than seeing this at the beginning of Law & Order (or one of their franchise shows):
"The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event."
What this means, in lay speak, is that this is *totally* based on actual people and events, but they didn't have the rights to any of it so they cobbled a bunch of shit together from the news to make one crazy-ass whacked out story. As only they can do. And the episodes with this disclaimer at the beginning are usually the most entertaining.
Hooray for insanely unrealistic legal dramas! One of my favorite forms of escapism :~D