Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Suspension of disbelief

I just got around to watching last night's episode of "The Good Wife."  In it, our heroic, plucky protagonist, Alicia Florrick, and her merry band of big law firm lawyers have taken on the last ditch appeal of a death row inmate.  The story picks up at 9 a.m. on the day of his execution; the lawyers have until 6 that evening to file paperwork with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to win a stay of execution.  And in magic television style, they instead manage to convince one of the appellate court judges not only to stay the execution, but to grant the guy a new trial because he's innocent.

Yeah, 'cause that really happens.

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