Evidence doesn’t win the day. Jurors go with the narrative that makes sense. We’re here to tell the story. Our job is to tell that story better than the other side tells theirs.
Johnnie Cochran (Courtney T. Vance) in the multi-award winning The People v OJ Simpson (2016). The 10 part miniseries covers the hugely controversial and highly divisive trial of high profile former American Football player O J Simpson, accused of a double murder.
(narrating) It’s like this. A dead plaintiff is rarely worth as much as a living, severely-maimed plaintiff. However, if it’s a long slow agonizing death, as opposed to a quick drowning or car wreck, the value can rise considerably. A dead adult in his 20s is generally worth less than one who is middle aged. A dead woman less than a dead man. A single adult less than one who’s married. Black less than white. Poor less than rich. The perfect victim is a white male professional, 40 years old, at the height of his earning power, struck down in his prime. And the most imperfect? Well, in the calculus of personal injury law, a dead child is worth the least of all.
Jan Schlichtman (John Travolta) in the legal drama A Civil Action (1998). Based on a true story, it told of a small firm’s fight to sue two companies for dumping toxic waste and poisoning local children.
Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee: Colonel Jessep, did you order the Code Red? Judge Randolph: You don’t have to answer that question. Colonel Jessep: I’ll answer the question! (to Kaffee) You want answers? Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee: I think I’m entitled to. Colonel Jessep: You want answers? Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee: I want the truth! Colonel Jessep: You can’t handle the truth!
Tom Cruise, J.A. Preston and Jack Nicholson in the legal and military drama A few Good Men (1992).
In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.
The opening lines from the start of every episode of the hugely successful TV legal drama Law and Order (1990 – 2010)
Edward Darby: Harvey, I’m just in the middle of an afternoon crossword. Are you a puzzler? Harvey Spector: Don’t you have work to do? Edward Darby: My dear fellow. If I have to do work then I’m not doing my job.
Conleth Hill and Gabriel Macht in the legal drama ‘Suits’ (2011 – )