Fans of The Wire know Bunk. Those fans who are legal minded may even remember, in the first scene of the first episode of Season 5, when Bunk masterfully interrogates a helpless suspect. I cannot imagine a better introduction to the Fifth Amendment materials in the Criminal Procedure course.But The Wire’s five seasons offer more than just helpful scenes. Rather, the show raises a diverse array of Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues that, I believe, can assist in teaching the Criminal Procedure course throughout the semester by keying all the course’s topics to The Wire. I proceed in this piece by offering (1) why The Wire makes for such a compelling pedagogical tool, (2) why a “one show” approach is superior to using sporadic clips from a variety of sources, and (3) then offering some concrete examples of how the clips are helpful on a class-by-class basis.
Gallini, B. (2014). HBO’s The Wire and Criminal Procedure: A Match Made in Heaven. Journal of Legal Education Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/lawpub/25