Topic: The Lightning Fast Fictional Justice System
I was going to add this to the DC post, but I think this is an interesting topic that probably has a ton more examples than I can think of.
But I'm watching a certain DC show and a certain character got himself intentionally arrested (there, I'm being vague enough not to have to put spoiler tags). And the whole thing is sorta played out in the cold open as a musical montage. Getting booked, going to trial, and getting shipped off to jail.
It's fine to move the plot along. But at the same time, events that were happening elsewhere seem to have *just* happened. This character was arrested, booked, went to trial, was convicted, and was sentenced in a few days? Maybe? Based on what's happening in other stories, it might've only been one day.
According to some very lazy research, from start to finish, the average time from crime to prison is six months. Even if you plead guilty (like this character did), it still takes a while to get in front of a judge. The definition of "speedy trial" seems to be about a month.
And I see this a lot. I'm sure it happens a lot in shows like Law and Order, but one show I watched over the summer was Oz. That was a show that tried to focus on the reality of live in prison, but they had death penalty cases that are tried and sentenced and carried out over the course of maybe a few weeks? It got to be pretty laughable as people are shuffled in and out of jail with essentially no time passing.
I get that shows like these don't want to sit around for weeks and months for the legal process to work itself out, but it seems like something that most shows are happy to fast-forward through unless that's essentially the whole point.
Anyone else have any examples of crazy-fast legal proceedings on TV?