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1. "People are tried and convicted in the newspapers and on television before they ever see a courtroom."
Author: Assata Shakur
2. "I read a lot when I'm away. I love courtroom dramas and I'm always looking for new authors."
Author: Bruce Forsyth
3. "Banks and churches and courtrooms all depend on the appurtenances of theatre. On illusion. Banks, the illusion of stability and honourable dealings to the rot and corruption of capitalist exploitation. Churches the illusion of sacred sanctuary of purposes of pacifying social discontent. Courtrooms of course designed to promote the illusion of solemn justice. If there was true justice why would such trappings be necessary? Wouldn't a table and chairs and an ordinary room serve just as well?"
Author: E.L. Doctorow
4. "If justice fails in the courtroom, it will not prevail in society.A broken Justice System does not protect the rights of all people."
Author: Ellen J. Barrier
5. "Let's deal with reality. The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom."
Author: Eric Holder
6. "The judge turned his back towards me, sitting back on his judge's chair, while I was in the witness stand being questioned. The whole courtroom was full of these anarchists, leftists, communists and Jewish lobbyists."
Author: Ernst Zundel
7. "There's a lot more to competence than a law degree and a modicum of courtroom skill."
Author: Fred Thompson
8. "Of course, actors look forward to the day when they can do a big courtroom scene."
Author: Greg Kinnear
9. "And if he did not always like what he had to do...he never forgot what the alternative would have been. Not only in Argentina, leading the unhappy existence of a refugee, but also in the courtroom in Jerusalem, with his life as good as forfeited, he might have still preferred—if anybody had asked him—to be hanged as Obersturmbannführer a.D. (in retirement) rather than living out his life quietly and normally as a traveling salesman for the Vacuum Oil Company."
Author: Hannah Arendt
10. "But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire."
Author: Harper Lee
11. "The only way in which all men in America are equal, is in the courtroom - Atticus"
Author: Harper Lee
12. "The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash. ~Atticus Finch"
Author: Harper Lee
13. "A fair trial is one in which the rules of evidence are honored, the accused has competent counsel, and the judge enforces the proper courtroom procedures - a trial in which every assumption can be challenged."
Author: Harry Browne
14. "The courtroom is one instance of the fact that while our society may be liberal and democratic in some large and vague sense, its moving parts, its smaller chambers--its classrooms, its workplaces, its corporate boardrooms, its jails, its military barracks--are flagrantly undemocratic, dominated by one commanding person or a tiny elite of power."
Author: Howard Zinn
15. "Courtrooms contain every symbol of authority that a set designer could imagine. Everyone stands up when you come in. You wear a costume identifying you as, if not quite divine, someone special."
Author: Irving R. Kaufman
16. "It has been said in this courtroom that only a human being can be free. It seems to me that only someone who wishes for freedom can be free. I wish for freedom."
Author: Isaac Asimov
17. "Truth has its place. In a courtroom, certainly. A boardroom? I don't know. I think truth is in the listener. Truth is something the listener bestows on a story-- or not"
Author: J.R. Moehringer
18. "Hollow then produced Kobel's tax returns for the past three years.When Ringling objected, Hollow said to Judge Rollins, "Your Honor, a man who files a tax return is of sound mind.""That's debatable," said the ultraconservative judge, drawing laughter from the courtroom."
Author: Jeffery Deaver
19. "To play a lawyer and have one year of law school under your belt, you sort of know what you're talking about! I'm able to memorize the legal courtroom stuff a lot faster than I would have been able to otherwise."
Author: Jerry O'Connell
20. "Roache's statement after his acquittal was dignified but his supporters were angry. They demanded to know why the case was ever brought, claiming that the actor was a victim of the "hysteria" created by revelations about Jimmy Savile. It's a curious conclusion to draw from a "not guilty" verdict; there are courtrooms where the conviction rate is 100 per cent but they tend to be in totalitarian states. In serious criminal cases in England and Wales, the rate is around 82 per cent, and I would be seriously worried if every defendant were to be found guilty.The Independent, 9 February 2014"
Author: Joan Smith
21. "I sit for a few moments in the empty courtroom. If this were like old times, I would got home and tell Delia that I'd lost the hearing. I'd repeat verbatim what the judge had said, and I'd ask her to interpret it. We'd dissect my performance until she finally threw up her hands and said we were going nowhere with any of this.She will not be back tonight, I suppose. And we're still going nowhere."
Author: Jodi Picoult
22. "I'm not going to fit into that English courtroom. I'm going to stand out, with how I dress, and how I think, because I'm not English. I don't know about murder and witness and juries, but I do know how to fix things in my life when they're messed up. If you make a mistake and repent, you're forgiven. You're welcomed back. If you lie, and keep lying, there won't be a place for you." -Katie, Plain Truth"
Author: Jodi Picoult
23. "Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man."
Author: Johnnie Cochran
24. "Jurors want courtroom lawyers to have some compassion and be nice."
Author: Johnnie Cochran
25. "I think if somebody is so set in their ways about what they feel about something - and you get this a lot in academia, of course, and also different sorts of journalism too - you're going to sweep under the carpet the facts that don't suit your thesis. And I think that happens quite a lot in the courtroom, for instance."
Author: Jon Ronson
26. "Taylor: "Show me your craftiness. I'll give you one question."Jeremy: "I'm a big believer in first impressions," he finally said. "Tell me what your first thought was when Jason walked into the courtroom."Taylor: "I vowed to hate him forever."Jeremy: "That's exactly what I said nineteen years ago, five minutes after he first walked into our dorm room."....Jason : "Did I miss something?"Taylor: "You're a bit older than I thought, Jason Andrews."Jason glanced quickly at Jeremy, who held up his hands innocently.Jeremy: "I swear, she forced it out of me."
Author: Julie James
27. "Holy fuck—would somebody please tell him why a massive photo of a penis was sitting front and center in the courtroom?"
Author: Julie James
28. "I love being in a courtroom."
Author: Kamala Harris
29. "Dean coughed helpfully. Somewhere in the cough was the word "persuasion." He was throwing Mo a lifeline.Mo preferred to go down. "I haven't actually read any Austen. I'm more into mysteries, crime fiction, courtroom stuff." This was disappointing, but not damning. On the other hand it was a failing; on the other, manfully owned up to. If only Mo had stopped there."I don't read much women's stuff. I like a good plot," he said.Prudie finished her drink and set her glass down so hard you could hear it hit. "Austen can plot like a son of a bitch," she said. "Bernadette, I believe you were telling us about your first husband.""I could start with my second. Or the one after that," Bernadette offered. Down with plot! Down with Mo!"
Author: Karen Joy Fowler
30. "In history, in a movie, in a book, you can always tell who the heroes are; they're the ones rushing into a burning building, giving crucial testimony inthe courtroom, refusing to step to the back of the bus. They're the ones whoact the way you hope you would, if the moment came to you.But the movies and the history books never tell you how they felt, thoseheroes, if they were angry or uncertain or afraid, if they had to think along time before they did the right thing, if they even knew what the rightthing was or just made a headlong guess, just leaped and hoped they landedinstead of falling. They never tell you what it's like to stand on thebrink, wishing you were somewhere--or someone--else, wishing the choice hadnever come your way and you could just go back to your safe, ordinary,everyday life.Because you know what else the books never say? Nobody, hero or not, reallywants to rush into a fire. Because fire burns."
Author: Kathe Koja
31. "If you have a camera in the courtroom, there's no filtering. What you see is what's there."
Author: Lance Ito
32. "I have not fully had the opportunity to evaluate the impact of cameras in the courtroom."
Author: Lance Ito
33. "If you take the cameras out of the courtroom, then you hide a certain measure of truth from the public."
Author: Lance Ito
34. "And if you take the cameras out of the courtroom, then you hide, I think, a certain measure of truth from the public, and I think that's very important for the American public to know."
Author: Lance Ito
35. "Courtroom dramas can be boring."
Author: Laura Linney
36. "Dershowitz may have felt justified in misleading the jury because, in his words, "the courtroom oath—‘to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth'—is applicable only to witnesses. Defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges don't take this oath…indeed, it is fair to say the American justice system is built on a foundation of not telling the whole truth."
Author: Leonard Mlodinow
37. "The courtroom is a quiet place, Judge Roberts, where you park your political ideology, and you call the balls and you call the strikes."
Author: Lindsey Graham
38. "There was polite laughter in the courtroom. Bosch noticed that the attorneys -- prosecution and defense -- dutifully joined in, a couple of them overdoing it. It had been his experience that while in open court a judge could not possibly tell a joke that the lawyers did not laugh at."
Author: Michael Connelly
39. "I spread my arms wide like a minister in front of his flock."My pulpit is the well of the courtroom. I preach to the twelve apostles, the gods of guilt."Valenzula casually looked at me."Yeah, well, whatever. It's still pretty low and you should be ashamed of your ass. Almost as low as you racing out here ahead of me and hiding in there, telling her not to answer the door."I nodded. He had it all figured out. I signaled him off the hood of the car."Well, Val, Ms. Roberts is now my client and I am authorized to accept the subpoena from Fulgoni on her behalf."He slid off the car, dragging the wallet chain looped from his belt to his back pocket along the paint."Oh, geez, my fucking bad. I hope I didn't scratch it, Reverend."
Author: Michael Connelly
40. "I was in the courtroom prosecuting violent felonies for well over a decade."
Author: Nancy Grace
41. "I'd like to do my first record I ever made, A Church, a Courtroom, and Then Goodbye."
Author: Patsy Cline
42. "I love soap operas - the stories, the plots! And I love the game shows and the courtroom dramas and the detectives - Jessica Fletcher, 'Columbo,' 'Perry Mason,' 'L.A. Law.' Any sense of guilt appeals to me in a television program - a sense of guilt, or a sense of making a lot of money."
Author: Peter Ackroyd
43. "Dimitri.I hadn't known he was here. His eyes were on me too,dark and endless. Only I couldn't read what he was feeling. His face betrayed nothing, but there was something in his eyes...something intense and intimidating. The image of him ready to take down that group of guardians flashed through my mind,and something told me that if I asked,He would fight his way to me through this courtroom and do everything in his power to rescue me from it."
Author: Richelle Mead
44. "And then it happened. This massive heart attack that brought the brilliant Julian Mantle back down to earth and reconnected him to his mortality. Right in the middle of courtroom number seven on a Monday morning, the same courtroom where we had won the Mother of All Murder Trials."
Author: Robin S. Sharma
45. "The world is not a courtroom There is no judge no jury no plaintiff. This is a caravan filled with eccentric beings telling wondrous stories about God."
Author: Saadi
46. "While teaching, I also worked undercover in the lower courts by saying I was a young law teacher wanting experience in criminal law. The judges were happy to assist me but what I learned was how corrupt the lower courts were. Judges were accepting money right in the courtroom."
Author: Samuel Dash
47. "And I've always felt comfortable certainly in a courtroom because you're just performing. And there was a time in my life when I thought when I grew up I'd be a trial lawyer myself."
Author: Scott Bakula
48. "This is the time that I really miss being in my courtroom because I believe that that's the last place in this country where there's supposed to be fairness."
Author: Star Jones
49. "Mr Horsefry was a youngish man, not simply running to fat but vaulting, leaping and diving towards obesity. He had acquired at thirty an impressive selection of chins, and now they wobbled with angry pride.* * It is wrong to judge by appearances. Despite his expression, which was that of a piglet having a bright idea, and his mode of speech, which might put you in mind of a small, breathless, neurotic but ridiculously expensive dog, Mr Horsefry might well have been a kind, generous and pious man. In the same way, the man climbing out of your window in a stripy jumper, a mask and a great hurry might merely be lost on the way to a fancy-dress party, and the man in the wig and robes at the focus of the courtroom might only be a transvestite who wandered in out of the rain. Snap judgements can be so unfair."
Author: Terry Pratchett
50. "We are more casual about qualifying the people we allow to act as advocates in the courtroom than we are about licensing electricians."
Author: Warren E. Burger

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What's the most horrible experience you can imagine? To me—it's being left, unarmed, in a sealed cell with a drooling beast of prey or a maniac who's had some disease that's eaten his brain out. You'd have nothing then but your voice—your voice and your thought. You'd scream to that creature why it should not touch you, you'd have the most eloquent words, the unanswerable words, you'd become the vessel of the absolute truth. And you'd see living eyes watching you and you'd know that the thing can't hear you, that it can't be reached, not reached, not in any way, yet it's breathing and moving there before you with a purpose of its own. That's horror. Well, that's what's hanging over the world, prowling somewhere through mankind, that same thing, something closed, mindless, utterly wanton, but something with an aim and a cunning of its own."
Author: Ayn Rand

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