Emotions can generate catastrophes. That's exactly what happened in the fictional world of "The Good Wife." Law partner Will Gardner was gunned down and murdered in the courtroom by the party he was defending.
A version of that played out in real life at a law firm in Mississippi. Attorney W. Ellis Pittman had just finished deposing Recardo Frazier, who was represented by attorney Bill Luckett. Pittman was suing Frazier for alleged subpar work done on his own residence.
What happened next was that Frazier, who later turned himself in to law enforcement, was charged with murder. As Staci Zaretsky reports in Abovethelaw.com, Pittman was shot in the stomach. He died before he could be airlifted for medical care for that trauma.
It's no surprise that routine procedure in many courtrooms is to have armed security personnel posted just before a verdict is announced. In "Pao v. Kleiner," plaintiff Ellen Pao seemed like a cool customer when the jury verdict went against her on all counts. That's supposed to be how the civility code is to play out. But, decorum is an artificial construction put together by some influential thought leaders.