Every year, millions of television viewers tune in for police and court
procedural shows like
Law & Order and
CSI—but just how accurate are these shows in depicting how our criminal
justice system actually works? According to Attorney Ian Friedman in
a new interview with
Cleveland Jewish News, not very.
"I just think it feeds the public a completely different perception
and expectation as to what should be presented," Friedman told the
paper. "I guess I would be like a doctor watching one of the medical
shows and the surgeon sews the person up wrong. Nobody else would notice
Why is this disparity worth confronting? Because according to Friedman
and other criminal defense attorneys, the expectations these show set
affect potential jurors. According to Friedman, those expecting a drama
to unfold in the courtroom will be sorely disappointed.
"I address that on day one with my clients," Friedman said about
witnesses and defendants breaking down or lashing out during the trial.
"There’s to be absolutely no emotion in the courtroom regardless
of what someone may say about them."
Attorney Friedman also said modern jurors are also frequently expecting
the defendant to take the stand-- and may become suspicious when they
don't. "In real life, (defendants testifying) is the exception
to the rule," Friedman explained. "The problem is the people
have seen the defendant testify every single night during primetime, so
the reason this guy isn’t testifying is he’s got to be hiding
something, so you really do have to address that."
The Evolving Jury Box
For Attorney Friedman, addressing the public's evolving understanding
of how our criminal justice system works is part of a criminal defense
attorney's job. According to him, wrangling jury expectations has
always key to maintaining a viable trial and will continue to be in the future.
“Society evolves. So does strategy in the courtroom," Friedman told
Cleveland Jewish News. "You have to address the current jurors, the present-day jurors,
and you have to address all of their concerns and experiences. They are
different today than they were five years ago, and they will be very different
particularly as the advent of technology continues."
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