I've taken to hopping online for a few minutes and last night, I got sucked into watching the entirety of Jagged Edge on Netflix. I remember my mother being very into this movie when it came out and I was 7. Obviously, I was not allowed to watch it and based on my enjoyment of Fatal Attraction and The Game, Netflix thought I'd be into this thriller now that I'm a grown-up.
Eh. It was okay. I liked how loads of the filming took place at City Hall. San Francisco locations are always fun, even when it's wildly inaccurate. The murder was supposed to go down at a "Baker Beach" weekend home. I guess a lot has changed since 1985 because apparently, Baker Beach looked like Malibu.
In one scene, Jeff Bridges gets very teary and emotional when he has to go back to scene of the murder. I texted my brother, Mel and Hastings to see if they'd be able to visit the site of my tragic death. Mel and Hastings said it depended, Melissa not willing to give up any locale deemed "hella cool." My brother, Alex would have no problem going anywhere. My bloodstains could still be splattered on the walls. Alex goes where he wants.
"Really?" I asked. "You could casually lounge around some joint where your beloved only sibling perished?"
"For closure." He responded. "And to investigate."
Awww. That's my baby bro.
Basically, in Jagged Edge, this ratzy-tatzy newspaper heiress is brutally murdered and her husband, Jeff Bridges is put on trial. Glenn Close plays the decided un-sexy defense attorney and Peter Coyote is the corrupt San Francisco District Attorney.
Maybe I just never really put it together on Law & Order or maybe it's all hitting home because Jagged Edge takes place a stone's throw from me, like right now, but would real-life DA Kamala Harris personally prosecute a murder? Because Coyote is wandering around the crime scene, interrogating suspects, hiding secret evidence and trying the case himself. I can't picture Ms. Escada objecting to some drive-by witness' bullshit testimony.
And does Dennis Herrera get any of this action? He said I could call anytime with questions. I wonder if this counts?
I decided to consult this blog's legal team (my dad and Mel), both of whom had the same answer.This comes from Melissa: "Kamala does not go to court - she's more of an administrator. Here in SF, attorneys in the her office's homicide unit prosecute murders. Remember that in Law and Order, Fred Thompson plays the District Attorney and he NEVER goes to court.
I've never seen whatever movie you're referring to, but it isn't unheard of for small towns to have the DA actually go to court. Herrera wouldn't do it because he only deals with civil cases (meaning those cases that aren't criminal) like slip-and-fall, civil rights, and stuff, nothing gross."
I called the DA's office to find out 1) if Kamala has ever tried a case as DA and 2) any history on the last case ever tried by the actual District Attorney of San Francisco.
In my 5 years of blogging, it's amazing the random people I'll call just to find out information for my own personal sad and pathetic uses. I have a blog! Tell me shit!
Anyway, good luck getting around KA-mala's complex, 3-languaged voicemail at 8pm on a Tuesday. Jesus! Welfare fraud, elder abuse, missing children? I wanna talk to all of these people (in English)! What a goddamn interesting office!
I couldn't even figure out how to leave a message so if any historian wants to hook me up with this nerdy info, I'm all over it...