In the Journal’s January-February issue, Part I of this article began by surveying television’s profound influence on American culture since the early 1950s, a sturdy foundation for federal and state judges who cite or discuss well known television shows in their opinions. Part I presented television drama shows.
This Part II picks up where Part I left of. The discussion below presents television situation comedies (“sitcoms”) and reality TV shows that appear in judicial opinions. The discussion concludes by explaining why advocates should feel comfortable following the judges’ lead by carefully using television references to help make written substantive or procedural arguments (as Justice Scalia put it) “more vivid, more lively, and hence more memorable.”
Douglas E. Abrams,
References to Television Shows in Judicial Opinions and Written Advocacy (Part II), 75 Journal of the Missouri Bar 85
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