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Does Beverley McLachlin’s crime novel ring true? | Tony Paas

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 12:41 PM | By Tony Paas

I’m often asked by non-lawyers to comment on the authenticity of legal TV shows or movies. Many of the shows are/were cringe-worthy, though if I stepped back I could understand the need for that lack of authenticity. While a real murder trial might take weeks to elicit ponderous forensic evidence or necessary background, a television show has to wrap up a trial in about 45 minutes of playing time from the dirty deed to the verdict. Cross-examinations are limited to 50 seconds, tops; jury addresses, 90...