Real Lawyer Reacts to Game of Thrones: Trial of Tyrion Lannister

Real Lawyer Reacts to Game of Thrones: Trial of Tyrion Lannister

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– Thanks to Curiosity Stream for keeping LegalEagle in the air. (sword clangs)
– I wish had enough poison for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life
to watch you all swallow it. – I haven’t seen that in court, but generally, that’s
not a great strategy. (cheerful music) Hey Legal Eagles, it’s time
to think like a lawyer. Today we are covering the trial of Tyrion from Game of Thrones. Like a lot of you out there, I am waiting for the series finale. But in the meantime,
let’s take a look back at one of the more famous repercussions of the Purple Wedding, which is the trial of Tyrion Lannister, who is framed for the murder of King Joffrey. (Joffrey gasps) – He’s choking! – It’s been a long time
since I’ve seen this, so I’ll be looking at it with fresh eyes, but it’ll be interesting to see how realistic the trial scene is compared to American modern jurisprudence. As always, leave your comments in the form of an objection, which I will
either sustain or overrule, and stick around until
the end of the video, where I give Game of Thrones
a grade for legal realism. So, without further ado, let’s dig in to the trial of Tyrion Lannister. So, here Tyrion is being held in captivity by the equivalent of the
police in King’s Landing. To recap, King Joffrey was
killed on his wedding day by some sort of gruesome poison, and because of many of the
statements that Tyrion made to and about the king, he is being accused of actually killing King Joffrey, which, of course, is not in fact true. Nonetheless, he’s being held in captivity and is being accused of
the crime of regicide. All right, the sort of Game of Thrones equivalent of the perp walk,
being walked into court. – [Man] King slayer! – So, this is a pretty unusual court. All of the people in the audience, generally called the
gallery, almost always you have it being perpendicular to the actual place where the judge sits. Here, you have these long rows going toward where the
judge is going to sit. This doesn’t make a whole
lot of sense as a courtroom. Obviously, this is a
great hall where usually official business is conducted. But this doesn’t make a whole
lotta sense as a courtroom. Generally speaking, the accused don’t have to wear handcuffs when they’re in court, unless there is some known reason why they have to be restrained, like they are known to
have outbursts in court or they jump across council table and try and attack the
judge, the prosecutor, which has been known to happen. But otherwise, for obvious reasons, you don’t want to poison
the mind of the jury and see this person as some sort of animal that has to be chained up. You want them to get a fair hearing. So generally, criminal defendants are not locked up when they’re in court. You would generally rise when
the judge arrives as well. – I, Tommen of the House Baratheon, First of My Name, King of
the Andals and the First Men and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, do hereby recuse myself from this trial. Tywin of the House
Lannister, Hand of the King and Protector of the Realm,
will sit as judge in my stead. – So, in the US, you have
a constitutional right to a jury trial, and that jury must be made up of your peers. Now, query in the sort of royal house who would be the peers that would sit in judgment over a nobleman
like Tyrion Lannister. But you can also see that it
is a clear conflict of interest for one of the three
members of the panel or jury that’s going to decide your fate to be a member of your own house. Here you can imagine
prejudice going both ways. There could be prejudice
because his father may want him to face execution because of how much he loved
Joffrey, his grandchild. Or you could imagine that
he could get leniency because he’s a member of the same family. – Tyrion of the House Lannister, you stand accused by the
queen regent of regicide. Did you kill King Joffrey? – No. – Did your wife, the Lady Sansa? – Not that I know of. – That’s a fair response. He may not know whether his
wife committed homicide or not. You would have to ask her. So that would be speculation for him to talk about whether his
wife killed King Joffrey. – How would you say he died, then? – Choked on his pigeon pie. – So you would blame the bakers? – Or the pigeons. Just leave me out of it. – I should note here
that there are already several problems from an
American law perspective. Number one, if this was in America, Tyrion would be given the right against self-incrimination
under the Fifth Amendment, which would allow him
to not have to testify against himself in a criminal proceeding. And already, the adjudicator
has asked him several questions that could be incriminating
towards his defense, and he would have the
right not to take the stand and not to have to answer those questions. But I don’t get the sense that Tyrion could have avoided those
questions if he wanted to. Additionally, Tyrion would
have a Sixth Amendment right to an attorney being present
throughout this entire ordeal because we don’t expect
members of the public to be able to defend
themselves in a court of law without the help of an
advocate like a lawyer. And here, he has no attorney
to act as an intermediary, and he makes these statements
that are somewhat inflammatory and could get him into trouble. – The crown may call its first witness. – Once we got King Joffrey safely away from the mob, the Imp rounded on him. He slapped the king across the face and called him a vicious idiot and a fool. (audience gasps) It wasn’t the first time
the Imp threatened Joffrey. Right here in this throne room, he marched up those steps and
called our king a halfwit, compared His Grace to the Mad King and suggested he’d meet the same fate. When I spoke in the king’s defense, he threatened to have me killed. – Okay, so you might assume
that these statements by Tyrion qualify as hearsay and therefore can’t be used against
Tyrion in a court of law. However, it’s important to know that hearsay is an
out-of-court statement used for the truth of the matter asserted. They are trying to
establish that he actually said these things and had a
motive to kill King Joffrey. So that is sort of the truth
of the statement at issue, that he thought the king was
a vicious idiot and a fool. So the question is, can
those statements come in? Well, one of the exceptions
to the hearsay rule is generally the admission
by a party opponent or a party admission
exception to the hearsay rule. And under that rule, you
are allowed to use hearsay statements where the statement
is ostensibly made by a party to the litigation or
a party, in this case, to the criminal proceeding,
and is adverse to that party. And here they are using
a statement of Tyrion’s, who is a party to the litigation. He is the defendant, and it
is adverse to his interests. So that statement is allowed to come in. Generally, the admission
by a party exception exists because you can
cross-examine the declarant because they’re a party
to the proceedings. The big problem, at least historically, with hearsay is that it’s
an out-of-court statement where you could not
cross-examine the declarant. But where the declarant is available, you are allowed to bring in their out-of-court statements
through other witnesses. So in this particular case,
I think the party admission exception would apply,
and they would be able to use Tyrion’s statements
against him in this proceeding. – Oh, why don’t you tell
them what Joffrey was doing? – Silence!
– Pointing a loaded crossbow at Sansa Stark while you tore
at her clothes and beat her. – Silence! – That would probably be
another constitutional violation in the United States. Tyrion has a right to
confront his accusers. And although he’s probably not allowed to do it during the direct
examination of the witness, eventually he would have the right to cross-examine the person who
was making these statements, especially when that person
is relaying statements that Tyrion supposedly made out of court. So for him to be shut down entirely and not be able to face his accusers and the witnesses against him would be a clear US constitutional violation. The confrontation clause
to the Sixth Amendment states that in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to be confronted with the
witnesses against him. And here Tyrion does not have the right to confront the witnesses
against him, and that would be a clear constitutional violation
in this criminal trial. – This was found on the body of Dontos Hollard, the king’s fool. He was last seen spiriting Sansa Stark, the wife of the accused,
away from the feast. She wore this necklace
the day of the wedding. Residue of the most rare and terrible poison was found inside. – Was this one of the poisons
stolen from your store? – It was the strangler, (audience gasps) a poison few in the Seven Kingdoms possess and used to strike down
the most noble child the gods ever put on this good Earth. – Yes, King Joffrey, what a good guy. Such a shame that he
perished in his youth. Of course, this is completely
improper character evidence, which is prejudicial against the accused in this particular case. But that is why character evidence should not be used in
a criminal proceeding. Putting aside the problems
with the Grand Maester’s expert opinion here, in
any criminal proceeding, you have to show what’s
called the chain of custody of any particular piece of evidence. Because the police will
gather the evidence, and then you need to show what happens to that evidence from every
step, from being gathered to being stored to
being produced in court, because all kinds of things can go wrong, especially when you’re dealing with DNA evidence or fingerprint evidence. And here, the Grand Maester has apparently just picked up this random bracelet. He then stuffed it into his shirt pocket or the sleeve of his shirt and just withdrew it at the trial itself. If I was a criminal
defendant, I would really want to know what happened and
who possessed this necklace or this bracelet throughout
the entire course of its existence so that I could show that it hadn’t been tampered with. If the Grand Maester, for example, had an ax to grind against the defendant, which he clearly does
here, he could’ve taken the bracelet and added
a drop of the poison that he is accused of using
against Joffrey the King here. So there’s all kinds of
reasons that in modern-day jurisprudence you have
to show chain of custody. And if I was able to
cross-examine this Grand Maester, I think I could really
do a world of damage showing his, number one,
bias, and number two, that the chain of custody of effectively the murder weapon is really
questionable at best. – [Tywin] Do you remember the
precise nature of this threat? – I’m afraid I do, my lord. He said, “Perhaps you should
speak more softly to me, then. “Monsters are dangerous, and just now “kings are dying like flies.” – [Tywin] And he said this to you at a meeting of the small council? – Yes, after we received
word of Robb Stark’s death. He didn’t seem gladdened by the news. Perhaps his marriage to Sansa Stark had made him more sympathetic
to the northern cause. (audience gasps and groans) – While the latter
portion of that testimony is clearly speculation,
he’s speculating about the frame of mind that Tyrion had when he received the news
of Robb Stark’s death, the prior statements of Tyrion
at the small council meeting, again, probably come in
under the party admission exception to the hearsay rule. – Father, may I ask the
witness one question? – One. – Finally Tyrion gets to
confront one of his accusers. Geez, this is clearly a
Sixth Amendment violation. And on top of it, no judge in the world would ever limit a criminal defendant facing life imprisonment or execution to one single question
on cross-examination. This is an abomination
of a criminal trial, at least as it accords with the US modern standards of jurisprudence. It’s not good to be a criminal defendant in 15th century England, or
the equivalent in Westeros. – I did not kill Joffrey,
but I wish that I had. Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than
a thousand lying whores. (dramatic orchestral music)
(audience jeers) I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison
for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life
to watch you all swallow it. – I haven’t seen that in court, but generally that’s not a great strategy. Not a great defense strategy to insult the entire gallery and the
entire jury at the same time and suggest that although you didn’t kill the victim, you wish you had. – I will not give my life
for Joffrey’s murder, and I know I’ll get no justice here. So I will let the gods decide my fate. (suspenseful orchestral music) I demand a trial by combat. – I assume you’d have to
make some sort of motion with a court and you can’t
just request a trial by combat when the trial is not going
particularly well for you. That being said, trial
by combat is a real thing that actually existed in
the 15th century in England. But it also existed well into the 20th century in many places. And in fact, some of the last instances of trial by combat existed
in the 1960s in France. So it is not crazy for a criminal defendant to request trial by combat. Probably not a great move by Tyrion, because I think generally speaking, real-life trial by combat required the actual accused to be
the one doing the combat. But trial by combat was never an option in the United States, so not realistic from a US perspective. (playful music) Okay, that was the trial
of Tyrion Lannister from season four of Game of Thrones. Now it’s time to give this episode a grade for legal realism. (gavel bangs) On the one hand, you have
evidence that is certainly probative of someone
actually committing regicide in killing the king through poison. You have some hearsay statements that are likely to come in under the exception to the hearsay rule, so that evidence probably would’ve been able to be used in this particular trial. On the other hand, you have tons of constitutional violations,
including the violation of the right against self-incrimination, the violation of being able
to confront your accused, and the violation of having an attorney present during a criminal proceeding. All in all, Tyrion did
not get a fair trial and the deck was stacked against him in a way that hopefully does
not exist in modern US law. So I’m giving the trial
of Tyrion Lannister a D-minus for accuracy. This episode should be killed by poison, preferably the strangler. – I found it surprisingly beautiful in a brutal, horribly
uncomfortable sort of way. – Did you know that much of what happens in Game of Thrones is actually
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100 thoughts on “Real Lawyer Reacts to Game of Thrones: Trial of Tyrion Lannister

  • LegalEagle Post author

    Seriously check out the The Real War of The Thrones on CuriousityStream at https://curiositystream.com/legaleagle it's awesome (plus it helps out the channel)

  • paris star Post author

    I reject, a duel is a version of a trial by combat.

  • Robert Pippin Post author

    Would not trial by combat be cruel and unusual?

  • I Scheele Post author

    The gallery was probably set up that way to make it look more oppressive, like everyone's staring and looming over Tyrion.

  • Ninjabear Press Post author

    Talk about a kangaroo court—but then I'd prefer a trial by combat than the debate club I'm stuck with in your so-called justice system.

  • Ryan Logan Post author

    Maybe inspired by your legal analysis, CERTAINLY inspired by GoT, someone in America has indeed filed a motion for trial by combat. (Link to Loweringthebar.net) https://loweringthebar.net/2015/08/game-of-thrones-fan-demands-trial-by-combat.html

  • Jerry Farmer Post author

    LE, would love to see a reaction on the recent Oberlin College / Gibsons' bakery lawsuit, not so much on whether verdict was correct but on the legal strategy employed by either side in the case, or why the Oberlin strategy failed.

  • Robbie G Post author

    Comparing modern day US trial procedure to a fictional medieval trial procedure isn't like comparing apples to oranges, but more like comparing apples to fish. That said, this was a FANTASTIC comparison to make and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to make this. 🙂

  • NGUYEN LE Post author

    “This is a miscarriage of justice.”

    I think that’s called corruption.

  • Threadnaught Post author

    No crimes were committed during the trial. White/men's rights are nothing.

  • Papa Dragon78 Post author

    Just found your channel…. So fresh and addicting to watch you breakdown the movies. Been watching them back to back.
    May I request you breakdown Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd movie please? Be very interesting to see your take on it!
    Thank you again for the awesome awesome channel!

  • RowdySailboat Post author

    Accuracy grade hardly seems applicable given how different the setting is intentionally made.

  • Richard Murray AALBC assist Post author

    have you ever read the accursed kings from maurice druon?

  • mal doran Post author

    Hi LegalEagle!
    Check out the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Episode S4:E22 – Crime & Punishment!

  • Channing Hansen Post author

    Do I need a law degree to be a Legal Eagle

  • Joseph White Post author

    please do a video about sovereign citizens

  • Battle Hallam Post author

    Isn't game of thrones based in England so aren't most of your points invalid but overall I respect your work and dedication in your profession

  • raakone Post author

    The last "trial by combat" in England was in the 1800s. A man (allegedly) killed a woman, woman's brother confronted him, the accused challenged him to a duel. The brother of the victim just went through normal legal channels at the time, the accused showed up at his designated duelling spot, in full regalia, and said he "won by default." He was arrested and brought to trial, but argued that he had this right. Turns out the Parliament never outlawed the outdated custom. The next year they "plugged the hole", but because one can't be tried twice for the same offense, he effectively "got away with murder"

  • Holden Post author

    Please do the Exorcism of Emily Rose. It's embarrassing to say, but the courtroom scenes in that film influenced my decision to go to law school. Watching it today, it's actually pretty hilarious from a legal perspective and I'd love to get your take on it.

  • nafsiammara Post author

    The way they're sitting is going to annoy me now forever.

  • Doug E Post author

    please do one of these on the movie Philadelphia. thank you

  • fish4198 Post author

    All these people complaining that it's not fair to compare the Westeros justice system to American seemed to have missed the point. It's not about making some kind of judgement that the trial should have reflected the American system, it's about looking at this trial and seeing what the violations would be had it happened in a modern courtroom. Thus giving the viewers the opportunity to reflect on and learn about the constitutional realities and requirements of the court in modern society. By seeing the differences, you can better understand what kind of protections modern defendants have and the processes in place to keep everything fair.

  • Roger Alan Post author

    Objection! Enthusiasm for GOT Season 8 was unfounded!

  • Daniel Osorio Post author

    Oh do The Firm. That movie almost made me become a lawyer when I was a kid. Lol

  • justpassnthru Post author

    If I were to ever find myself in deep caca, I would hope my lawyer was a smooth as you!

  • M Greenwood Post author

    I would love to see a collab with a legal historian. I would guess a lot of this would fit with what middle ages courts did.

  • dracopalidine Post author

    Objection! I believe women, children and the infirmed (eg dwarfism) could have champions appointed by bishops to fight in their stead at least in civil matters, but professionals whose job it became to avoid trial by combat and instead get a jury trial were the sort of start of the profession of attorneys representing litigants.

  • Muscleduck Post author

    Objection: Trial by combat is apparently still legal in the USA.

  • Fred Raybould Post author

    But obviously this setting doesn't use the same legal codes or practices as modern US law? Seems a bit pointless to be critiquing which bits are 'wrong' or 'right' by how well it adheres to a legal code it never claimed to operate on.

  • Hamguy Bacon Post author

    Lol i would love to see you as a modern lawyer in the throne room trying to work on his defence as they make up hearsay and go on about their trial.

  • Sam Mendola Post author

    I agree with you about the lawyer representation but I'm not sure if there's many people as well educated as tyrion. He could know more than most lawyers in the GOT world

  • Raenir Salazar Post author

    Objection: Trial by Combat is well established within the context of the books as a right that pretty much all Westerosi nobles have (until Tommen in the show abolishes it).

  • Eric DiGirolamo Post author

    "he could get leniency because he's a member of the same family" hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Zydrate Plays Post author

    Objection. This trial isn't based on fairness. It was a circus designed to put someone to death. It's also not even vaguely based on American law, so your expertise is kind of invalid here.

  • yacine djemai Post author

    Trial by combat in 1960s in France ? Have you gone mad ? Do some research please next time

  • neverdavenever Post author

    When he explained the hearsay rules, my brain got overloaded.

  • ApocalypseOfSpoons Post author

    Objection! You don't want to 'poison' the mind of the jury!? Presumption of guilt!

  • Poizin Rath Post author

    We should bring trial by combat back

  • Jp Starlin Post author

    No. He did not get FAIR treatment.

  • Hannah Brennan Post author

    It's kind of unfair to judge this trial (pun intended) by the standards of our modern world. Game of Thrones takes place in a medieval world, so the court system would be different.

  • Agent grantman007 Post author

    I love how serious you are while watching this… You are quite awesome.

  • NKA23 Post author

    The glaring flaw of this video is in it´s premise. 1. Westeros is NOT the US. 2. This trial is supposed to be an unfair trial, as a fair trial would have ended with Tyrion being acquitted due to lack of evidence, while in the course of the story Tyrion needed to be found guilty.

  • KTo288 Post author

    Tyrion should have realised that usually people who wrong the Lannisters do not get trials, they just end up dead. That he's being given a trial at all means that Tywin is looking for a reason not to kill him, rather than antagonising the court he should be declaring his undying love and loyalty to House Lannister ,he was so harsh on Joffery because he loved him so much and wanted the best for him and the throne.

  • Joxer the Mighty Post author

    Not really a court because the verdict was predetermined and the witness bought by threat.

  • Sean Wattles Post author

    Objection: for all intents and purposes as former Hand of the King and an administrator in House Lannister there likely were few people as well versed in the law as Tyrion.

  • Scott Larson Post author

    Objection: Context!

    Your grade fails to take into account the setting of the story. It does great at criticizing it compared to current standards, but gives very little credit to the show for realism within the setting.

    But, as I argue against myself… I did learn a few things about current laws. So, thank you for that. 😀

  • blackphoenix32 Post author

    Before I allow this video to stand, I need to see proof you passed the Bar exam in Westeros.

  • Alysdaxei Post author

    I disagree with the complaining comments. I thought comparing this to modern U.S. law made it more interesting, and I learned some facts. Comparing it to medieval law (off of which it was probably loosely based) wouldn't have made for much of a video. The punishment for regicide wasn't something to deliberate over at length most of the time.

  • NegatorUK Post author

    Objection: Tyrion Lannister has one of the best political and cultural minds in Westeros, when he's sober 😉 He don't need no steenken lawyer.

  • odisseus ithaca Post author

    Do Trial of Gaius Baltar [Battlestar Galactica]

  • seneca983 Post author

    So this trial in a fictional world that's not made to resemble the real-world US is actually more in accordance with real-world US jurisprudence than the trials seen in the Bee Movie and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia which are actually set in the US?

  • The taco Man Post author

    In a trail by combat I believe that you are able to name a champion. Also trial by combat is not forbidden in the US either or rather I don't believe it's ever mentioned

  • Who Knew 22 Post author

    Its it a good job Trial by Combat is a option lol

  • The Novice Post author

    isnt part of the problem, with this analysis, the fact that this period in which GoT takes would be closer to a european medieval system of living. shoudlnt you compare to to medieval europe/early american law?

  • Triskan Post author

    I'm here after the fight, but I think people in the comments are missing the point.
    Of course, the rules of the trial are not the rules of the American Justice System… still, it has some interest to compare and confront both.

  • Andrew Weinrich Post author

    Objection: the legal realism standard should be based on15th century english law. Several of the differences were historical injustices that modern legal system has outlaws. For example , the defendant chained to the pulpit existed in early america before being abolished for prejudicing the jury against the defendant.

  • Vicente Zavala Post author

    I dont understand 40% of what he says yet i still enjoy this

  • Jammie Dodger Post author

    Not only is he comparing it to modern law but modern US law. It would have to be compared with medieval British law to be as accurate as possible

  • CrusadingWarden Post author

    I believe in some places trial by combat is still legal, but dueling is illegal, so what would be the precedence in that case?

  • CrusadingWarden Post author

    There's also a story of a man in England who demanded a trial by combat against the British DMV and was denied

  • Bohemian Hufflepuff Post author

    You seem like a good lawyer. I think if you were representing Tyrion, you would have been swiftly killed. That's how King's Landing works. The trial was always meant to incriminate Tyrion. They wouldn't have let you help him. Lol

  • justin reutter Post author

    Objection: this video misses the entire point. It's not intended to be a fair and Tywin can do more or less whatever he wants because there are no rules yet to stop him. This isn't America, it's a high fantasy setting loosely based on medieval England.

  • SurferMan127 Post author

    This universe lacks constitutional rights, rules of procedure, evidence, and professional responsibility. Everything that happened in his trial was fair and legal according to the laws of that universe. Nothing for an American lawyer to really criticize. Maybe stick to trials set in the real world (and the MODERN real world at that).

  • Triscuit Tech Post author

    "He should use medieval law for this"
    He's… not a medieval law expert. Few are. So don't expect him to be.
    Besides, putting GoT politics in dialogue with modern law is really interesting and fun.
    This was a great, fun idea

  • Norman Brendan Coulson Post author

    objection: from everything I can read, trial by combat no longer happened in France after the 14th century. What are the sources which say it went on into the 20th century.

  • apocalpyse7 Post author

    Thanks LegalEagle. I love your show. I was wondering if Andy Dufresne (Shawshank Redemption) should have really ended up in prison, based on NY law

  • Gary Walaszewski Post author

    Objection! It's clear this is more based upon medieval laws when it came to regicide. Based upon the fact that the laws of the land are far more barbaric, and the fact that the court was always aiming to get a guilty verdict for the accused, I'd give the legal accuracy far closer to a passing grade.
    As an aside Id also argue Tyrions reaction to realizing he was getting railroaded was possibly the greatest words to be spoken in a courtroom by an accused defendant.

  • Frank Rauen Post author

    For all the people saying it is silly to compare the US legal system and Westeros. He isn't making a commentary on the quality of the show. He is trying to use fiction and popular shows to educate viewers on the US legal system.

  • XmanDammit Post author

    I demand a trial by combat! I choose Legal Eagle as my champion!!!

  • silth havok Post author

    Objection: your premise is flawed, this is a feudal system and anyone talking about a republic would most likely be executed for treason against the crown. Great videos keep up the great work.

  • Camilo Iribarren Post author

    Objection: you should check two legal series: 1) Franklin & Bash; 2) Bull. Give your review and legal ruling on realistic lawyering

  • Molly Fontera Chappell Post author

    I wonder if you've done this for the show "The Night Of."

  • lakodamon Post author

    OBJECTION – you forgot to point out the difference between constitutional monarchies (eg. Commonwealth states, which offer the same protections you describe) and unilateral ones (eg. Game of Boners).

    Monarchs without constitutional limits can pass laws by simple decree, and are the final arbiter of said laws. Joffreys successor did not have to recuse, and could admit or proscribe anything.

    And the wager of combat was routinely fought by champions (despite being illegal); and was never abolished in the American colonies (save for a common-law injunction against a duel in 1983).

    The abolition bill (proposed shortly before Independence) was defeated.

  • JaxonHaxon Post author

    First time I realised that someone yells out 'KingSlayer' as they walk in. Perfect insult to yell as Jaime escorts Tyrion as it now applies to both of them. This show used to be so good.

  • Dani Boro Post author

    Objection. In medieval law you are guilty until executed

  • Random Doctor Post author

    Hearsay is wrong unless it can help declare the defendant guilty. Yup, sounds fair.

  • Emily Lembke Post author

    Did you hear about the British man who went to court for a parking ticket and tried to invoke the ancient British right to trial by combat

  • Yulinda D Loomis Post author

    Ur bigis far is u dont cornsered time or place or ruff time or place for fiction know u law in usa 20019 but is my biggest problem but love ur show creep up the good work.

  • TV4Fun2 Post author

    Objection: You are not a member of the Westerosi Bar, you have no standing to give legal advice in this jurisdiction.

  • Caden _t_k Post author

    Objection:
    Tyrion’s isn’t in handcuffs by law, when Jaime went to take him to court he tells Tyrion that it’s on fathers orders, meaning that Tywin just did it because he felt like it.

  • Grammar Centurion Post author

    As much as I love this channel, you can’t really compare modern US law to a fictional religious medieval trial.

  • Jackthgun Post author

    Side note British Peer(Nobles) were tried before the House of Lord because it was principle of trial by a jury of their peers

  • Ace Post author

    Goddam that is a nice suit you got there

  • Ajay Schoyck Post author

    Bro u should try acting u look like you could be Daredevil

  • Cosmin Xxx Post author

    the more intresting fact is that is the best trial you could see from the accused point of view if you were to live in the real world medieval times .modern law is still far from being blind and impartial but for sure is WAAAAAAAAAAAAY more fair than the abominations that happen in old times.we really did lived darker times for sure 🙂

  • Lucas Mendes Post author

    Actually I think trial by combat only requires that each side (accusor and accused) choose a champion of his/her choice

  • Mangaka2004 Post author

    One could say that it was a tall order for him to win that court x)

  • Jai Parwani Post author

    Question !
    can only a jury of convicted murderers judge a murder trial

  • Flynn Lives cmd Post author

    Ya got this dumb show going on for ages yet cut rome after season 2 because it was too expensive.
    Thats, intelligent :/

  • Anata No Senei Post author

    If Sansa was wearing that necklace the day of the wedding, why does the maester have it?… Case dismissed.

  • Nicholas Maude Post author

    We all know how GoTs ended and it was that abomination known as series eight.

  • Maria Post author

    literally off the cuff!

  • nd irish7 Post author

    You should do a reaction to To Kill a Mockingbirds court case

  • Brandon Janssen Post author

    judging the legal aspect of a fictional work based in a time period where the "innocent til proven guilty" would be laughed at. remember that game of thrones is middle medieval age while the fair trial system was almost completely originated in the 18 and 19 hundreds in America.

  • Titus Veridius Post author

    I never noticed the down-blouse in the Joffrey death scene.

  • arch3223 Post author

    Since US law is based off of Common law and trial by combat was allowed in Common law, unless there's something banning trial by combat shouldn't it be an option in the US?

  • chaosXpert Post author

    IDK why, but the more of these lawyer videos I watch, the more I really appreciate the US constitution and rule of law

  • John Dobak Post author

    OBJECTION! Holding a legal case set in an alternate reality to United States standards is cruel and unusual. No one should be forced to dwell upon the unsystematic and contradictory laws the United States imposes upon its subjects!

  • Covfefe Post author

    I hope he judges this by the standard Old English Common Law rather than modern American Law.

  • Lief Bamberg Post author

    Do the trial of Sophie Scholl. Only movie trial I've seen that seems less fair than GoT

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