Law and Order drinking game

| August 24, 2007

OK, I don’t drink (at least, not alcohol), but as a long-time fan of Law and Order, I found this proposed drinking game both funny and dead-on. Example:

The Defense serves Jack or Cute Assistant DA with a Motion to Dismiss – Another very common one. Honestly, I’m a little shocked if I don’t see this one at least once per episode. These usually follow the granting of a Motion to Suppress (which generally cripples their case until Jack masterminds a so-crazy-it-just-might-work counter-attack).

I added some of my own suggestions in the comments section for that post [which seems to have vanished]; here’s what I copied here:

  • The cute assistant DA threatens a reluctant witness with prosecution if s/he doesn’t come forward to testify. Note that this usually only happens after a successful motion-to-suppress.
  • The key witness changes his/her testimony while on the stand in court. If there’s more than 5 minutes left in the show, the change in testimony hurts the DA’s case; if there’s less than 5 minutes in the show, the change helps the DA’s case.
  • J. K. Simmons does a psych eval on someone claiming to be mentally incompetent and says, in effect, “Yeah, he’s faking it, and I can testify to that, but I can’t really prove it.”
  • B. D. Wong (on SVU) conducts (or orchestrates) an interview with a suspected sexual offender and gets him/her to blurt out some incriminating statement (or attack someone).
  • The judge at the bail hearing makes a quip or sarcastic comment just before setting (or denying) bail.
  • If a cop (retired or active), a judge, or a politician is somehow associated with the case itself, s/he turns out to be crooked or corrupt.
  • A black NYC councilman is outraged over the arrest of a black suspect; a second drink if that suspect then turns out to have an alibi and is set free; a third drink if a subsequent “unlawful arrest” lawsuit is filed.
  • The victim(s) and/or initial suspect(s) are Asian, and Asian gang activity is immediately suspected.

Hat tip, believe it or not, to the Journal of the American Bar Association. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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