The Devil's Advocate

Question: During jury selection, Kevin decides to have one of the jury dismissed, I believe, because of the shoes the jury member wore. What exactly do the guy's shoes have to do with anything?

Answer: The shoes showed him this man polishes them every day, also his clothes are custom made. That all means the look he has of a black thug is deceiving, instead he's a cautious, proud person they can't use in the jury. Just to add, Kevin knows all this because the devil (his father, spoiler alert) is giving him the talent to do it, not a logical explanation can be given why he dismisses these people.

lionhead

Question: At the end of the movie, how did Kevin's decision to not represent Getty's make him lose his case and how could he possibly be disbarred for making such a decision?

Answer: In short, a lawyer may not withdraw from a case if doing so will adversely affect the interest of client. At this point in the trial, if he withdrew, it could prejudice Getty in the eyes of the jury (i.e. they might think he's guilty because his lawyer doesn't want to defend him anymore). Source: Florida RPC 4-1.16 Declining or Terminating Representation.

Bishop73

But, could his refusal to represent Getty any longer allow Getty to get him disbarred?

The State Bar Association would be the entity that would determine if Kevin will be disbarred. All Getty could do is bring grievances to the Association, but it would be a matter of public record that Kevin withdrew in the middle of trial that and it would be more likely that the Judge reports Kevin to the Bar. Getty's recourse of action would be to sue Kevin, but that wouldn't result in disbarment.

Bishop73

Question: Did Cullen really kill the people he was accused of murdering?

Answer: Yes. Kevin realises this when he finds out the secretary is lying about sleeping with her boss. He even considers dropping the case, knowing he was defending a murderer.

lionhead

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves are on top of the office building, they walk to the right edge of the roof. When the camera changes from overview to close-up, they only need one or two steps to the edge, but they make at least six steps. (00:25:40)

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Trivia: Does anyone else notice the parallels between this movie and City Hall? They both have Al Pacino running New York City and his "right hand man" is named Kevin.

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