Oh, movie courtroom drama, we adore you!
“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.
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