Pop culture couldn't keep putting out there content about the U.S. official legal system unless the subject was marketable. And that it is.
We have enjoyed everything from "To Kill the Mocking Bird" to "The People v. O.J. Simpson" TV series.
Actually, there is so much interest that there has been room in the crowded digital marketplace for a niche media outlet such as Abovethelaw (ATL). It continues to grow.
On ATL, lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino reports that studying the law remains a career option. That's despite the loss of jobs in law firms since the 2007 Crash in the legal sector.
About half the prospective law students surveyed by Kaplan indicated they wanted the JD as the on-ramp leading to working in politics. That can wind up in the White House like expert in campaign finance law Don McGahn has. Here is that ATL coverage.
However, parallel to the official system of justice is the underground one.
Pop culture glorifies it. Classics range from "The Godfather" trilogy to the "John Wick" cult films. Throw in scifi as in "Doctor Strange" and the shelf life of that kind of pop culture content expands to infinity.
In real life, so many talk the language of the underground economy and its implications for underground justice or a fair deal.
My former significant other is training to be a commercial long-distance driver. From the get-go, the regulars told him he couldn't "keep two set of books."
Trucking regulations had tightened up so that drivers couldn't earn more income by driving lots of miles "off the books." So, those who have been around for a while explained how he could still pick up incremental income in other ways and ensure not being ensnared ub the official system.
Those coming of age in machine cities such as Jersey City, New Jersey or Chicago, Illinois, often only know how to survive via the underground.
You want your cousin from Poland to get a job. You see the parish priest who knows the powers that be downtown. For some favors and promised votes in the next election, the cousin is hanging on the back of a trash collector emptying garbage cans. But don't produce on the favors and there will be not only the loss of that job but broken car windshields and unplowed streets during wicked snow storms.
The trouble can start when the two systems intersect.
Those who told Kaplan they are going into politics do just that. They run on a Clean Sweep. Only they get swept into the Machine. Media headlines blare they are under federal and state investigation.
From the Jersey City Machine of the 1950s, I view the official system of justice as an abstraction. Fascinating but not quite real. Of course I pay my taxes and don't disturb the peace. But my fear - and the official system of law is supposed to be a deterrent - is on what could bite in the rear from the underground justice system. When I move to a new location I figure out fast who "owns" what parking places.
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