Bullfrog Films does both the general and the educational markets that it serves a real solid by releasing the fair and balanced 2016 documentary "Rule of Law" on DVD. This tale of disabled defendant George Lane learning the relationship between justice being delayed and denied both educates and provides ample food for thought.
The following extended Bullfrog promo. for "Rule" provides a good primer on the players and the legal and moral issues around which the film is centered,
Our story begins with newly wheelchair-bound Lane, who has a moderate criminal record, once more being summoned to defend himself against charges in his rural Tennessee community. He arrives to learn that the lack of an elevator requires a humiliating trip up the stairs to a second-floor courtroom. The insult that is added to his dual insult and injury is to learn that he must appear again at a later date.
The piled-on insult is telling Lane that his least humiliating option for appearing at the second proceeding is to have court officials carry him up the stairs. That prompts Lane to call former prosecutor/current private-practice attorney Bill Brown for legal advocacy. The reasoning of Lane includes that Brown always treated him fairly while arguing that his misdeeds warrant making him a guest of the state.
In providing his perspective, Brown notes that being less sympathetic than other individuals does not justify denying Lane his literal day in court. Subsequently discovering a woman who has had a hard-luck life and faces the same challenge as Lane shows that he is not alone.
The State of Tennessee proves that our legal system is an adversarial one by asserting the legal concept of sovereign immunity; the basic idea is that the "sovereign" status of the government in this country that affirmatively rejected the concept of a monarchy-based form of rule more than 200 years ago greatly limits the types of legal claims that an individual can assert against a state.
This leads to Brown following the robber baron principle of reshaping his legal argument into one that the courts will hear. He is not initially on tap to appear before Team Roberts when the dispute makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, Brown does end up traveling to Washington to state his case. The copious DVD bonus features includes audio recordings of that proceeding.
The film concludes with the outcome of the case, which provides some evidence as to the extent to which an ordinary person who wisely chooses his or her legal counsel can fight city hall.
The aforementioned extras include 2.5 hours of extended interview footage and .pdfs of court documents,