Saturday, June 02, 2007
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Cutthroat Manifesto

Found a new hero in the name of Deputy District Attorney Sebastian Stark, as I watched the premiere episode of "Shark." I like James Woods playing a lawyer. The first one I him as one saw was "True Believer" with Robert Downey, Jr. where he played a burned-out ex-civil rights lawyer (turned drug dealer lawyer) with one more big case left to fight. He was great there. And he was great here as an ex-defense counsel who switched sides after a bungled case.

He has a mock-courtroom in his house...

Watching this show made me dream again of becoming a lawyer. Wait a minute.... I am a lawyer!

For those who do not know, I grew up on LA Law dreaming of becoming a Michael Kuzak with Grace Van Owen as a girlfriend. But I ended up being an Arnold Becker, without the sleeping with the clients part. Good thing I did not grow up on Ally McBeal.

But going back to the Shark, the fact that Jeri Lynn Ryan (Seven of Nine in Star Trek:Voyager, one of my "oogle girls") was there as District Attorney Jessica Devlin more than persuaded me to watch it to the end. Now I found out that the pilot was directed by Spike Lee, so I intend to make an appointment to watch this show regularly.

Sebastian Stark had these three rules he lives by, his so-called "Cutthroat Manifesto."

1. "Trial is War. Second place is death."

2. "Truth is relative. Pick one that works."

3. "In a jury trial, there are only twelve opinions that matter and yours [speaking to his team] is not one of them."

Applicable here, except for number 3 where you substitute the number of judges (or justices) deciding upon your case.

Borrowing some concepts, I think we should consider electing our prosecutors instead of them just being appointed by the powers that be. In that way, they have a sense of accountability by being under public scrutiny most of the time. Taking them out of the civil service and hence, away from the protection of security of tenure may lead them to take their jobs seriously.

Also, since they're already influenced by politics anyway, we may just as well make them directly accountable to voters.

But that's just me.

Enjoy your weekend. Still have some work over the weekend. And then I have to prepare my kids for school (and another early out-of-town hearing on Monday...)

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