Lawquacious wrote:I already responded once that this was an overly strong conclusion (obviously) re: the Wire being the only credited response. I also mentioned that I would check it out and I did. Now I am even less impressed with Rand's answer. It seems like a high quality show and I am kind of getting into it, but I think the show still takes lots of liberties re: how policing and court process actually works, although I will say for the most part the courtroom scenes seem pretty realistic. I've spent a lot of time sitting in courtrooms for a previous job, including providing testimony and talking with judges, so I do have some basis of comparison. I disagree that there is no basis of comparing other dramatic renderings of lawyering or court process (actually the Wire is mostly about detective work, not lawyering, from what I have seen so far).
Just because there is a class on the show does not prove that it is the most significant or accurate dramatic rendering of the legal process. It is one among many, albeit perhaps a fairly good one (though if you ask a bunch of Baltimore detectives how accurate some of the stuff in season 1 is [all that I have seen so far] I think you would find that its not nearly as common as the show represents for cops to be assaulting suspects where not assaulted first and that they would also point out other dramatic liberties). Anyway, I suppose overconfidence such as above can be a form of baiting (whether or not it was intended this way), but I am glad that I was introduced to a new show.
I want to slap you across the face because you did not post, "OMFG THE WIRE IS THE BEST SHOW EVAR," but your response was so reasonable and fair that I admit I am a bit confused.
Anyway, did you read, "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" by the guy who created the Wire? Because some of the stuff that happens in the Wire with the Homicide Unit comes straight from anecdotes obtained from spending a year working with investigators. Not necessarily the assault stuff, of course.