I'm addicted to the plotlines as much as anyone, but it does bother me that every single guilty as hell Donnell et al client gets acquitted. I don't get nervous anymore when the jury reads its verdicts in criminal trials when there's a "scum" defendant with a seemingly hopeless case because I ALWAYS know it's going to be NOT GUILTY - the writers have shown us this consistent pattern with NO exeptions that I can think of.
There's also a pattern of Guilty verdicts coming down when there's either an innocent client - often being framed by or covering up for someone else - or a technically guilty client with either a heartwrenchingly sympathetic story or a relatively petty crime that incurs an absurd sentence: doctors and family members getting convicted of murder in mercy killings of their consenting, terminally ill and suffering families and patients; life sentences for both a deaf mother who killed the man who raped and killed her young daughter and Christian Scientist parents who denied thier sick son medical treatment, genuinely believing prayer to be the best thing; a teenage boy who got 20 years for perjury when he refused to incriminate his own father for murder.
In other words, justice is almost never served on this show, giving the frustrating impression that the system is not just imperfect but absurdly arbitrary.
OCCASIONALLY Donnell et. al will save an innocent or sympathetic client. Their two death row exonerations and the moral passion defense for Gerald Braun come to mind but I know there are more. These are the only cass where I get to really feel good about what they're doing and satisfied with the result.
I realize a main theme of the show is how great the firm is at criminal defense, but I'd like a bit more variety and for them to be fallible, not just able to get anyone off at will - and for Helen Gamble to SOMETIMES get the satisfaction of successfully putting away a heinous criminal - when she's not pursuing a client she knows is likely innocent or a mercy killer, I actually tend to like and syympathize with her.