The First 48
This is a good show to watch and learn from because:
1. It shows you how they investigate a crime
2. Shows you how stupid BGs are
A lot of the time the BG comes in for an interview, never asks for a lawyer and spills his guts. Most of the time the cops having nothing on him and the only chance they have for a case is a confession.
It shows how the cops act like they are your best friend and someone you can trust to talk to. When they are actually getting something to use against you.
When I watch that show it reminds me of the tactics cops are willing to use against you to close the case.
A few weeks ago they had a case of someone who shot and killed in self defense. Lucky for him the barber shop had it on video and they could see he was right.
I'm not for the BG trying to get away with something. It just makes you think of what we can all expect what will happen in a totally self defense situation that will need to be investigated.
It puts in prespective the importance of shutting up and asking for a lawyer. No matter how innocent you think you are.
From the moment you decide to draw your gun and shoot and everthing you do after that, can and will be used against you.
Great show and I watch it all the time! Most perps are idiots and talk themselves into jail!
I watch it whenever I can. Good show.
Actually show what a lot of investigation is like.
Oh, God, guys, don't get me started.
My line of work is defending people like that and what you guys say is absolutely right: once the idiot sets his mouth to "talk" mode, the game is pretty much over.
You'd think it wouldn't matter much when the guy is guilty (most are) and when the Government can easily prove it (it usually can), and the guy is going to plead guilty anyway (most do).
But you lose every bit of negotiating leverage you have as far as a better sentence, lesser charge, etc. when they get diarrhea of the mouth.
Ugh. No, you don't have to be a genius to be a criminal. In fact, the smarter you are, the better the odds are that you won't be or aren't a criminal.
Just one more reason why we say in the biz: "You have the right to remain silent. USE it."
This should be a mantra...."Use It"
Originally Posted by randytulsa2
Good post, Randy. Good to hear an attorney!
Another good example along these lines is the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. It follows the Baltimore PD homicide unit over the course of a year (1987 IIRC), and was the basis for the TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street". It's got many examples of how cops rely on confessions, the tactics they use to get them, and how stupid a lot of criminals are.
Originally Posted by Maverick7340
It is a good TV show, overall. It is rather amusing how often the perp talks themselves into trouble. I like what randytulsa2 said. It is so true.
Keep in mind that it is a TV show. Everything is not shown.
With that said, I like the show too.
Yea! Great show!
There is a point in every episode that either I or my fiancee would say, "NO! DON'T SAY ANYTHING! ASK FOR AN ATTORNEY!"
They rarely listen.
I've watched "The First 48", and I agree with what most people here have to say about it. It's pretty good. I also watch some of the other TRUE crime shows...A&E has a couple ("American Justice") and so does Court TV ("Cold Case Files").
You'd think I'd be sick of the stuff after rolling in it every day at work, but I'm really not. The shows, IMHO, usually present a pretty good (though often severely truncated) picture of the case.
I even knew one of the lawyers who represented the murderer (and one of the homicide detectives) on one of the shows once as it featured a (really awful) murder in Tulsa. The murderer's name was Garrison and he really did some bad, bad stuff.
When the camera flashed to some of the downtown buildings, I recognized them all.
Anyway, the shows I DO NOT like and CANNOT STAND are those !@#$#@$% @#$$@#$%$ @#$%#@$ "CSI" shows.
My wife loves them, and she watches them all. The one set in NY, the one set in Miami (where the detectives drive a department-issued Hummer...yeah, right, you LEO's out there tell us how real THAT is), the one set in Vegas.
Folks, I am here to tell you those shows are (if you are looking for how things really work) ABSOLUTE SHULL - - BITT. Nothing happens as fast they make it out and no LE agency has all the stuff at their fingertips (or the expertise to utilize it) like they depict on those shows. LE labs are usually badly underfunded and overworked. They just don't produce stunning miracles every hour on the hour. They can't.
Lab stuff for defendants (except really rich ones) is usually even far worse than that.
I can't even be in the same room when those shows are on for more than five minutes.
Ugh. Rant off. Soap box down.
Thanks for listening (or not).
LOL, Randy! I cant stand CSI! If I had a dollar for everytime someone tells me "we'll they did this on CSI, why wont you do it to find who TP'd my house?" (Or insert any other minor crime that you want.)
I would retire, and live happily ever after like a king.
Now I'm Disappointed...
You mean to tell me that when the 'CSI Folks' found that peanut shell, and analyzed it...were able to tell from the shell, the field it was grown in...the company who processed it...the store who sold the peanuts (with the day and date of purchase)...and the video of the BG buying those exact peanuts...they can't do this?:confused:
Originally Posted by randytulsa2
Now I'm disappointed...:tired:
Thanks for the update...now my CSI bubble has burst!:dead:
I love "The First 48" on A&E and I watch it every week and anytime I happen across a rerun. Heck, if there is nothing else on I will get a couple on the A&E on demand channel to watch while I am on the Nordic Track at night.
I like it for the same reasons you guys do but I also have a reason that you guys may not have for really enjoying the show. I get to see so much of the town that I live near almost every week on the show. Has anyone else noticed that it is a rare week that goes by where one of the murder investigations followed ISN'T in Memphis? I think the First 48 crew has their own office at the Shelby County Justice Center at 201 Poplar!
Heck, on the one that was on last Thursday, where the guy beat and dragged the woman from his Dodge minivan, when they towed his van I saw in the shot in the background the lighted sign of an electronics supply store that I have to go to all the time to pick up parts and supplies for work. So I knew right where they were.
Memphis seems to keep the production staff of that show busy as far as murders go.