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Who doesn’t love Law & Order? Who hasn’t binged watched 10 episodes in a row on TNT? I know I have and I know I will again. This week i’m taking a look at Law & Order, Suits, and LA Law. And don’t worry, this review of Suits is just a small taste of a full episode i’m devoting to Suits in the future. So if you need more of a fix on Harvey and Mike, you’ll get it soon! New episodes weekly! Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/legaleagle?sub_confirmation=1 You can find more Real Lawyer Reacts Here (including my reaction to Suits, Better Call Saul, A Few Good Men and tons more): https://goo.gl/42fKce ★ SUIT UP! Even if you're not a lawyer, you can still DRESS LIKE A LAWYER. All of my suits are from BlackLapel (I've used them exclusively for over five years). Their custom suits are amazing, yet still ridiculously affordable. HIGHLY recommended: https://go.magik.ly/ml/f78n/ ★ GET TIED! If you’re looking for skinny ties, pocket squares, or tie bars (like the ones I wear) check out Ties.com. Huge selection and great prices: https://go.magik.ly/ml/ftki/ ★ BOOKS & MOVIES! When I’m not crushing it in court, I’m probably reading a great book or watching a legal movie. Check out what’s on my list (as well as the best books for Law School and all of my favorite camera gear): https://www.amazon.com/shop/legaleagle I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. Like most people, I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous. Today I'm taking a break from teaching law students how to kick ass in law school to take on lawyers in the movies. While all legal movies take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth. This is part of a continuing series of "Lawyer Reacts" videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments! ======================================================== If you're going to law school get our Ultimate Pre-Law Checklist (FREE) here ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/prelaw Learn how to get ready for law school, the 5 things you must do the summer before law school, and more . . . ======================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleaglereacts ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ
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Sarah McFadden (5 hours ago)
I was watching a cross examination by a defense lawyer in a real trial (here on YT). The lawyer got all confrontational and started raising his voice and left his podium to approach the witness (walking). The judge immediately started yelling at the guy saying "GET AWAY FROM THE WITNESS". Lol the prosecution was objecting at the same time but pretty much got drowned out over the very angry guy in the black robe. :O :D
Jamie Gregory (19 hours ago)
Please review A Civil Action with John Travolta. I really enjoy the movie.
This is why, in my philosophy (I have a degree in philosophy and was and still am kicking around the idea of law school), I consider the question of punishment last, at least in cases where a question can be raised. What matters is if the defendant can be proven to be a danger to society or not. If the boy really did take a garrotte to the other boy's neck and kill him, then he is a dangerous person and must be confined at minimum until that ceases to be the case, regardless of why he did it. If it were self defense, he is clearly not a danger and merits no punishment If it was an accident, it depends on the circumstances. If it was mental illness, whatever the cause, he is a threat and must be contained. If it can be established that he did it out of anger and passion, or revenge for some offense against him, he must be punished, but not too harshly, and confined thereafter until he has shown himself worthy of rejoining the free world. If, however, he did it with malice, full knowledge that what he was doing was murder, or planned it, the punishment must be severe. Decades of hard labor and rehab, years of sorrow and austerity, and only then can he begin to be worthy of a second chance. In the most extreme cases, such as a serial violent felon (a record of similarly bad or escalating crimes), his life is forfeit, if he's an adult. Let him serve as an example of what happens when you commit yourself to such a wicked life. All executions should be public, otherwise they're too abstract and lose the effect of genuinely scaring criminals or potential criminals. You also get one year to get an appeal in, so at most you can push the envelope a few years. No new appeals in court after that first year. Beyond that, it's up to the governor or the president to show clemency. None of this nonsense of spending decades on death row. That is how I think it ought to be.
Katie Donovan (1 day ago)
15:40 Objection: Just because this kid was on whatever psychotropic drug, for however long, that says nothing about the fact that many thousands of other people are on these same drugs, and have been for far longer. If the jury excuses him because he is on medication, that is a slap in the face to every single one of the many thousands of Americans who have taken these same drugs every day for decades and have somehow managed not to cause anyone else's death. I might even have a TRASHCAN full of the number of pills taken by every one of those other patients over the same time period. If I were the prosecutor in this case, that young man would be going to jail.
Terry (1 day ago)
How about something where an attorney is either over-objecting (A Civil Action) or under-objecting (Matlock - "any" Matlock)
Guadalupe Andrade (2 days ago)
Objection! Oklahoma has Uniformed Instructions to the Jury. Why would the attorneys and Judge have to agree to them?
zeyogoat (2 days ago)
I suppose L&O left out the jury instructions to bring viewers into the dilemma of burden and blame. Isn't our personal take on these cases the fun of watching the show?
Sarah McFadden (5 hours ago)
I've seen just about every episode of LO and LO SVU and I can't recall anytime the jury instructions have ever been read. I guess they have been deemed too boring lol
Chris Ramcharan (7 days ago)
Can you do the law and order episode patsy?
Pasquale Potzo (7 days ago)
>Sidebar< Just wondering if you could do Daredevil season 2 ( i think episode 6-8 ) the trial of frank castle
F Je (12 days ago)
This episode was criticized for depicting Tourette's Syndrome unrealistically.
Mishchievious Badger (10 days ago)
Seem pretty accurate to me
Chadwick Rogers (13 days ago)
Can a lawyer get jury duty? With a lawyer's firm grasp on the laws Wouldn't that make the lawyer someone to get rid of during jury selection Because with the knowledge a lawyer has from the education they chose, they can sway the opinion of the entire jury. Just because you know more or come off as more intellectual than them. They'll listen to you because the average person defers to what they believe is the more educated of the group thus following suit I.E. Sheep. How many Sheeple Jury have you witnessed? Where one Juror is more outspoken causing people follow the more charismatic and confident juror. Are people just inherently lazy?
Gregory Taylor (14 days ago)
Have you done a eps of bull
Josh Truman (15 days ago)
Boston Legal was so good!
Please do season 10 episode 15 of Law and Order SVU "Lead". It is my favorite episode I've ever watched and I would love to see it be Lawyered.
Shaggy Manson (16 days ago)
what about things like judge judy etc i see lots of episodes where jugdes make diffrent dicitions on similar cases and would like an insight on why.
Snake Burton (19 days ago)
Lincoln Lawyer
ZFoxy (19 days ago)
Just found your channel and I'm enjoying it immensely. I'm a court clerk for juvenile court myself, and it's extremely interesting to listen to this. Personally never heard of the term "well of the court." In our court that is basically where the attorney questions the witness. Behind a podium in the well of the court. I don't think they can touch the witness stand becauseno attorney ever does but they do walk around in the well especially the SAAGs. We are also more informal though as attorneys often pass exhibits directly to our judge I think because our courtroom is smaller. Ironically, our judge gets more upset when the clerk beside him is directly approached or handed things. If anyone wants to hand the clerk paperwork they have to hand it to him and he hands it to us or give it to the bailiff.
erosson27 (19 days ago)
You should check out JAG.
A Healthy Dose of Fran (19 days ago)
You should react to Legally Blonde
FoxxyGradius (20 days ago)
If I ever don't laugh when this guy brings up that 'the bailiff will tackle you', shoot me because it's a Pod Person.
TempestinBlue (20 days ago)
Please do To Kill A Mockingbird. And also the episode of Star Trek TNG where they’re in court to determine if Data, as an Android, has any rights (I think it’s called “the measure of a man”).
benthesane (20 days ago)
Can you bring up past crimes in a closing argument though? The defendant is not on trial for the his alleged past violent behavior, he's on trial for the current crime.
Sam Riley (22 days ago)
i was not expecting that hard r
Michael Hill (22 days ago)
The fact that jurors don't understand the law or even what "beyond a shadow of a doubt" means, really makes me question why juries are chosen to decide the outcome of a trial. I understand that an impartial 3rd part is required to decide these matters but it seems to me that there must be a much more effective, uniform and fair way to do things. Juries can be swayed by emotional and irrational arguments but someone who knows the law and has a lot of experience with the criminal justice system should be able to spot bad arguments and would at least know what the burden of proof means.
Michael Hill (22 days ago)
It really annoys me when people try to deflect blame from someone due to a drug they took, a genetic predisposition, socioeconomic status, abusive childhood, ect. If we live in a deterministic Universe, then everything can eventually be explained by some higher cause eventually culminating at the very root Physics that drives the entire Universe. This doesn't mean that people aren't "responsible" for their actions or that we don't have a duty to protect the rest of society from individuals who commit crimes. Everyone was always going to do what they did. Just because you can explain why they did it or were more likely to do it doesn't absolve them from responsibility, or our responsibility to protect society from them, IMO. Someone who drinks alcohol and commits a crime which, by all accounts, they would never do when they were sober, isn't absolved of their personal responsibility for their actions. Why should any other drug or contributing factor be different? It is really quite absurd.
Tiny Ford (22 days ago)
Do “The Practice”. Dylan McDermott is the main character to help you find it. In law school I thought that was an A++
Hat Vlogs & Games (23 days ago)
Wait which episode was this ?
Kaltenbach (23 days ago)
Here's an interesting question, can a lawyer be called to jury duty?
mohd sohaib (24 days ago)
Waiting for a convicted rapist's reaction to 13 reasons why...
khartog01 (25 days ago)
I want to see the bailiff tackle a lawyer on a show for entering the well. I demand accurate lawyer movies!
Ryan Moulder (25 days ago)
This guy's poker face is incredible
Carter Baker (25 days ago)
People in general do not understand ADA. A company does not have to reduce standards or change how they do business for any ADA covered conditions. The person with the illness must also be able to so the job. A condition that can be controlled with medication must be used. Famous truck driver case regarding diabetes. In the case with the first person. You can deny them a job say calling customers. I am not saying it is morally right, but most states just use federal ADA rules.
William Kuklinski (25 days ago)
at 21:58 roommate witness would know that main guy couldn't have commuted from Brooklyn to Cambridge. That's at least a 5 hr trip each way.
Siren Hound (26 days ago)
I want to see a legal scene played completely straight until an attorney enters the well and is abruptly tackled by the bailiff.
Adam Kyllo (26 days ago)
kant (26 days ago)
The original Law & Order is so good.
Anon Ymoose (26 days ago)
if you like tourettes you should check out sweet anita
Charlie Sanders (27 days ago)
You should do JAG and SVU!
onion the onion (27 days ago)
I'd love for him to react to that one scene in Criminal Minds where the members of the FBI were held in court and Hotch basically roasts the lawyer (not sure of the specific terms of what the other guy was, sorry) based on the color of his socks and the vibration of his phone.
Levi Oniszko (27 days ago)
You need to do Daredevil
Elizabeth Andrews (27 days ago)
Can you please please please react to the courtroom scene from My Cousin Vinny
Michael Gorilla (27 days ago)
You should do an episode about the OJ trial, I wasn’t born until 3 years after, but it does still amaze me how he got off, I’ve watched tv documentary’s about it but I still can’t comprehend how apparently he used “the race card” and was found not guilty.
Mike Lewis (27 days ago)
I object to something that wasn't really the point of what you were talking about. I have Tourette Syndrome. I just wanted to snipe the whole "I can't control it" thing. I actually kind of like what he said here. I really like that he clarified "not for any length of time". Most people think Tourette's is straight-up uncontrollable, but that's not strictly accurate. I can only speak from my experience. I'm sure there are other people who have a stronger case than mine, but I found that I can actually control it. It's not like a muscle spasm like you might get when your muscles are cramping. It's more like you just get these really strong urges to move or vocalize in a certain way. If you focus in on resisting those urges, you can actually succeed in suppressing them. You can't necessarily do anything to make the urges go away, but you can learn to resist indulging the urge. But that's why it's really great that he clarified "not for any length of time," because the difficulty with resisting the urges is that it can take a lot of focus and attention. For some people with really strong urges, that requires a level of concentration that precludes all other activities. It's simply not possible to function as a human being while maintaining that level of concentration for any length of time. Having Tourette's basically means that you have to feel out every new situation, every new professional/social context. You have to do a sort of cost/benefit analysis and think about what the allowable tolerance is for your ticks in the current situation and figure out how to function. It can be really hard, especially for young kids, especially in new situations. That's why it's great to have people in your life who understand what you're going through and give you the freedom not to control it. For myself, I've been able to find a sweet spot where, in most situations, I can suppress my ticks to a point where I seem mostly normal. It probably helps that I work from home, lol. But I know there are others where the need to function in a given situation takes too much attention away from controlling their ticks that they simply can't do both. In that case, "I can't control it" is probably a fine short-hand, but what it really means is, "Yeah, I can control it, but it's not worth it right now." Expecting people with Tourette's to completely restrain their ticks around you (if you're aware of their condition) is basically telling them you want them to make your desires the center of their attention and they must completely shut everything else down so as not to bother you. Edit: I posted this immediately following the comment "I can't control it, not for any length of time." I then went on to watch what came after. Just wanted to note that his case is an extreme example. Not everyone swears like that. Some people swear. Some just make rapid movements. For me, it was my arms. Regarding the drugs, I can't speak to that. They wanted to put me on Ritalin when they first diagnosed me. I think my parents declined because I don't remember taking a lot of drugs. Looking back, Ritalin was a really bad script. It's been known to cause Tourette's. I don't know of any of the drugs the other attorney mentioned. I've no experience with them, so I can't comment. By God's grace, I was able to learn to cope with my condition without the use of drugs, and the primary thing that helped was people who supported me instead of making me feel like I was somehow wrong to be struggling with this.
Isaac Peachey (27 days ago)
The man with Tourettes is actually acting (presuming that he doesn't actually have the syndrome) quite well. The more nervous that he gets, the worse his ticks are.
Gavin Jenkins (28 days ago)
How did you punch a witness once who threatened you if you don't enter the well?
MegaLazygamer (28 days ago)
That is not the symptoms of Tourettes. It's the symptoms of a guy who likes to shout out slurs and claim he has tourettes. A person with Tourettes makes vocal noises but few if any of them are even words, much less offensive language.
Johnny Scissors (1 month ago)
Your dark overlay that you put behind text almost lines up perfectly with the bookshelf. It's the little things
Mil A (1 month ago)
Anyone knows which episode of L.A Law was in that first scene? I am very interested in the outcome of that trial would like to watch it!
Josh Bortolotti (1 month ago)
TED 2!
αwkwαrd * (1 month ago)
as someone with tourette’s, the first clip was fun to watch lmao
Nun Ya (1 month ago)
OBJECTION! You changed your hair part, or your orientation was changed in editing. Why?
ANDREW KNIGHT (1 month ago)
PLEASE watch the LAW and ORDER episode GUNSHOW It's more relevant now then it was when it first aired on tv THANK YOU
sim_ tastic vids (1 month ago)
That torret guy was hilarious
Nelly Grey (1 month ago)
Anybody else thing Scandal should get lawyered.
Montana Radke (1 month ago)
You should review some of the trial from Goliath
palindromia (1 month ago)
16:58 "Well mainly like you..." U 'avin a giggle m8?
Aggressive Design (1 month ago)
In your first statement you say those are excellent questions, open ended, and I agree with that. What I don't know is the the behind the scenes things (like in Devil's Advocate) prior to questioning. For instance you see the lawyer discussing the questions with a defense witness that he plans to ask prior to actually going to the case and role-playing them, maybe getting tough to see if the witness breaks under pressure. I'm hoping you could either answer that here or maybe review Devil's Advocate (Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves)
balltavorb (1 month ago)
Play Phoenix Wright
Deanna Jackson (1 month ago)
More "Law & Order" episodes, please.
Machtyn (1 month ago)
Tourette's Syndrome: I think this episode got a fair amount of criticism because it created an unfair portrayal of people with Tourette's. They don't necessarily spew bad language.
Dennis Ivan (1 month ago)
Having been in the jury box. Absolutely nothing said in closing arguments mattered to me. Maybe both the lawyers were just bad at it, but I was only interested in the evidence and pretty much had an idea what my decision was, the lawyers closing didnt do anything and I cant think of anything they could have said that would. This was true for both for the conviction and sentencing trials.
Taiya001 (1 month ago)
Wish there was a game show where people have to use the law to convince a jury for their assigned case. Like mock trial but filmed. It would be neat to have them test and get a good enough score to get two hours of help from a real lawyer. The other team could have this too and the winner of the "trial" gets a winnings of some kind.
Nezar El Masleh (1 month ago)
do daredevil pls
Cherise Clark (1 month ago)
please react to the law thriller "the firm" with tom cruise
Doodletones (1 month ago)
How about Primal Fear?
dogcow666 (1 month ago)
Would like to see you discuss what you think about the older Michael Moriarty version of law & order,I always found him more realistic than sam waterston over the top
Jong Fuu (1 month ago)
" ... a good trial attorney will do ... If they forget the facts or forget other portions of the law. They will remember that person pouring thousands of pills ... A+ lawyering" This is what's wrong with courts and lawyers. It's disgusting. It's not about proving guilt or innocence. It's about convincing people at any cost. It's just like politicians. Meaningless rhetoric that doesn't say anything, but sounds convincing. It's about crafting a believable story. I don't have much respect for lawyers and politicians. I sometimes get the feeling that a lot of attorneys aren't good men, but Saul Goodmen's. That being said. You seem like a nice guy, and I really enjoy your videos.
Nathan Marraffino (1 month ago)
so what I've learned from your videos is NEVER end up in court because a lawyers check list is: Don't let the other side speak Interrupt them constantly to throw them off and not let them get their full story out Make puppy dog eyes at the jury To hell with what actually went down, just win.
J K (1 month ago)
I object, doesn't the plaintiff usually give closing statement first? In this case Jack McCoy, portrayed by actor Sam Waterston. Oh, I also think you should do an analysis on Star Trek TNG: The Drumhead (Season 4).
LRAK Reacts (1 month ago)
React to gears of war judgment trailer
Fun Sized Dancer (1 month ago)
I really enjoy your content! Keep doing what your doing! The pup is cute too! #Newsubbie
gizi cz (1 month ago)
do you play chess too
DarthAlphaTheGreat (1 month ago)
College graduate doesn’t imply good job...
Bobby Wolfe (1 month ago)
You probably get asked this a lot but I would love to see an extended video on the movie Philadelphia
Damien Dasanti (1 month ago)
Boston Legal is one of my fav shows! I doubt the legal stuff is anywhere near accurate but it's hilarious.
BeanoJosh (1 month ago)
'A Few Good Men' is a good movie you should do.
Ana Wieder (1 month ago)
Daredevil please
ThatChickOverThere (1 month ago)
Ohhhh. Review Judge Shows
Shogo Yamada (1 month ago)
*swallows* Oh Boy
AngloAm (1 month ago)
"...Well mainly like you." Hahahaha okay we get it you're an attorney. :)
Grace Nolan (1 month ago)
Grace Nolan (1 month ago)
more ‘suits’ and maybe ‘silk’?
Grace Nolan (1 month ago)
Ev Res (1 month ago)
So chandler s father doesnt do viva las gegas anymore
Karl Smith (1 month ago)
I'd like to see you do reaction/analysis videos on the following legal procedural shows: Matlock Jag Murder One Night Court Any episode of a Star Trek series or movie where a Crew member is put on trial Ally McBeal Perry Mason
Kinjiro Tsuchiya (1 month ago)
If you haven't done Matlock I vote Matlock. (it was one of my favorites when I was a kid) :)
JJ Farnsworth (1 month ago)
Your content is superior to the usual media chatter because it discloses a world (in Heidegger jargon). You can cover every court scene ever and people will watch. Don't get into CourtTV crap, but you should do a video, or series on the OJ trial. One guy made a series on everything the Prosecution did wrong. It was pretty compelling and insightful. The trial was so long I'm sure you would make different points. Also, you don't have to sell the playlist at the end as "short". The attention spans are short but the appetites are unlimited.
Ted Studt (1 month ago)
Ohhhh, that biotch. I'd be pissed as shit if I were that poor man's attorney
C Rock (1 month ago)
Sam Waterston is an amazing actor.
ultimateranger213 (1 month ago)
If I can interject, Would you consider doing a reaction to legal proceedings of an SVU episode? Perhaps the Pair of episodes 7x18 Venom and 8x22 Screwed
Brenda Herrera (1 month ago)
You should definitely react to Rafael Barba from Law and order svu
Jessica Cyr (1 month ago)
Objection. Has far as I know, none of these of these situations were written by real lawyers. Thus they may have license to be forgiven somewhat for inaccuracies. Please review an adaptation of a John Grisham novel. (A Time to Kill is my favourite).
jpkjnn (1 month ago)
Dude, I want your suits. They are so freaking slick.
Kevin Milstead (1 month ago)
Can you do Law and Order: SVU S18 E3. In this episode the ADA attempts to prosecute behavior that is not illegal under New York law, and I wonder if it is grounds for discipline for a prosecutor to try a case where he/she knows fully that their is no applicable criminal statute
Gamblin' Cabbie (1 month ago)
I'd go with the 2 year NBC Legal series "Murphy's Law".. You got to love a lawyer setting up shop in a shoe store :)
me notyu (1 month ago)
Miss seeing blair underwood in proceedural dramas. he had something about him that I always enjoying in that format. Didnt like him as much in the scifi stuff.
me notyu (1 month ago)
17:10 is the jury required to follow those instructions or can they make a decision despite the instructions?
Frank Gallacher (1 month ago)
There was a TV movie called outrage staring beau briges about a killer rapist that gets off the hook over a technicality you should react to.
Jafar Mohammed (1 month ago)
“Well, mainly like you” Cheeky but nice!
Caitiff (1 month ago)
10:35 Objection! The drug manufacturer's claims of product "safety" are immaterial. That medication wouldn't be on the market, if the FDA hadn't passed it through. I'm saying that, in my profession, as a pharmacy technician. Further objection. "I have a mental illness" means precisely jack, in regards to actual blame, for one's actions. No illness, no medication, will ever absolve anyone of responsibility, for the choices that person makes. I'm saying that, in my personal life, as a mental patient. (Bipolar Disorder) Continued objection. The overwhelming majority of the mass of any tablet is inert. This is done, in large part, to regulate speed of absorption, especially in Extended Release medications. A rough estimate of the number of pills she poured suggests that the guy was prescribed one tablet twice per day. ("1t;bid", as written on the prescription.) And, THAT is assuming that the patient maintains the prescribed dosage. Especially in mental patients, it's not uncommon for a person to neglect to take doses, if they either feel better, in which case they don't think they need it any longer, or if they can't afford a refill yet, which leads them to try to stretch what they have left. In either case, the lawyer giving the closing argument is intentionally misrepresenting, or outright withholding, crucial facts, to the jury.

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