'Justice' Is Served
July 25, 2006 1:56 PM
Jonathan Shapiro, the executive producer of the Fox legal drama “Justice,” is happy his new show about a dream team of elite defense attorneys will balance out the proliferation of prosecutors currently on network TV.“Everybody hates lawyers, but they love their lawyer,” Shapiro said Tuesday morning at his Press Tour session. “I have such admiration and love for the defense lawyer.”Shapiro, an attorney himself, also pointed out that a recent American Film Institute survey showed moviegoers picked “To Kill a Mockingbird’s” Atticus Finch as their favorite lawyer of all time.
In the “Justice” pilot, the producers chose a conclusion that let viewers know that the defendant, who ultimately gets off, was indeed innocent. One critic wanted to know if they specifically chose an innocent defendant for the first episode, because if a guilty person got off it might be too big of a jolt for the initial audience.
A guilty defendant getting off was considered, Shapiro said, but “that would have worked well, too.”
But guilt and innocence isn’t the issue.
“Our lawyers don’t know and they don’t care, because in our system they can’t care,” he said.