History Film / AFewGoodMen

14th Jun '18 9:36:20 AM hullflyer
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** He is also shown to be ''very'' good at plea bargaining, which is not an insignificant skill for a lawyer - he still needs to get the best deal for his client, while satisfying the prosecutor.

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** He is also shown to be ''very'' good at plea bargaining, which is not an insignificant skill for a lawyer - he still needs to get the best deal for his client, while satisfying the prosecutor.prosecutor[[note]]Anyone who works in the legal/courtroom trial arena (or has even sat on a jury) knows that a lawyer who is doing their job will do everything possible to keep their client ''out'' of a courtroom. Because as soon as you go in a courtroom, you lose all control over your fate, and are at the mercy of the judge and jury. While bargaining, you at least retain ''some'' control.[[/note]].
2nd Jun '18 2:32:43 PM SuperSauce
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* JustFollowingOrders: Kaffee proposes using this as the basis for his court defense of Downey and Dawson: they were ordered by superior officers to discipline Santiago, and their "Code Red" just got out of hand. Galloway retorts that that line of defense [[GodwinsLaw didn't work at Nuremberg]] and it didn't work at [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar My Lai]] and it's not going to work now. Kaffee fires back that the difference with the Marines is that they were just carrying out a routine order they didn't think would result in any physical harm. But of course, Code Reds ''are'' illegal, regardless of what harm might ensue, so their clients should properly have refused the order. [[spoiler:Kaffee ultimately gets them acquitted of the most serious charges largely by tricking their CO into admitting on the stand that he had given said illegal orders.]]

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* JustFollowingOrders: Kaffee proposes using this as the basis for his court defense of Downey and Dawson: they were ordered by superior officers to discipline Santiago, and their "Code Red" just got out of hand. Galloway Weinberg retorts that that line of defense [[GodwinsLaw didn't work at Nuremberg]] and it didn't work at [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar My Lai]] and it's not going to work now. Kaffee fires back that the difference with the Marines is that they were just carrying out a routine order they didn't think would result in any physical harm. But of course, Code Reds ''are'' illegal, regardless of what harm might ensue, so their clients should properly have refused the order. [[spoiler:Kaffee ultimately gets them acquitted of the most serious charges largely by tricking their CO into admitting on the stand that he had given said illegal orders.]]
2nd Jun '18 1:52:02 PM StarSword
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** Possibly justified also in that a dishonorable discharge is going to make it very hard to make a living in the civilan world as employers are going to be very wary to hire someone with a dishonorable discharge especially for manslaughter. [[spoiler:He ultimately gets it, anyway.]]

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** Possibly justified also in that a dishonorable discharge is going to make it very hard to make a living in the civilan civilian world as employers are going to be very wary to hire someone with a dishonorable discharge especially for manslaughter. [[spoiler:He ultimately gets it, anyway.]]


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* JustFollowingOrders: Kaffee proposes using this as the basis for his court defense of Downey and Dawson: they were ordered by superior officers to discipline Santiago, and their "Code Red" just got out of hand. Galloway retorts that that line of defense [[GodwinsLaw didn't work at Nuremberg]] and it didn't work at [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar My Lai]] and it's not going to work now. Kaffee fires back that the difference with the Marines is that they were just carrying out a routine order they didn't think would result in any physical harm. But of course, Code Reds ''are'' illegal, regardless of what harm might ensue, so their clients should properly have refused the order. [[spoiler:Kaffee ultimately gets them acquitted of the most serious charges largely by tricking their CO into admitting on the stand that he had given said illegal orders.]]
2nd Jun '18 1:21:06 PM StarSword
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** With Jo it's her KnightTemplar tendencies (that made her refuse any and all plea options and go straight to court, which could have gotten Dawson and Downey executed or imprisoned for life and may have gotten Kaffee a black mark on his file, be expelled from the Navy or worse if his [[CourtroomAntic Courtroom Antics]] hadn't worked) and desire to catch those actually responsible for Santiago's death and other misconducts on Gitmo (namely Jessup), even if that is not the actual objective of her assignment and she's embarrasingly wet behind the ears as a JAG attorney (doubly so as a Lieutenant Commander, a grade which requires at least 12 years in the service to reach).

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** With Jo it's her KnightTemplar tendencies (that made her refuse any and all plea options and go straight to court, which could have gotten Dawson and Downey executed or imprisoned for life and may have gotten Kaffee a black mark on his file, be expelled from the Navy or worse if his [[CourtroomAntic Courtroom Antics]] {{Courtroom Antic}}s hadn't worked) and desire to catch those actually responsible for Santiago's death and other misconducts on Gitmo (namely Jessup), even if that is not the actual objective of her assignment and she's embarrasingly embarrassingly wet behind the ears as a JAG attorney (doubly so as a Lieutenant Commander, a grade which requires at least 12 years in the service to reach).



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Markinson criticises Kendrick over his handling of "the Curtis Bell incident" in the first meeting the pair have with Jessop about Santiago. This incident forms the basis of Kaffee's questioning of Kendrick in the courtroom, and is revealed to have been a Code Red.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Markinson criticises Kendrick over his handling of "the Curtis Bell incident" in the first meeting the pair have with Jessop Jessup about Santiago. This incident forms the basis of Kaffee's questioning of Kendrick in the courtroom, and is revealed to have been a Code Red.


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* GeneralRipper: Colonel Jessup towards the Cubans whose island his base is on. He essentially can't accept that the UsefulNotes/ColdWar is over (and that the Cuban government isn't stupid enough to try and restart it) and is constantly on guard as if he was stationed in the Korean DMZ. This mentality combined with his GungHolierThanThou attitude is shown to filter down to the troops.
31st May '18 10:00:44 AM oscart182
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{{Creator/NBC}} will broadcast a live performance of the play in 2017. No other details are currently known.

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{{Creator/NBC}} will broadcast a live performance of the play in 2017.2019. No other details are currently known.
20th Apr '18 8:20:41 PM lalaTKG
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* MassOhCrap: When [[spoiler: Jessup confesses]], the whole courtroom goes ''dead silent''. Galloway looks like she's seen a ghost, Jack Ross looks like's about to cry, and Kaffee's expression is a mixture of "I cannot believe that actually worked" and "you guys all saw that too, right?"

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* MassOhCrap: When [[spoiler: Jessup confesses]], the whole courtroom goes ''dead silent''. Galloway looks like she's seen a ghost, Jack Ross looks like's like he's about to cry, and Kaffee's expression is a mixture of "I cannot believe that actually worked" and "you guys all saw that too, right?"
20th Apr '18 8:12:32 PM lalaTKG
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: When the member of the court exit the coutroom after [[spoiler: Jessup confesses]], his reaction is not anger or denial, but confusion at something that strikes him as ridiculous, asking "Colonel, what the hell is this? I did my job and I'd do it again" with the bored irritation as if [[ButForMeItWasTuesday someone just stole one of his french fries at lunchtime.]]

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: When the member of the court exit exits the coutroom after [[spoiler: Jessup confesses]], his reaction is not anger or denial, but confusion at something that strikes him as ridiculous, asking "Colonel, what the hell is this? I did my job and I'd do it again" with the bored irritation as if [[ButForMeItWasTuesday someone just stole one of his french fries at lunchtime.]]
17th Apr '18 1:44:16 AM SuperSauce
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* DeathGlare: Kaffee gives the doctor one as he finishes his examination after all but outright blaming him for being negligent in assessing Santiago's well-being and physical incapacity as a Marine.
18th Mar '18 5:17:13 AM benda
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** Kendrick says Santiago is dead because "he had no code, he had no honor, and God was watching." Kendrick is a jerk, but Dawson was the one person who stopped the other marines from beating up Santiago, and Santiago tried to get a transfer in exchange for testimony against Dawson for an illegal shooting Dawson didn't commit.

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** Kendrick says Santiago is dead because "he had no code, he had no honor, and God was watching." Kendrick is a jerk, but Dawson was the one person who stopped the other marines from beating up Santiago, and Santiago tried to get a transfer in exchange for testimony against Dawson for an illegal shooting Dawson didn't commit.may not even have committed.
16th Mar '18 3:48:10 PM marcoasalazarm
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