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Thursday, January 13, 2005

99 Word Law Review: Law & Order, Wednesday 1/12

Another new feature here on TVGeekSpeak: the 99 Word Law Review. Written by actual lawyer Dawn Summers (lawyers watch TV? Who knew?), her weekly piece will analyze one hand-picked legal drama for its accuracy in portraying the law. This week, she puts Elisabeth Rohm's final Law & Order on trial.

I only have 99 words, so let's get to the six most important: "Is this because I'm a lesbian?" With that, Law & Order viewers saw the first on-air canning of a series regular since Mike Logan's exile to Staten Island. When a rap protégé is accused of killing his mentor, Serena believes he's covering for a friend from the 'hood and fights against prosecuting him for murder. But legally, if you help someone cover up a murder, you're an accomplice. So Branch was right to fire her, not because she's gay, but because she got the law wrong.

Dawn Summers' 99 Word Law Review will appear every week. Naturally, she's billing us for her time by the hour.

5 other geekspeak:

  • So really, she should have been arrested, no?

    By Blogger Yaron, at 8:36 PM  

  • You think she'd consider switching teams?

    By Blogger Bowly, at 11:09 PM  

  • "No, it's because you're quite possibly the worst actress on television."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:11 PM  

  • Prosecutorial discretion is an important part of the job. While the kid may have been guilty, there is no requirement that the DA go after him. Decisions (not) to prosecute are made for political, social and personal reasons as well as legal ones.

    I don't think she was fired because she didn't think the kid should be prosecuted -- I agree with Anonymous.

    By Blogger Rick, at 7:48 PM  

  • She could not top Angie Harmon (Abby). I was so upset when she left the show. For Elisabeth to come in and try to fill Angie's shoes was a joke. She is a terrible actor. They should have never casted her.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:51 AM  

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