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TWELVE ANGRY MEN – CHAPTER FROM MOVIE THERAPY FOR LAW STUDENTS

In light of the Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre’s Production of Twelve Angry Men, I wanted to share this chapter from my book, Movie Therapy for Law Students -Sonia Buck, June 15, 2018 12 ANGRY MEN (MGM 1957) Starring:  Henry Fonda; Lee J. Cobb; Ed Bagley; E.G. Marshall; Jack Klugman; Jack Warden; Martin Balsam; John Fieldler; George Voskovec; Robert Webber; Edward Binns; Joseph Sweeney Lesson:  Criminal Law Plot:  12 Angry Men begins with a scene outside a courtroom, where a murder trial has just ended and bystanders are congratulating the prosecutor on a job well done.  It appears the onlookers assumed the defendant was guilty and that the prosecutor succeeded in proving his guilt to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt.  The prosecutor and his fans over-confidently await the jury’s verdict.  The rest of the movie tracks the jury’s deliberations.  It is the “hottest day of the year,” and the jurors – 12 white males – are stuck in a small room with uncomfortable chairs.  Most jurors are eager to get to baseball games and other commitments.  They assume their work is essentially finished at this point.  Eleven of them are immediately in favor of a guilty verdict.  One man, Juror #8 (Henry Fonda), struggles to persuade them not to rush to convict the defendant, a young immigrant boy accused of killing his father.  Juror #8 conducts his own investigation after hours.   He shares his “evidence” with the jury, negating witness testimony and circumstantial evidence (something the defense attorney failed to do).  One by one, Juror #8 has the other jurors questioning their initial assessments.  At times, the dialogue is...

MURPHYS LAW UPDATES

Murphys Law Updates Murphys Law – what does it mean?  “What can go wrong, will go wrong.”  Or something to that effect.  But, the changes of something going wrong can often be reduced by hiring a skilled attorney.  Meet Attorney Sonia Buck’s dog, Murphy. Murphy is Linnell, Choate, & Webber’s spokesdog.  He helps us share legal tips and Maine law updates on our Facebook page.  Most recently, our legal tips focused on wills, trusts, and estates, and service animal regulations with respect to public accommodations.  Murphy’s Law will make you smile as you learn legal tips and receive Maine law updates. Don’t miss the next Murphys Law Monday.  He is also good about providing reminders about upcoming legal deadlines under Maine law, such as municipal dog registration dates and information and links to assist in compliance.   Murphys Law Monday will be periodically updated and will add a smile to your Monday morning.  Murphy will share his best Maine law updates and legal tips, and other pearls of wisdom.  He will also keep you up to date on what is new at Linnell, Choate, & Webber, LLP Follow us on Facebook for Murphy’s Law Legal Tips and Updates and let us know what types of legal tips, law updates, or other issues you wish Murphy to share for Murphys Law Monday. Linnell, Choate, & Webber, LLP is a full service law firm in Auburn, Maine.  ...