Law and Popular Culture
Lawyer Relies on ‘Animal House’ for Inspiration
Posted Mar 19, 2008 8:45 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
In an upcoming memoir, criminal defense lawyer Mickey Sherman reveals that his courtroom strategy is inspired by the movie Animal House.
Sherman says he tries to deflect issues of guilt by blaming the system as the fraternity member Otter does in the film, the New York Post reports.
"After a long list of infractions are rattled off, Otter stands up and declares that any criticism of his fraternity is the same as . . . indicting the entire American education system, and 'say what you will about the Delta House, but we won't stand for anyone trying to put down the United States of America,' " writes Sherman in the book, How Can You Defend Those People?