Law in Popular Culture

1313 ABA Journal Law in Popular Culture articles.

In Amazon’s ‘Gary Busey: Pet Judge,’ is what you see really what you get?

I watched the first episode, and it was suspect from the start. The first case involved a married couple arguing over what to do with their deceased cat’s remains. The husband wanted to give the pet a “Viking funeral.”

Was NBC’s ‘Night Court’ a comedy set in a courtroom or a courtroom comedy?
Like many of you, I’ve binged my way through about everything I can stomach over the last three months or so. I’m not one who only watches television or movies for the pure enjoyment of the craft. Oftentimes, my viewing habits have an end goal. However, as my regular readers are aware, my wife and I do try to find some shows we can watch together as part of our “bedtime” routine.
Netflix obtains foreign trademark rights to ‘Space Force’ before US government
Netflix has secured some foreign trademark rights to the phrase “Space Force”—which is also the name of its new comedy series starring Steve Carell—ahead of the U.S. government.
Lenny Dykstra’s reputation was so tarnished that he wasn’t defamed by book, judge rules
A New York judge has tossed a defamation lawsuit filed by Lenny Dykstra, ruling that the former baseball player’s reputation is so tarnished that he wasn’t injured by his former teammate’s bigotry claim.
Judge awards the zoo in Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ to Joe Exotic’s rival
A federal judge in Oklahoma awarded Monday the zoo made famous in Netflix’s Tiger King to the Big Cat Rescue Corp., founded by Joe Exotic’s rival, Carole Baskin.
The latest season of AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ focuses on the art of the bargain
Over the years, I’ve written a few law in pop culture columns focusing on AMC’s Better Call Saul. Not only is the show extremely entertaining, but it’s also a testament to the modern television crime drama. It absolutely excels in every aspect. The writing is fantastic, the acting is incredible, and the production and cinematography are about as close to flawless as you can get.
Lawyers are the directors and set designers of their courtroom dramas

Litigation unfolds upon a stage in the theater of the courtroom. And while combative, compulsive and closed litigation stories are constrained and shaped by evidentiary and legal rules and the meticulous presentation of factual evidence, lawyers are nevertheless the producers, directors and set designers of their own theatrical courtroom dramas.

Studios that made ‘Criminal Minds’ are sued for alleged longtime sexual harassment on set
A California agency has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging that the production companies that made the TV show Criminal Minds failed to prevent an alleged hostile work environment that persisted for 14 years.
Silver Gavel Awards honor works on jailing pregnant women, judicial indiscretion
The six recipients of this year’s Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts shine a light into little explored corners of the legal system, from the obscure laws that criminalize pregnant women to the harmful role judges played during the opioid epidemic.
‘Mrs. America’ and the renewed focus on the Equal Rights Amendment

“In a world where multiple sexual orientations and gender identities are becoming more accepted in mainstream culture, it seems past time for the ERA to finally become law,” writes Oklahoma lawyer Adam Banner.

Afternoon Briefs: Open-industry legal platform tested; panel considers future of California bar exam

Tech platform pioneered by 3 law firms will synchronize legal projects

Three law firms have pioneered a new open-industry platform called Lupl to collaborate with corporate clients on complex legal…

Afternoon Briefs: Hackers want $21M from showbiz lawyer; videos of clothed women not a crime

Hackers demand $21M from showbiz lawyer

Hackers are threatening to reveal personal information about the celebrity clients of lawyer Allen Grubman unless he pays them a ransom of $21 million.…

Animal law attorney discusses Netflix’s ‘Tiger King,’ legal issues related to wildlife trafficking

While quarantined with a bout of COVID-19 in her uptown New Orleans home, endangered species protection lawyer Carney Anne Nasser has had plenty to say about the controversy swirling around the Netflix docuseries Tiger King. Nasser talked recently with ABA Journal Legal Affairs Writer Matt Reynolds.

Afternoon Briefs: Sen. Ted Cruz supports salon owner released from jail; LegalMatch defeats TRO bid

Salon owner wins release after she is jailed for defying TRO

A Dallas salon owner jailed for contempt after she ignored a temporary restraining owner to close her business was…

What Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ says about gun culture in America

With Tiger King, Netflix promises “murder, mayhem and madness,” and the seven-part series delivers. “Video games, the news and Hollywood have inured the public to the idea of violence while camouflaging the grisly consequences,” writes the ABA Journal’s Liane Jackson.

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