Perceptions of the law

There is a little bit of a misstep here I think with storyline continuity in having Michelle have such faith in the system during her trial for Ben Warren’s murder. While, it does hearken back to the pre-get together for real scenes of when Michelle finds Danny at the lighthouse and the “You Know Why Scenes” overall, it white washes her past experiences. I don’t think Michelle would have had such blind faith. Let’s review.  She was friends with Roger Thorpe growing up, a man who constantly detailed the inadequacies of the legal system. She had learned first hand the drawbacks and inequality of the system with her dealings with Jesse Blue and the law. She had learned someone innocent could still go to jail like her sister-in-law Abby Blume Bauer. Even Phillip Spaulding and her brother Rick Bauer’s experiences with the law should have made her weary of being so trusting in the system, but she seems to be seeing the system as Ross and Frank and since she trusts them, she trusts it.

Danny on the other hand, even though the law had reason enough to distrust the law grew up in a situation where he viewed the legal system as a rigged game. The police, DAs, and to some extent the judges were on the opposing side and the whole thing was a game that you set out to win. He was use to having altercations with police and having to call in the family lawyer to straighten things out. However, when it’s Michelle’s life on the line his blase attitude disappears. He’s desperate to protect her and none of the normal things are working.

Later they come to a kind of compromise on this. Michelle’s experience with both her own and later with Danny’s murder trials teach her that the legal system isn’t always fair and that protecting Danny and their family is more important than legal niceties (something she should have learned years before).  Danny comes around to her way of thinking that despite everything Frank and Harley really ARE their friends even if they are cops and you can turn to them. In fact, Frank ,who first develops a connection with Danny during Michelle’s trial, ultimately becomes one of Danny’s best non-related by blood or marriage friends and one of the first people he tends to call for back up.

This dichotomy allows for some growth on each of their parts during the marriage, which is nice. I think the attitude Michelle shows before this incident and afterward is more in keeping that her primary concern with Danny breaking the law is the danger it puts him and later their children in danger rather than moral qualms is more in character for Michelle.

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2 Responses to “Perceptions of the law”

  1. Michelle’s Trial Day 3 Feb 3-7 2000 « Glmanny's Blog Says:

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  2. glmanny Says:

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