If you’re like me, you found yourself pleasantly surprised yet ultimately dismayed that the full season of the NBC show Aquarius was available to stream this weekend. (For the record, pleasantly surprised was because it’s a good show worth the watch, but ultimately dismayed since binge watching a season wasn’t on the to do list, and yet…) Any law students watching—and obviously lawyers too—certainly would’ve perked up because a certain important case kept getting name dropped in the first few episodes, though the show never actually followed through with the proper wording.
Unlike pretty much every other Supreme Court decision, Miranda v. Arizona has managed to infiltrate prime time in a big way. Tune in to a police procedural, any police procedural (but not those that jumped to the silver screen) and at some point in time, you’ll hear the familiar speech, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything said can and will be used against you in court of law. . . .” Set in 1967 Los Angeles, the characters in the first episode aren’t terribly familiar with that “new, uh, Miranda thing.” I’m sure I wasn’t the only one pulling a Monica during the following exchange in episode 1:
Hodiak: I can’t remember it [the Miranda warning] exactly.
Shafe: You know it?
Hodiak: Do you?
Shafe: I got the, uh, card they handed out.
Just goes to show, from Jay-Z lyrics to network prime time, Crim Pro is everywhere.