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17th Feb '18 7:33:37 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', Matt Murdock will only accept innocent clients. Because of his super lie-detecting powers, he knows exactly who they are. But of course there aren't that many of them so the movie notes that the firm is nearly broke. To keep the legal scene more exciting in the movie, they apparently made Matt the prosecuting attorney in a rape case, which private attorneys cannot do unless they have a prosecutor's brief from the state to take the pressure off a Crown Prosecutor or DA for that case. It gets {{lampshaded}} early on, when Foggy reminds Matt that they were taught in law school that they have to defend people who might not be innocent, and Matt snarks that it was Foggy's best class.

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* In ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', Matt Murdock will only accept innocent clients. Because of his super lie-detecting powers, he knows exactly who they are. But of course there aren't that many of them them, and the ones that are tend to be poor, so the movie notes that the firm is nearly broke. To keep the legal scene more exciting in the movie, they apparently made Matt the prosecuting ''prosecuting'' attorney in a rape case, [[ArtisticLicenseLaw which private attorneys cannot do do]] unless they have a prosecutor's brief from the state to take the pressure off a Crown Prosecutor or DA for that case. It gets {{lampshaded}} early on, when Foggy reminds Matt that they were taught in law school that they have to defend people who might not be innocent, and Matt snarks that it was Foggy's best class.
14th Feb '18 2:42:55 PM CountDorku
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** At one point in the books, Rumpole offers a toast up to the world's criminals, without whom everyone at the Bailey would have to find another job. Most of the other lawyers respond awkwardly.
13th Feb '18 4:14:22 PM foxley
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* ''Film/MollysGame'': Despite being in hot water with the FBI, Molly is ultimately a decent person, and this compels Charlie to represent her in the case.
23rd Dec '17 2:37:39 AM TitoMosquito
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer'': the district attorney admits he doesn't want SantaClaus to go to jail, but still has plenty of evidence that points to why he should. When Cousin Mel confesses, however, he's the first one to yell for her to be arrested.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer'': the district attorney admits he doesn't want SantaClaus to go to jail, jail (let alone ruin Christmas), but still has plenty of evidence that points to why he should. When Cousin Mel confesses, however, he's the first one to yell for her to be arrested.
2nd Sep '17 2:25:09 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Played completely straight in ''Film/AndJusticeForAll''. AlPacino plays a scrupulous attorney who focuses on defending honest clients, then is blackmailed into protecting a rapist judge who enjoyed screwing with him. He breaks down and tells the jury he hates his client, then quits law forever.

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* Played completely straight in ''Film/AndJusticeForAll''. AlPacino Creator/AlPacino plays a scrupulous attorney who focuses on defending honest clients, then is blackmailed into protecting a rapist judge who enjoyed screwing with him. He breaks down and tells the jury he hates his client, then quits law forever.
31st Aug '17 11:55:50 PM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/DoctorDolittle The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle]]'' includes a trial where the Doctor's old friend is falsely accused of murder. The attorney is a genial, jovial, nice guy, while the prosecutor is described as a "frowning, spluttering, long-nosed" quarrelsome individual.

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* ''[[Literature/DoctorDolittle The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle]]'' ''Literature/TheVoyagesOfDoctorDolittle'' includes a trial where the Doctor's old friend is falsely accused of murder. The attorney is a genial, jovial, nice guy, while the prosecutor is described as a "frowning, spluttering, long-nosed" quarrelsome individual.
22nd Aug '17 6:58:08 PM eroock
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->There was one murder per week in this community, so you'd think that, under the law of averages, the law-enforcement authorities, led by District Attorney Hamilton Burger, would at least occasionally arrest a guilty person. But they ''never'' did. They ''always'' arrested an innocent person, and that person ''always'' hired Perry Mason, who ''always'' won the case...
-->--''Creator/DaveBarry Turns 50'', regarding ''Franchise/PerryMason''

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->There ->''"There was one murder per week in this community, so you'd think that, under the law of averages, the law-enforcement authorities, led by District Attorney Hamilton Burger, would at least occasionally arrest a guilty person. But they ''never'' did. They ''always'' arrested an innocent person, and that person ''always'' hired Perry Mason, who ''always'' won the case...
-->--''Creator/DaveBarry
case..."''
-->-- ''Creator/DaveBarry
Turns 50'', regarding ''Franchise/PerryMason''
15th Jun '17 3:15:40 PM Chytus
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** In ''VisualNovel/TheEmptyTurnabout'', a fan-made case:
*** {{Subverted|Trope}} with [[spoiler:''Athena Cykes'' of all people, who actually killed ''Simon Blackquill'' but was acquitted by Apollo... even though he genuinely believed she was innocent]].
*** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] with Nathaniel Marston, the current case's defendant. He confessed to the crime, but Apollo believes that he didn't do it. [[spoiler:Fast forward to the end of the trial, and Marston is found guilty as he wanted. It's implied that he didn't really do it.]]

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** * In ''VisualNovel/TheEmptyTurnabout'', a fan-made ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' case:
*** ** {{Subverted|Trope}} with [[spoiler:''Athena Cykes'' of all people, who actually killed ''Simon Blackquill'' but was acquitted by Apollo... even though he genuinely believed she was innocent]].
*** ** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] with Nathaniel Marston, the current case's defendant. He confessed to the crime, but Apollo believes that he didn't do it. [[spoiler:Fast forward to the end of the trial, and Marston is found guilty as he wanted. It's implied that he didn't really do it.]]
15th Jun '17 12:52:14 PM Gosicrystal
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** In ''VisualNovel/TheEmptyTurnabout'', a fan-made case:
*** {{Subverted|Trope}} with [[spoiler:''Athena Cykes'' of all people, who actually killed ''Simon Blackquill'' but was acquitted by Apollo... even though he genuinely believed she was innocent]].
*** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] with Nathaniel Marston, the current case's defendant. He confessed to the crime, but Apollo believes that he didn't do it. [[spoiler:Fast forward to the end of the trial, and Marston is found guilty as he wanted. It's implied that he didn't really do it.]]
24th Apr '17 8:21:14 AM dmcreif
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** It's revealed as season 1 progresses that Matt and Foggy chose to start up their own firm with this trope as the intended goal, rather than take a lucrative job offer with [[AmoralAttorney Landman & Zack]].


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** It's revealed as season 1 progresses that Matt and Foggy chose to start up their own firm with this trope as the intended goal, rather than take a lucrative job offer with [[AmoralAttorney Landman & Zack]].

Zack]], which would have had them working for the sorts of people for whom lawyers are their way of making legal problems disappear.

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