Medlin Law Firm - September 2019

‘Anatomy of a Murder’ (1959) Not only is this courtroom drama often praised as one of the best of its genre, but it also features James Stewart as the leading character. Plus, the score was composed by jazz legend Duke Ellington. It was controversial in its time for being the first movie to mention “panties.” Between an entertaining cast and very compelling courtroom scenes, you’ll find yourself laughing out loud to the energetic humor behind this 60-year-old movie.

Legal dramas aren’t only the product of our fascination with the courtroom— they also exist because we’re drawn to human nature and understanding how ordinary people determine justice in our American democracy. “Presumed Innocent” by Scott Turow is an incredible legal thriller novel, but there are many amazing courtroom narratives on the big screen, as well. If you’re interested in the conversations people have behind closed doors in the legal system, you’ll appreciate these picks. ‘12 Angry Men’ (1957) What happens when 12 ordinary people have to decide whether or not a young boy who is accused of killing his father lives or dies? That’s the type of question our legal system asks every day. “12 Angry Men” features a long conversation between 12 jury members and, while it isn’t an adrenaline- rush of a movie, it’s exciting to see the findings and revelations they make. It’s a movie that has aged gracefully in our times, as many of the characters and their perspectives are very relatable. They outwardly address prejudice and what it means to convict someone based on evidence that goes beyond “reasonable doubt.” HAVE YOU SEEN THESE CLASSIC LEGAL DRAMAS? Change Up Your Weekend With a Vintage Movie

‘The Verdict’ (1982) Directed by the same director (Sidney Lumet) as “12 Angry Men,” you’ll find that the storytelling and involvement of the human psyche is just as important and prevalent in “The Verdict,” although it certainly doesn’t stay in one jury room. An alcoholic lawyer, Frank Galvin (Paul Newman), picks up a medical malpractice case that just might save his practice and, in a deeper sense, himself.

Escape into a completely different time with these classics. We hope you will get a chance to watch them this month!

Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Who says a loaded potato has to clog your arteries? In this healthy version that serves four, a sweet potato base is topped with fiber-rich bean salsa.



4 medium sweet potatoes

1 tsp coriander

1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup sour cream

2 medium tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin


1. With a fork, prick each sweet potato a few times. Microwave the potatoes on high 12–15 minutes, or until cooked through.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, olive oil, cumin, coriander, and salt. When the potatoes are done, microwave the mixture on high for 2–3 minutes. 3. Cool potatoes slightly, then cut each potato open lengthwise. Pull the halves apart to create space to spoon the warm bean salsa inside.

4. Add a scoop of sour cream to each potato, garnish with cilantro, and serve! | Pg. 3

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