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After being shown D.C. Superior Court’s standard jury-duty orientation film Monday morning, potential jurors who kept watching the courthouse TV were treated to a different take on legal procedure—The Legend of Billie Jean. The 1985 teenage-rebellion flick, whose theme song is Pat Benatar’s “Invincible,” stars Helen Slater as Billie Jean, a Texas teen who takes justice into her own hands when her little brother’s scooter is stolen. In her attempt to right a wrong, Billie Jean is nearly raped by the culprit’s store-owner father. She and her posse are then accused of crimes they didn’t commit and run from the police. On the lam, Billie Jean gains a cult following after she trades in her wan blond locks for a spikey ‘do and dangles what looks like a fishhook from one ear. The ending doesn’t exactly evoke the justice prevailing spirit of To Kill a Mockingbird: Billie Jean looks on as her would-be rapist’s shop burns down. —Annys Shin
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