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TV Review

By Rachel R. May

Raising the Bar

Mondays, 10/9c

Raising the Bar provides a generous helping of sensationalism and a disturbing dose of realism as it tells the tale of a lurid web of relationships among New York City public defenders, state attorneys, judicial clerks, and judges. The show is the latest creation of Emmy-winning producer Steven Bochco, whose past hits include NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, and Hill Street Blues. Unlike the many legal dramas that focus on convicting the guilty defendant, Raising the Bar is decidedly defense-oriented.

In the pilot episode, APD Jerry Kellerman is in the familiar position of explaining to a client why a plea deal with the government may be in his best interests. The prosecutor has offered to drop a rape charge, which carries the possibility of 25 years’ imprisonment, if the client pleads guilty to possessing a dangerous weapon (a pocketknife), a less serious charge. The client sums up the state’s offer, stating, “So I do time for something

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