Recently, a doctoral candidate at University of California has been looking into the potential effects of the popular television series “Law & Order” on the decisions of jurors. He has been looking into the impact that the show’s depiction of the justice system has on the public’s perception of evidence and other parts of a trial. While the officers and lawyers in the television show often bend the rules of the law, real life attorneys, detectives and judges cannot. When dealing with jurors who do not know the legal and constitutional limitations, the attorneys can be at a disadvantage for not living up to the standards set by their fictional television counterparts.
What are your thoughts on the impact that television legal shows have on the public perception of the legal world?
Lance Youd is a defense attorney in Salem, Oregon.