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Criminal Procedure

Pace Law Faculty Publications

1989

Criminal Law and Procedure

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The Thin Blue Line: Art Or Trial In The Fact-Finding Process?, Bennett L. Gershman Jan 1989

The Thin Blue Line: Art Or Trial In The Fact-Finding Process?, Bennett L. Gershman

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Part I of this Commentary objectively analyzes The Thin Blue Line, focusing on the film’s monologues, dramatizations, and exhibits. The film's organizational structure roughly parallels the stages of the criminal justice process, from the investigation and arrest of Adams to his trial, conviction, sentence, and post-conviction litigation. The prologue and epilogue unify the story. Part II attempts to explain the bizarre judicial result, focusing on the prosecutor's dominant role in the criminal justice process. It concludes, as does the film, that one of the fundamental features of our legal system - the intrinsic ability of the adversary process ...