Law in Popular Culture
Drug Court Group Blasts New ‘Last Shot with Judge Gunn’ Reality TV Program
Posted Sep 23, 2011 4:37 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A trade group is blasting a new reality television program set to premiere in national syndication Monday on Fox.
The program Last Shot With Judge Gunn, which is distributed by Trifecta Entertainment, is misleading and potentially detrimental to real drug courts, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals contends in a press release (PDF), because it may be taken by viewers to be an actual court proceeding, reports the Arkansas Blog of Arkansas Times.
In fact, actors are used to play court personnel and Mary Ann Gunn, a former circuit court judge who oversaw a drug court in Fayetteville, Ark., is no longer on the state court bench. The show is filmed in a real courtroom rented for the purpose.
In an article in Northwest Arkansas Times, Gunn urged potential viewers to give her show a chance. "I'm ready for the community to watch it," she said, "and then they can all judge it for the message it hopefully brings to a wider audience," reports the Associated Press.
A press release about the program gives more details about the show and Gunn's background.