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NCIS is a wildly popular TV show that I end up listening to at home.  I have documented earlier on this blog my concerns about the cavalier treatment on NCIS and its spinoffs, especially NCIS/LA, of suspects, especially terror suspects, as educating the people that a police state is not so bad.  (Hollywood who would NEVER let someone, especially (GASP!) a teenager light up a cigarette, regularly allows and encourages trampling on our rights as Americans!)

Last Tuesday (watched Wednesday actually) the suspect, charged with something like “treason” (They throw the T-word pretty regularly on NCIS) who loudly demanded his right to an attorney, was actually given an attorney:  A pretend attorney – an attractive female agent on loan from NSA, of all places!  She came in they talked, a plea “deal” was worked out and they got their information!

Let me make it clear:  If I were a Federal judge (Lord have mercy!) I would suppress the evidence and all derivative evidence and place Gibbs and the NSA agent in JAIL for COMTEMPT!

This is on top of the possible event a week or two ago where an attorney (another attractive woman by the way), who had previously worked for lead agent Jethro Gibbs, discovered confidential information that her client could not have committed a hit and run in one section of the DC metro area because he was commiting a murder in another section of the area!  It was speculated that the attorney actually ratted out her client and that is implied at the end by the attorney and Gibbs meeting for dinner and having a furtive discussion of the matter.

Hollywood MUST do something about the casual acceptance of the denial of rights on TV shows.  It may well have been TV that saved Miranda from statutory attack when the Supreme Court decided Dickinson v. United States.  TV needs to uphold rights.  I am not calling for censorship but I am calling for discretion.

Finally, in that NCIS, there was a debate between the attractive NSA agent and the NCIS forensic scientist (Abby, a goth girl who loves caffeine and is super intelligent!) about NSA spying.  No we do not indiscriminately monitor calls and yes we have to get a court order!  Thankfully the NCIS scientist wasn’t buying and I didn’t either – but I had to ask:  Who wrote those lines?  Eric Holder?  TV should not be used for minidebates on critical issues.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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