History Film / AndJusticeForAll

22nd Jan '17 12:50:22 PM crazysamaritan
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The man with diabetes even gets the cop testifying against him laughing when he calls the judge a douchebag.
* AmoralAttorney: Kirkland's girlfriend Gail Packer, who works on the ethics committee, is arguably one of these. She points out to him that much of what disgusts him about the justice system is, in fact, legally and procedurally correct. Of course, as Kirkland counters, that doesn't make it right...
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Fleming tries this on Kirkland, and it might've worked too, if he would have only shut up.
* BigBad: Judge Henry T. Fleming.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The man with diabetes even "diabetes" gets the whole courtroom, including the cop testifying against him him, laughing when he calls the judge a douchebag.
* AmoralAttorney: Kirkland's girlfriend girlfriend, Gail Packer, who works on from the ethics committee, is arguably one of these. She points out to him that much of what disgusts him about the justice system is, in fact, legally and procedurally correct. Of course, as She presents an opposing view from Kirkland counters, that doesn't make it right...
by standing up for the law and enforcing a separation of emotions from duty; people whose emotions interfere with their job can't be lawyers.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Fleming tries this on The first time the offer is made, it's done indirectly, through Judge Rayford. Kirkland realizes that may have connections that will cause him to be disbarred if he chooses not to represent Judge Fleming. The offer continually gets worse for Kirkland, and it might've worked too, if [[spoiler: until he would have only shut up.
* BigBad: Judge Henry T. Fleming.
finally snaps during his Opening Arguments, revealing the corruption he's discovered]].



* BlackComedy: The film has a fair amount of this. Rayford's suicidal tendencies are a good example.
* ChewingTheScenery: Pacino's over-the-top performance as Kirkland. But given what his character's going through, this was probably the best way to play it.

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* BlackComedy: The film has puts a a fair amount of this. effort into showing the people involved in the justice system either don't care about the lives/laws involved, or end up killing themselves unless they can turn it into a big joke. Judge Rayford's suicidal tendencies are a good example.
approach is that [[DeathSeeker Life sucks]], combining both results.
* ChewingTheScenery: Pacino's over-the-top performance as Kirkland. But given during Kirkland's Opening Statement gives rise to a [[SignatureLine famous quote]]. Given what his character's going through, this was probably the best way to play it.



* DeathSeeker: Judge Rayford has figured out the meaning of like after skydiving with a broken parachute and reserve; it sucks. Because of this, Kirkland identifies him as having a death wish, and the audience gets to see him trying to eat a bullet during a recess.



* DidIMentionItsChristmas: In one scene where Kirkland visits his grandfather at the nursing home, a Christmas tree is visible in the background. No other mention of the holiday is ever made.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Ralph Agee]]
** [[SuicideAsComedy Played for laughs]] with Judge Rayford, who clearly has a death wish.

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* DidIMentionItsChristmas: In one scene where The last time Kirkland visits his grandfather at the nursing home, a Christmas tree is visible in the background. No other mention of the holiday is ever made.
made, but the visit before last was Thanksgiving and it's explicit that Kirkland hasn't come for three weeks, which would often coincide with the Christmas season.
* DrivenToSuicide: DrivenToSuicide:
** Terrified of ''more'' jail time
[[spoiler:Ralph Agee]]
Agee]] decides to hang himself.
** [[SuicideAsComedy Played for laughs]] with Judge Rayford, who clearly has a [[DeathSeeker death wish.wish]].



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The only logical way Fleming could make that last little comment.



* GoodLawyersGoodClients: Played completely straight with Arthur Kirkland. Every client we see him defend is either innocent or very sympathetic, until he's blackmailed into representing Judge Fleming on rape charges, leading to his infamous breakdown.

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* GoodLawyersGoodClients: Played completely Arthur Kirkland appears to be a straight with Arthur Kirkland. Every client we see him defend example, because Aggie's guilt is either firmly established, but he'd probably be fine if he was kept in good company, while Jeff is innocent or very sympathetic, until of everything except for having a broken taillight, for which he's blackmailed spent months in jail as a result. But Kirkland's other two on-screen clients aren't as good; his "first" client (the first one he ever represented, not the first one the audience sees) turns out to be a ManipulativeBastard of his own, regularly getting into representing trouble by consorting with prostitutes and hiding it from his wife. He gets great information that Judge Fleming on rape charges, leading is actually ''innocent'' of this crime, despite the judge's horrible ideas. [[spoiler:Which turns out to his infamous breakdown.have been manufactured by the judge's "friends", without ever having to give an explicit request.]]
12th Jan '17 8:04:33 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* EntitledBastard: Fleming, especially when he blackmailed the honest Kirkland to defend him in court.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The fed-up Judge Rayford leaves his stand after Kirkland's antics and his delivery of his SignatureLine (see below) after telling him he's out of order to keep him under control and having him removed from the courtroom.


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* SmugSnake: Fleming, he is arrogant and an EntitledBastard in general, [[spoiler: freely admits to be guilty of his sex crime and makes a sleazy remark about raping his victim again]].
* TheSociopath: Fleming, as he has a LackOfEmpathy towards innocents who presided before him in court like Jeff and [[spoiler:express interest in raping his victim again which led him to be in the other side of the trial with Kirkland to defend him without any remorse or true guilt and evenly smugly admitting to be guilty like he was proud of his crime before the trial when pictures of him with a call girl are revealed to him]].


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* VillainousBSOD: [[spoiler:Fleming scornfully sits down in defeat after Kirkland betrays him in court.]]
5th Oct '16 8:09:58 PM Fireblood
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** Some of the evidence Kirkland digs up on Fleming should have been turned over to the prosecutor's office. For instance, Fleming reveals to him that a supposed witness who says he saw another man leaving where his victim lived actually was paid to lie. Knowing that, he had an obligation not to put this witness on and report the planned crime, which would torpedo Fleming's case through a completely legal method, rather than killing his career by turning on Fleming during his opening argument.

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** Some of the evidence Kirkland digs up on Fleming should have been turned over to the prosecutor's office.office too. For instance, Fleming reveals to him that a supposed witness who says he saw another man leaving where his victim lived actually was paid to lie. Knowing that, he had an obligation not to put this witness on and report the planned crime, which would torpedo Fleming's case through a completely legal method, rather than killing his career by turning on Fleming during his opening argument.
5th Oct '16 8:06:41 PM Fireblood
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** Some of the evidence Kirkland digs up on Fleming should have been turned over to the prosecutor's office.

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** Some of the evidence Kirkland digs up on Fleming should have been turned over to the prosecutor's office. For instance, Fleming reveals to him that a supposed witness who says he saw another man leaving where his victim lived actually was paid to lie. Knowing that, he had an obligation not to put this witness on and report the planned crime, which would torpedo Fleming's case through a completely legal method, rather than killing his career by turning on Fleming during his opening argument.
19th May '16 2:29:26 PM Nylsa
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* NightmareFuel: What happens to Jeff - an innocent man who still ended up going to jail despite all the evidence, and is cruelly raped by the prisoners and killed by the guards because of it - is enough to make you question the entire legal system.
10th May '16 1:53:08 PM wittylibrarian
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* NightmareFuel: What happens to Jeff - an innocent man who still ended up going to jail despite all the evidence, and is cruelly raped by the prisoners and killed by the guards because of it - is enough to make you question the entire legal system.
5th Jan '16 12:47:39 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* BigBad: Judge Henry T. Fleming.
8th Jan '15 12:35:27 AM Mdumas43073
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* GreyAndGrayMorality: The entire legal system as depicted in the film. The judges are either borderline insane like Rayford, or downright evil like Fleming. The prosecutors are more interested in punishing people for minor offenses while pursuing high-profile cases that make them look good in the press. Most of the public defenders have either surrendered to apathy or are so swamped with cases that they can't apply any sound judgment handling them, and even the ones who want to do good like Kirkland can't break through the wall of corruption and incompetence overwhelming the courts.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: The entire legal system system, as depicted in the film.film, combines this with copious amounts of CrapsackWorld and WorldGoneMad. The judges are either borderline insane like Rayford, or downright evil like Fleming. The prosecutors are more interested in punishing people for minor offenses while pursuing high-profile cases that make them look good in the press. Most of the public defenders have either surrendered to apathy or are so swamped with cases that they can't apply any sound judgment handling them, and even the ones who want to do good like Kirkland can't break through the wall of corruption and incompetence overwhelming the courts.
8th Jan '15 12:33:34 AM Mdumas43073
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* GreyAndGrayMorality: The entire legal system. The judges are either borderline insane like Rayford, or downright evil like Fleming. The prosecutors are more interested in punishing people for minor offenses while pursuing high-profile cases that make them look good in the press. Most of the public defenders have either surrendered to apathy or are so swamped with cases that they can't apply any sound judgment handling them, and even the ones who want to do good like Kirkland can't break through the wall of corruption and incompetence overwhelming the courts.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: The entire legal system.system as depicted in the film. The judges are either borderline insane like Rayford, or downright evil like Fleming. The prosecutors are more interested in punishing people for minor offenses while pursuing high-profile cases that make them look good in the press. Most of the public defenders have either surrendered to apathy or are so swamped with cases that they can't apply any sound judgment handling them, and even the ones who want to do good like Kirkland can't break through the wall of corruption and incompetence overwhelming the courts.
8th Jan '15 12:32:42 AM Mdumas43073
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* GoodLawyersGoodClients: Played completely straight with Arthur Kirkland. Every client we see him defend is either innocent or very sympathetic, until he's blackmailed into representing Judge Fleming on rape charges, leading to his infamous breakdown.



* GoodLawyersGoodClients: Played completely straight with Arthur Kirkland. Every client we see him defend is either innocent or very sympathetic, until he's blackmailed into representing Judge Fleming on rape charges, leading to his infamous breakdown.
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