Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle 

When Lamont gets a traffic ticket, Fred convinces him to fight it in court, where the poor man's Perry Mason steps up to defend his son against the system.

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Whitman Mayo ...
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Sonny Cochran
Arthur Adams ...
Judge Mel Davis
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Sosimo Hernandez ...
Juan Diego Lopez
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Billy
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Otis Littlejohn (as Stymie Beard)
Ed Perry ...
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James Driskill ...
Cop (as Jim Driskill)
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When Lamont gets a traffic ticket, Fred convinces him to fight it in court, where the poor man's Perry Mason steps up to defend his son against the system.

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11 January 1974 (USA)  »

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The character Sonny Cochran is likely a reference to famed attorney Johnnie Cochran. While not yet nationally known at the time of this episode, by the mid-1970s Johnnie Cochran was a well-established criminal defense attorney in the Los Angeles area who had made a name for himself litigating a number of high-profile cases involving police brutality. See more »

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Fred Sanford: [to Lamont] You got a ticket from a white man in a blue uniform, in a black neighborhood, and you're so mad you see red, and you won't fight it 'cause you're too yellow. Now what are you, a man or a box of crayons?
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Antonio Fargas and Sosimo Hernandez
12 December 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Fred Sanford, Legal Eagle" opens with Lamont receiving a traffic ticket from a white officer (Jim Driskill), explaining how he had the right of way at a green light, yet received a citation for failing to yield to another driver who jumped the red light. He'd rather pay the fine rather than fight, but his father has other ideas: "you get a ticket from a white cop in a blue uniform in a black neighborhood and it make you so mad that you see red, and you ain't gonna fight it cause you're too yellow...now what are you, a man or a box of crayons?" Grady's lawyer friend Sonny Cochran (Antonio Fargas) offers legal advice in exchange for a suit made in his tailor shop. Judge Mel Davis (Arthur Adams, later seen in "Donna Pops the Question") first has to dispense with the case of Chicano Juan Diego Lopez (Sosimo Hernandez, later seen in "Committee Man"), who complains in his native tongue, only to respond to the judge with his trademark catchphrase: "I didn't know that!" Unfortunately for Lamont, Fred's pool hall entourage join them before the judge, with Grady, Bubba, Billy (Billy Allyn, last of three), and Otis Littlejohn (Stymie Beard, second of three) causing disorder in the court. One of the very best episodes, and one in which Redd Foxx uses the 'N' word in uproarious fashion.


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