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date: 30 October 2020

American Lawyer and Courtroom Comedieslocked

  • David Ray PapkeDavid Ray PapkeDepartment of Law, Marquette University Law School

Summary

A large amount of American law-related popular culture is comedic. Inexpensive literature, Hollywood movies, and prime-time series routinely include images of amusing lawyers and accounts of hilarious trials. These pop cultural works entertain readers and viewers and in some instances simultaneously speak to the public’s resentment of powerful legal institutions.

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  • Criminology and Criminal Justice

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