Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Justice is ticking me off

Forty minutes into Fox's new legal show "Justice," and both my husband and I are yelling, "OBJECTION!" over and over again at the television. First, the defense attorney is testifying instead of asking her expert questions. She blathers on about the victim's injuries, and then adds, "... right?" She does this repeatedly. Ugh.

Just when we were beginning to roll our eyes at that, the prosecutor implies that he is introducing the murder weapon, previously undisclosed to the defense. Without putting a question before the expert, he starts testifying and repeatedly banging the murder weapon (a golf club) down on the table. Did the defense team object at all? No! I don't know if I can watch this show again. I don't watch "Law & Order" anymore (don't think I've watched since Angie Harmon first came on the show) but at least they got a lot of the courtroom stuff right.


Anonymous nsah said...

And I'm not even a lawyer. But I have read enough transcripts to know you can't put on a play while a witness says, "Yes ... yes ... yes ........ yes ... yes ........."

10:51 PM, August 30, 2006  
Blogger LawMommy said...

I tivoed it. Now you're making me look forward to watching it so i can yell a lot.

11:10 PM, August 30, 2006  
Blogger Scrivener said...

I was practicing guitar (quietly) in the living room while it was on--oh, man, what a terrible show! The writing was terrible across the board, not just in the courtroom inaccuracies. And that final scene, which I guess was them "revealing" what really, actually happened? WTF?

8:56 AM, August 31, 2006  
Blogger Jessica said...

APL - Did you ever watch The Practice? If so, I would be interested in your thoughts...

I never followed the show but I dated an attorney who did.

10:47 AM, August 31, 2006  
Blogger Moi said...

Too funny! Another women lawyer's blog that I subscribe to posted about that show today as well:

I didn't catch it, but just might have to now!

1:44 PM, August 31, 2006  
Blogger Jenevieve said...

I know what you mean. When I watch "Emergency Vets" or some such show, I always laugh at the amount of "critical emergency surgery" neccesitated. If the dog has a ruptured hemangiosarcoma, it doesn't need (and probably shouldn't have) emergency removal...

sorry, getting nerdy. All to say that I know what you mean.

3:02 PM, August 31, 2006  
Blogger La Turista said...

That narrative crap drives me nuts, too. Almost as much as when they put the defendant on the stand and the spunky prosecutor hammers at way at him until he jumps up and yells, "Yes! I did it! It was me!" Stupid Perry Mason.

7:12 PM, August 31, 2006  
Blogger Seeking Solace said...

I can't watch lawyer shows. I just get mad at the mistakes they make. What's even worse are the court shows on TV. Could you imagine how most judges would react to the way those people behave in court!

8:25 PM, August 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a criminal lawyer (I am nicely ensconced in my law firm civil practice life), but I can't stand legal shows that are so completely off base as to how the system works. My husband (also a lawyer) sit and yell at the tv, too. But then, I did love Ally McBeal...maybe it was TOO divorced from reality that it didn't matter.

11:10 AM, September 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things I didn't like about Justice:

1. Victor Garber smiles too much. If this show is supposed "to do for lawyers what House does for doctors," then I need him not to look so happy. He doesn't have to be Jack Bristow, but being a little crabby couldn't hurt.

2. Kerr Smith is competent?!? I was looking forward to watching Victor Garber ream him on a weekly basis. You can read that any way you like.

3. Aside from the word "motive," I noticed nothing even remotely law-related for the first half of the show. From what I can tell, their finest skills are in document scanning. Do you really need a team of four high-priced lawyers NOT practicing law? And if so, can I join?

4. If you're hiring Sistah Girl as your jury consultant, you should heed her advice, and not let the trusting boy scout make that call. That he was right ticked me off further.

5. Finally, the coda where they tell us what really happened. Look, I understand that they don't want to put off viewers by making the acquitted defendant a murderer, but did it have to go down EXACTLY like the lawyers said it did? Couldn't it have been an accident that the husband was a part of? Or better yet, a masked spy sneaks into the backyard and kills the wife. Then he turns to the camera and takes off the mask to reveal... Sark!

Now that's a show I'd watch.

Brevity in Beta

3:38 AM, September 03, 2006  
Blogger Dennis! said...

My friends don't let me -- and I don't want to -- watch lawyer shows anymore for this reason. I can't divorce myself from reality long enough to get over how non-realistic any of the courtroom scenes are.

3:24 PM, September 05, 2006  
Blogger Michael said...

The Devil's Advocate (Pacino/Keanu), though stupid, has some pretty well done courtroom scenes, obviously written by someone who knows the FRE.

I agree that L&O used to do a pretty good job as well.

10:41 AM, September 08, 2006  

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