The Courtroom in Popular Culture

Locate an online resource that shows (or talks about) the courtroom in action that would be considered some sort of pop culture reference. This could be from a cartoon, a TV series, a reality show, a movie, or even a musical selection. For this first portion of the discussion post, describe what this pop culture reference is showing, in as much detail as possible (what is going on, what type of courtroom procedure, what actors are shown/represented, etc.). Spend at least a paragraph describing this courtroom portrayal. Then, please also post a link to the pop culture representation that you have found so that others may look at it. Compare what you have read about courtroom operations to your pop culture representation. What seems overblown or inaccurate? What is omitted or left out? Be as critical as possible with respect to identifying how the pop culture portrayal is either a good or bad match for the descriptions in your textbook. Finally, think about how these pop culture portrayals have framed our current understanding of the American court system. If someone were to only see that pop culture representation, what are they likely to believe about the existing court system and the way it works?

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