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Released: Oct 01st, 1992
Running Time: 71
Directors: John T Bone, John T. Bone
Company: A.F.V. Releasing
Cast: Jerry Butler, Tom Chapman, Wayne Summers, Daphne (I), Biff Malibu, Leanna Foxx, Aja (I), Steve Drake, Rick Blaine, Crimson, Cameo (I)
Critical Rating: AAAA
Patterned to some degree after the L.A. Law TV format, Layin' Down The Law tries for a peek at the intimate lives of the members of the legal profession while at the same time showing them in action in the courtroom.
Jerry Butler plays a defense counselor who's losing it. Why is that stroke of casting not surprising? Butler's tired of the corruption in the system, blah-blah-blah, etc., etc., etc. His law partner, Aja, is called upon to defend a porn director (played unconvincingly by John T. Bone - just kidding) up on an obscenity rap. Of course, in a limited amount of running time that has to encompass a number of sex scenes, you're not going to get a comprehensive obscenity issue aired, but I think a reasonably dramatic case is made during the "preliminary hearing."
In a really dumb case, Butler's got to defend a philandering husband (Tom Chapman) who won't wear a condom to suit his wife (Leanna Foxxx), so he's suing her. Of course, Chapman and Foxxx kiss and make up later, after Butler practically loses his lunch in an over-the-top courtroom scene.
A couple of sidebar love issues are explored, one between lawyer Cameo and her lover, Steve Drake, who wants to marry her after fucking her only one week; and attorney Crimson's (Jacqueline) sexual baptism at the hand of Butler. Considering that all these lawyers are spending all their time fucking, one can appreciate the reasons for the number of continuances that seem to jettison the legal system.
This feature's well-acted and has a solid girl-girler (Cameo and Cassidy) going for it. Not a bad show at all.