Why Joe Friday Wouldn’t Have Made A Good Appellate Advocate

The late Jack Webb, who played Sgt. Joe Friday on “Dragnet,” is perhaps best remembered for uttering this famous line: “Just the facts, ma’am.”  (Actually, according to Wikipedia, he actually said, “”All we want are the facts.”)  Whatever the line, appellate advocates would do well to ignore Sgt. Friday’s focus on the facts when they argue before an appellate tribunal.

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