic effect, as her husband is now a convicted ex-state attorney.
Please do the GOOD FIGHT (the spin-off of this show :)
To be honest I don't understand the jury system in the US. Why you let a group of (random?) people with mostly no knowledge about criminal law decide about conviction or not?
First of all it turns the court room in a stage. Why? There is the need to prove that a indicted did the crime. So in my mind the prosecutor have to prove to judge or a group of judges that the indicted did it.
it's irrelevant how someone feels about the crime. Just let the evidence and witness speak for or against it.
Second like I mentioned before I don't like the idea that a criminal case is decided by someone who has nearly no knowledge about the important laws for the case. I am no lawyer myself but studied a special part of law. It showed how complex even some of the on the first glance easy laws can be. A word that use in everyday live could mean in a law something different.
For Information I'm a german and work in a Tax office after I studied tax law. Even when its very rare that I have to work on a criminal case (tax evasion) I have my expierence in a court room on the defence side.
Objection: I would love to see you review the movie 12 angry men. I know it's not exactly a trial movie but it focuses on the jury. I did the stage play and it was very interesting. Almost similar to this case one jury member stands firm with not guilty and spends the time laying out the case from a different perspective. It's quite interesting. Would love to hear your insight about it!
i object!!!!! prosecutors dont necessarily care about getting the the right person, theres a huge list of times when they convict the wrong person based on shitty police work or not handing over the defense evidence which can help the defendant. Joe rogan had a former lawyer on his podcasts and the podcast wrongful conviction shows many times when the prosecutor lets things fall by the waist side to get a conviction.
The Spectacular Marques I believe there is reasonable doubt that you are, in fact, Anna Wintour - the editor in chief of Vogue, a magazine filled with models wearing this exact outfit over the past twenty years.
I have zero knowledge about law practice and I always watched the good wife eagerly. Some dramatic moments need to be added to peak the interest of us lay men, so forgive the good wife’s “Ooooh drama!” moments. At least the soap opera factor is kept in check there, which is rare on TV.
BTW how about the spinoff, “the good fight”? It follows the same patterns with less flash and glitter though. Can you also rate that? 🙏🏻😋
I'm sitting now binge-watching all your "real lawyer reacts" for hours, haha! You are really good in what you're doing man, since you got somebody who hated hearing about law or lawyers all their life to enjoy hearing about it for hours....plus I didn't even watch most of the series you are reacting too. (I tried Suits once & loathed it...boring as hell with this paragraph-babbling, plus such arrogant, distant characters, who are fixated on looks, money, showing-off etc. with lacking of heart...and they are doing dishonest things too.). You are completely different & really likable, plus I like hearing this paragraph-stuff from you...haha. So, you have a new sub!
Would be cool if you would explain a real case & how you would solve it/present it to the judge.
i'm a little confused about the 11-1 jury thing. surely if that's the situation then it's a hung jury and that's just the way the ball bounces. it sounded like jury 9's opinion was not guilty, as apposed to she couldn't make up her mind. if the jury was 11-1 in favour of guilty in a murder case, couldn't the judge rule on a majority? otherwise i don't see any ambiguity in any situation that isn't unanimous
also objection - i'll need opportunity to pet that dog
I guess I was bored because I did the math, if someone clocked in 3,000 hours in a year, and say they actually got the recommended 8 hours of sleep every night, minus all that from total of hours in a year (8,760), and you get 2,840 hours for everything else, or about 7.8 hours each day. Mind you that this includes working on every weekend.
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