Tuesday, December 15, 2009

CBS copies "Law & Order," again

Back on October 11, IPBiz noted that the CBS show "Cold Case" had knocked off a plotline from Law & Order.
Oct. 11 "Cold Case" a knock-off of Law & Order SVU

In the December 15 episode of "The Good Wife," [titled Lifeguard]a judge (Baxter) channels juvenile offenders to Palgrave Academy. The motive may involve gambling debts of the judge to some bad guys. So, now, we have had (at least) three judges channeling juveniles to bad places for bad reasons, with CBS copying the NBC plotline twice.

Chief Justice Adler (who looks a bit like Hillary Clinton) acknowledges she shares responsibility for what Baxter did, but revokes a judgeship offer to Diane, who comes across as the "good lawyer" in this episode. After a comment about not causing ripples, Diane says to the CJ: You're filled with water metaphors. [The initial symbolism was about lifeguards and swimmers.]

keyword: Terence Ramsey, the juvenile who gets shafted

See Pennsylvania rocked by 'jailing kids for cash' scandal

See also 2 Pa. judges given partial immunity in civil suit :

Two former county judges accused of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send juveniles to private detention facilities are partially immune from civil lawsuits, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Friday [20 Nov 09].

The decision by U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo could make it harder for the people suing former Luzerne County judges Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. to collect damages.

Caputo said Ciavarella will avoid civil consequences for "the vast majority" of his conduct, because much of it occurred inside a courtroom, such as determination of delinquency and sentencing.


Blogger Tim said...

And both shows based that plot line on the real-life drama of Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. in Luzerne County, Pa.

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