My Cousin Vinny is a funny interpretation of the criminal justice system. It contains a wide variety of essentials in the justice system as a whole. The movie deals with many stages of the pre-trial process, important people of the court process, and the criminal trial (http://oppapers.com).
Billy Gambini (Ralph Macchio) and Stan Rothenstein (Mitchell Whitfield) were traveling through the state of Alabama, stopping at a convenience store to purchase groceries. Their hands were full so Billy placed a can of tuna in his pocket with intentions of paying for it, placing the goods on the counter, Billy forgot about the tuna. Further down the road, Billy looked in the rear view mirror and seen a police cruiser. He told Stan about the forgotten tuna, when the lights on the cruiser lit up. The officer approached the boys with gun in hand. They were confused, wondering why the officer had pulled his weapon, on such a small crime. Upon their arrest, the officer failed to tell the boys why they were detained. The boys took for granted that it was because of the tuna. The store clerk had been shot and killed after the boys had left. With circumstantial evidence and misunderstanding, the boys ‘were charged with murder and accessory to murder. They assumed the charge was for shoplifting, they had not been informed of any murder. Billy had confessed to shoplifting, informing the police that Stan had nothing to do with the crime, when in reality the police took it as admission to murder. Realizing the seriousness of the charge, Billy called his mother who informed him that his cousin Vinny is a lawyer.
Billy’s cousin, Vincent La Guardia “Vinny” Gambini (Joe Pesci), travels to Alabama with fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei). Vinny is an attorney recently admitted to the bar, but is agreeable to take on the case. He is a personal injury lawyer with no experience in a court room.
When Vinny meets the trial judge, Chamberlain Haller...