Being a Criminal Lawyer


Raymond Burr in Perry Mason

In 1977, Michael George Cummings of Tulsa, Oklahoma was charged with purse-stealing. He refused to have a lawyer defend him at his impending trial. His reason? He said that he had watch enough episodes of Perry Mason, a US legal drama, to know how things go. Cummings was sure that he could exonerate himself.

When the trial commenced, he finally had the chance to show his legal prowess. Facing his accuser, he gave her his rendition of a steely Raymond Burr stare and said, “Did you get a good look at my face when I took your purse?”

Case closed. Cummings was sentenced to ten years in prison for his trouble.


Daily News, January 7, 1977

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