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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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What You See on TV Isn’t Always What You Get

Most people who watch any TV in the United States are familiar with trials. You’ll see them on situation comedies, in reality shows, and in dramas. Because trials are based on conflict, they make good watching. The trials on TV, though, are dramatized quite a bit to make good watching great. For example, the slow parts of a trial, like repeating the same question over and over for a witness who doesn’t understand what he’s been asked, get left out.
Then too, there are techniques used on TV and in movies that really don’t happen in real life. On TV it’s not unusual to see an attorney stay seated while snarling “Objection!” to show how comfortable (or disdainful) he is. On TV female lawyers wear micro-mini ...

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