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In this essay, Nancy Rapoport discusses how Sebastian Stark (played by James Woods) seduces the lawyers on his legal team into ignoring legal ethics in favor of Stark's own version of ethics. Stark -- a criminal defense lawyer who becomes a deputy district attorney -- bends the ethics rules past the breaking point in order to put bad guys behind bars. His team of lawyers knows right from wrong but follows Stark's lead in breaking the rules anyway.

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Rapoport, Nancy B., Swimming with Shark (2009). LAWYERS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: LAW ON THE SMALL SCREEN, Michael Asimow, ed., ABA Publ'g 2009.