Breaking the law
In an episode of US police drama Law & Order, a district attorney tries to get a search warrant without probable cause. When the effort fails, he figures out a way in anyway. A clip from legal drama Shark includes a cross-examination that is similarly unrealistic - at least to a viewer with a law degree. But most viewers of these courtroom dramas are not lawyers. The boring reality of a courtroom is less desirable than the antics on programmes such as Boston Legal, but legal-oriented shows also reflect - or create - a very negative view of the recent US legal profession. Only days before the end of the writers' strike, Michael Asimow, a professor emeritus of UCLA School of Law, wondered where all the nice TV lawyers had gone.
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