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New Mexico Law Review Dedicates Issue to “Breaking Bad”
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Breaking Bad

Summary: The “Breaking Bad” storyline offers opportunities for legal students and professionals to examine and compare real-life situations related to the legal rights of the characters.

The highly rated television series “Breaking Bad” is being featured in the University of New Mexico School of Law student journal. The edition is analyzing the legal issues related to the story. “Breaking Bad” was set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


The story is about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung cancer that turns to dealing methamphetamine with a former student in an attempt to leave his family with money when he dies.

The spring issue of the New Mexico Law Review is using the AMC drama to examine the war on drugs, attorney-client communications, police practices, the hypothetical arrest of Walter White, and questionable practices of the defense lawyer in regards to the Fourth Amendment and ethics of professional lawyers.

Some of the featured articles include:

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Why We Would Spare Walter White: Breaking Bad and the True Power of Mitigation” by Professor Bidish J Sarma – looks into the capital sentencing process that Walter White would face following his arrest near the end of the series.

The Good and (Breaking) Bad of Deceptive Police Practices” by Professor Elizabeth N Jones – examines the possible association in the depiction of investigative strategic police deception in “Breaking Bad” and the Department of Justice’s findings of patterns of excessive force used by some Albuquerque Police Department officers.

The Political Geography of Plea Bargaining in Federal Death Penalty Cases” by Professor Greg Goelzhauser – emphasizes the federal law enforcement in New Mexico to influence an empirical examination of plea-bargaining results in federal capital cases.

Are you a fan of “Breaking Bad”? Tells us about your favorite episode in the comments below the article.




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