Unpublished Opinion

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Simba's Mom Ranting

For the past few weeks I, like the most of the Olympics-watching public, have been bombarded with commercials for the new show about prosecutors. (My refusal to name it or link to it, should give you an idea of where I am going with this post). After I saw the promo once, it made me uneasy. After the fourth time, I was nauseous. I, of course, resigned not to watch it and began to hope for a one-showing-than-cancellation a la that Heather Graham show. However, when iTunes offered a free download of it, commercial free, I decided that I should give it a try before I hated it. (also, then I would not be subjected to the advertisers that paid for the show).

I realize that my line of work has made me predisposed to dislike this show, but it was worse than I could have imagined. I only made it about eight minutes. I am not exactly sure how long I watched, because I quickly closed the window in disgust. It did not even get to the point of showing shady tactics of defense lawyers or stereotyping the prosecutors as the good guys (which is where I am sure the show is headed). What upset me the most was that in the short time that I watched, the portrayal of the defendants was stereotypical and cruel. I realize that the people of America do not like criminals. I realize that many people that are on trial and in prison are guilty. But they are still people. You would not know that from watching this show.

In this episode, one prisoner spit on the prosecutor while he was being questioned. Another one in the next cell made suggestive gestures at the prosecutors. Finally while leaving court one defendant (who the prosecutor characterized as having "13 priors," although he only had two convictions. Are arrests "priors" in NY? Since when do arrests without convictions prevent a plea bargain?) was stereotyped not only based on his status as a defendant, but based on his race as well.

Nearly every client that I have had has treated me with respect, even when I have told them that there is nothing that I can do for them. Most of them have families that care about them. Simply because they have been convicted of a crime, even the most serious of crimes, does not automatically make them monsters.

I have had enough. I would much rather watch some nice mindless crap like There and Back and leave the fictionalized version of the criminal courts to people who don't want to see reality.


  • Huh. I was interested in watching that show- but I also like AMW "lets get these scumbags". But like a Gray's Anatomy has little to do with medicine...this might have little to do with actual lawyers. Whenever they show a librarian, I shout you need a masters degree!

    By Blogger redlib, at 10:49 PM  

  • I am glad that it is not here yet or else I would be spitting at the tv. It sounds perfect for the people that support v-p's that shoot people & lie about it.

    By Blogger kikis' sister, at 12:47 AM  

  • Thanks for the review. Now I know I can skip it.

    By Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer, at 7:41 AM  

  • I bow to your wisdom...and agree completely the preview made me disgusted and the next day at work I made fun of the state’s attorneys assigned to my courtroom

    By Blogger RussianLlama, at 8:53 AM  

  • I don't watch lawyer shows anyway, but now I will really skip past the show super fast.

    Wonder why they don't make any exciting accountant shows???

    By Blogger Rae, at 9:50 PM  

  • This is your best review yet! I appreciate your pointing out how criminals are stereotyped. You're right--they are not monster's, even if they commit monstrous acts. I volunteer at a local women's jail and am constantly reminded that the only difference between most of those women and me is that I didn't get caught.

    On another note, thanks for adding me to your list of blogs.

    By Blogger Dori, at 12:54 PM  

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