Rick and Morty recreate one of the weirdest court encounters in history
If your only experience with court cases come from entertainment, then you may be bitterly disappointed the first time you watch legal proceedings. You will seldom see someone admit a crime on the stand after a clever ploy from the opposing lawyer, and the audience for a trial rarely gets the chance to gasp as new evidence is dramatically introduced.
No, legal proceedings tend to be more sedate and even predictable. Every once in a while though, something stands out.
During San Diego Comic-Con, the creators of the animated series Rick and Morty (one of the best comedies in 2015) displayed an original new clip. It was fairly simple by most standards, more a collection of drawings than an animated series, but it featured the stars of the show (both voiced by Justin Roiland) reading a real life transcript from a recent court case in Georgia. It was then recorded by YouTuber Polyglot Platypus.
The transcript was taken from the case of the Sate of Georgia vs Denver Fenton Allen, which took place on June 17, 2016. Allen went before The Honorable J. Bryant Durham Jr. to request a new defense attorney. Allen is a bit of a wildcard, and probably a little crazy. He has a fairly weak understanding of the legal system, but he has plenty to say.
To put it kindly, things go very bad, very quickly. For the record, the image to the right is what the real Durham Jr. and Allen look like.
Allen goes on an epic tirade. He threatens the judge and his family, and winds up with what might be a record-setting contempt sentence. And he just keeps going.
The judge probably could and should have cut things off earlier, but he just gets sucked into it. At one point he even notes that Allen has a constitutional right to be a dumbass. It’s great. By the way, the audio is NSFW. Put on some headphones unless your coworkers are cool with Olympic levels of profanity.
Check it out below, and look for the 14-episode third season of Rick and Morty in late 2016.