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THE GOOD WIFE

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On nights when my husband wants to watch hockey or baseball and I do not, I pull out my Kindle Fire and watch episodes of The Good Wife. I get really comfy – spread out on the sofa, cushions under my head and knees, blanket over my legs, Kindle propped on top of a pillow on my mid-drift. Earbuds keep the big screen commentating from interrupting the soundtrack of my show – now this is wedded TV bliss – we’re still together, in the same room, he’s watching the big screen, which he loves, while I watch the teeny tiny one, which I love.

The episode I watched a couple of nights back (I’m still in Season 1) really got me thinking. The accused was faced with choosing between 45 years in prison should she get convicted of a murder she didn’t commit, or she could accept a plea deal of 10 years for a lesser crime (didn’t commit that one either). Just before the jury reached their verdict, the accused took the deal. I can’t get this out of my head. What would I have done? Given that the jury could have gone either way thanks to the evidence and testimony, would I accept a 10 year sentence for something I hadn’t done or would I risk the jury finding me guilty and having to serve 45 years? Talk about a rock and a hard place.
I don’t think I could take the deal – I DIDN’T DO IT!
BUT, 45 years in prison beats 10.
BUT, the jury could find me Not Guilty, then I wouldn’t have to do any time.

And then I got to thinking – what would my main character from my current WIP do? What choice would he make faced with this situation, and why? And are my feelings about what I’d do affecting his choice? This is something I have to remind myself when I’m writing – my character isn’t me. I have to put aside what I would do in the situations he faces. Not so easy.

Getting back to The Good Wife – I wouldn’t take the deal. I’d have to believe in my innocence and that the jury would find for me. I’d have faith.

How about you? Would you take the deal?

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kellyrfineman
May. 13th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
I am thankful not to have to decide!
angeladegroot
May. 18th, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a toughie.
boreal_owl
May. 13th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
I remember that episode. TGW is part of my must-watch Sunday tv viewing. (The other part being Mad Men.)

It would depend on how well I thought I'd do with the jury, but I would be strongly tempted to say, "No deal! I'm innocent, #$@& it!"
angeladegroot
May. 21st, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
Me too!
writerjenn
May. 14th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
Another factor: if you plead, then I don't think you can appeal. But if you go to trial and lose, then you can appeal.

Also, once you go to prison for a 10-year sentence (even if you get paroled earlier so it's not a full 10)--well, that's already going to be a life-changing and substantial amount of time behind bars. The deal would be more tempting if it were only, say, 2 years.

Of course it's horrifying for any innocent person ever to be in such a position!
angeladegroot
May. 21st, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
You said it.
anicalewis
May. 27th, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
Ooh, scary thought! I wouldn't take it. Even if I was found guilty, not only could I appeal, but more evidence might surface that cleared me, and I could be out a lot sooner.
angeladegroot
Jun. 6th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be able to take it either. Very scary thought!
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