The Law Is A Ass #436: Is Green Arrow Not Guilty By Reason Of Inanity?

Bob Ingersoll

By day Bob Ingersoll was an attorney in the Cuyahoga County Public Defender Office, Appellate Division in Cleveland, Ohio, until he retired in 2009. But in the “Real World” he has also been a freelance writer since 1975, when he sold his first comic-book story to the late, lamented Charlton Comics. He’s still at it and, in addition to his long-running column “The Law Is a Ass” has sold stories to DC, Marvel, Innovation, Now Comics, Comico, Kitchen Sink and others; as well as co-authoring the novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. Bob is married with children, which is about as close to Al Bundy as he cares to get.

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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    So basically I did the good thing in bailing (haha court joke) on this show on the episode that Oliver and Diggle had a fist fight over dumb shit for the umteenth time?

    • Bob Ingersoll says:

      I’ll have to leave that up to you to decide.

      My biggest problem with ARROW — and WITH many of the other CW/DC shows — is the writers operate under the philosophy of, “Bad decisions make good stories.” But they’re wrong.

      “SOME bad decisions CAN make good stories. ” However nothing but bad decisions makes frustrating and boring TV. When the people you’re supposed to be rooting for do nothing all season but make one bad decision after another; and especially when they make the SAME bad decision repeatedly, “Okay, from now on no more secrets,” means cue the secret countdown — you forget why you’re rooting for them. And come dangerously close to throwing things at an expensive side-screen TV.

  2. Tom A. says:

    Enjoyed the last few weeks of columns. I haven’t even been watching the recent episodes of Arrow, but your recaps and the way you point out the typical ways TV gets everything about the law wrong for the sake of cheap drama are just so entertaining.
    I don’t know if you take recommendations, but if you do, you should check out Batman #51-53 by Tom King, a 3-part story in which Bruce Wayne is on the Jury of a trial for Mr.Freeze, a case in which Batman was involved, and it turns out that Bruce is actually trying to convince the rest of the jury that Batman was wrong and Mr. Freeze is not guilty of the crime he is being accused of this time. It presents a LOT of legal and ethical problems that are ideal for you to cover.

    • Bob Ingersoll says:

      Those comics are in my To Do pile. I’m waiting for the story to end, so i’ll know how to approach the story. (Oh and I also have to write about several other comics in my To Do pile before I get to it.