Singing Loudly: The Killing Spree In Texas: Boston Legal Style

Singing Loudly

Friday, March 25, 2005

The Killing Spree In Texas: Boston Legal Style

A few months ago I posted a NYT's magazine article about the Texas criminal law regime. That seems to be the complete basis for the Boston Legal that was on last Sunday. I didn't have time to get around to watching the show until this morning, so I'm a little behind.

Basically Alan Shore goes to Texas with one of the co-workers to fight a capital case. There is much discussion about the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. How seven of the nine judges on it were former prosecutors. Although, they didn't mention that most of them were death penalty prosecutors. There is a difference in most Texas counties between prosecutors who handle misdemeanors, non-violent crimes, felonies, and then capital cases.

They also didn't mention that most of the judges on the county criminal court level are former proseuctors.

It was funny to see Alan Shore go to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals wearing a white cowboy hat. If only he could have had a pistol, I'm sure he would have fit right in with the judges.


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