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'The Good Wife': Good Law? -- Season 6, Episode 21

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on May 04, 2015 11:54 AM

After wallowing in defeat, Alicia is getting back on the horse and taking up the case of an old client.

Here's what you need to know from last night's episode, entitled "Don't Fail":

The Good Wife: Good Law?

Season 6, Episode 20
"Don't Fail"

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Episode Recap (Spoiler Alert):

At the end of last episode, Peter urged Alicia to write a memoir. This episode, she tries to consult with a ghost writer, but Alicia seems not quite ready to spill her secrets. Instead, Alicia jumps back into the courtroom to

Legal Fiction:

When Alicia tried to deal with the prosecutor to get Brett's case dropped, the prosecutor offered a plea deal of second degree murder. Alicia flat out rejected the offer without first discussing the offer with Brett. In real life, this could be a violation of ethics rules.

Most states' ethics rules state that an attorney should communicate any settlement offers or plea deals with clients unless the client made it clear to the attorney that such an offer would be denied. Some jurisdictions, such as the District of Columbia, have even stricter rules requiring that an attorney must tell clients about plea deals, unless it was previously discussed.

Legal Verdict:

Of course, Alicia is successful in her first attempt to get back in the saddle. The judge agreed that Brett's case should be dismissed due to double jeopardy. This episode was much more focused on a legal case than the political drama of prior episodes. Hopefully, this new trend will continue in next week's season finale.

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