HBO's the Wire and Criminal Procedure: A Match Made in Heaven

64 J. Legal Educ. 114, August 2014

University of Arkansas Research Paper No. 14-34

4 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2014

See all articles by Brian Gallini

Brian Gallini

Willamette University - College of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2014

Abstract

Fans of The Wire know Bunk. Those fans who are legal minded may even remember, in the first scene of the first episode of Season 5, when Bunk masterfully interrogates a helpless suspect. I cannot imagine a better introduction to the Fifth Amendment materials in the Criminal Procedure course.

But The Wire’s five seasons offer more than just helpful scenes. Rather, the show raises a diverse array of Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues that, I believe, can assist in teaching the Criminal Procedure course throughout the semester by keying all the course’s topics to The Wire. I proceed in this piece by offering (1) why The Wire makes for such a compelling pedagogical tool, (2) why a “one show” approach is superior to using sporadic clips from a variety of sources, and (3) then offering some concrete examples of how the clips are helpful on a class-by-class basis.

Keywords: HBO, The Wire, Criminal Procedure

JEL Classification: K14, K19

Suggested Citation

Gallini, Brian, HBO's the Wire and Criminal Procedure: A Match Made in Heaven (August 1, 2014). 64 J. Legal Educ. 114, August 2014, University of Arkansas Research Paper No. 14-34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2496581

Brian Gallini (Contact Author)

Willamette University - College of Law ( email )

245 Winter St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
United States

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
115
Abstract Views
1,124
rank
274,602
PlumX Metrics