So you’ve been arrested for murder. You may or may not have committed the crime. You have the option to choose any fictional lawyer to defend you. Who would you choose?
I considered Eugene Young from The Practice. He’s passionate, serious, and forceful, and can Plan B (accuse someone else on the stand to create doubt) in a very convincing manner.
Then there are Perry Mason and Ben Matlock, whose share the distinction of only having lost one case each in their respective careers, and routinely get the real killer to confess on the stand. The problem here is, what if I’m guilty? Or what if the real killer doesn’t take the stand to be tricked into confessing? Eugene is just as passionate about defending the guilty as the innocent, and can make innocent witnesses look guilty. Nah, Mason and Matlock are out.
How about Victor Sifuenes or Michael Kuzak LA Law? Nah, too involved in office politics and jumping into and out of bed with the same women. They’d be too distracted.
The bald guy from Murder One? He had prepared a large bribe for an appeals court judge just in case he lost, a big plus in my book. I’ll keep him on backup.
John Cage looks good, and his goofy charm might throw off the jury, but he doesn’t have enough murder trial experience.
I think I’ll have to go with Douglas Wambaugh (Picket Fences). His clients are pretty much always guilty, and he almost always gets them off. He managed to get a drug dealer who videotaped himself machine gunning two cops aquitted on self-defense, and didn’t hesitate to attack the credibility of the Pope as a witness. This is the man I want defending me, especially if I’m guilty. But I’ll keep Young as a backup.