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"I want the TRUTH!"       



"You can't handle the truth!"



Dramatic courtroom scenes in books and movies are plentiful. Courtrooms, after all, are ready and willing settings for a wide array of human drama.

And because these scenes are so technically accurate and true-to-life, anyone wanting to know how to conduct themselves in court can learn by grabbing a bowl of popcorn and watching one or two of these movies. That's a great way to learn timeless trial techniques including:

  • Asking the judge for a do-over.
  • Jumping up and yelling, "Objection!" whenever a witness says something you don't like. Then the judge will telepathically perceive your reasoning, and might sustain your objection and stop the witness from saying things that hurt your case.
  • Raising your voice and pounding your fists even though the judge just sustained your opponent's objection and is ordering you to be quiet. Because, obviously, the judge doesn't get it! And justice overrules the judge!

All kidding aside, there are some good lessons about litigation to be learned from books and movies, even when those lessons teach us what not to do.

In this category of articles, we discuss litigation and court processes as described and depicted in books and movies, and give you solid take-away lessons you can use to dazzle the court and amaze your friends. And we make it easy for you to support LawYou's mission by purchasing the books and movies (such as A Few Good Men) we review through Amazon's Associate program

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The Trial by Franz Kafka

Kafka's The Trial cover art

“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested.” -F. Kafka Franz Kafka’s The Trial is a surreal expression of angst and an unforgiving commentary on the law and the too-powerful people who administer it. The protagonist, Josef K., is awakened one morning…

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Review of “The Judge”

Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr. star in this 2014 drama that is just as much about the dynamics that play out in the living room as it is about the courtroom. The two Roberts play father and son, judge and follow-in-dad’s-footsteps-lawyer, respectively. I enjoyed it enough to watch it…

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Better Call Saul and a New Vocabulary Word

I haven’t watched it yet, but I’ve heard from a couple of people that the AMC show Better Call Saul should have a place among our Pop-Court posts. Here’s the series description from Google Play: Better Call Saul is the prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad, set six years before Saul…

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