When You Can’t Find a Law to Fit the Facts, Find Some Facts to Fit the Law
by Norman Berdichevsky (April 2016)
Although now sixty years old, the film “Trial” based on Don M. Mankiewicz’s Harper’s prize winning novel is still contemporary. It stars Glenn Ford as a dedicated idealistic law professor, seeking justice for a young Mexican-American boy, the 17 year old Angel Chavez, and his alleged victim, Marie Wilson, a 16 year old white girl. more>>>
Excellent review! I sent it to my youngest son who is interested in law and journalism and about to enter the indoctrination system of higher education, probably at Columbia. I pray he gets to learn from a teacher as wise as Berdichevsky. Were I enrolled at UCF I would certainly take one of his courses. Dr. Berdichevsky truly "gets it," as the say. The dynamic at work in the movie has seeped into the fabric of our civilization, giving rise to Black Lives Matter, the refugee crisis, and even anthropomorphic global warming, whose "deniers" are being threatened with legal action.
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