The defendant removed his gloves and started toward the victim. Mr. Farley, still teasing, said: 'Ooo, he's taking his gloves off.' The defendant then pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed the victim in the neck. He also stabbed Mr. Farley in the arm as he fell to the floor. Mr. Farley looked up and cried: 'Man, I was just kidding around.' The defendant responded: 'Well, man, you should have never hit me in my face.
Imposition of the death penalty is arbitrary and capricious. Decision of who will live and who will die for his crime turns less on the nature of the offense and the incorrigibility of the offender and more on inappropriate and indefensible considerations: the political and personal inclinations of prosecutors; the defendant's wealth, race and intellect; the race and economic status of the victim; the quality of the defendant's counsel; and the resources allocated to defense lawyers.
It is an established principle of jurisprudence in all civilized nations that the sovereign cannot be sued in its own courts, or in any other, without its consent and permission; but it may, if it thinks proper, waive this privilege, and permit itself to be made a defendant in a suit by individuals, or by another State.
Roger B. Taney
As one who was a prosecutor for many years, I can tell you that having a tape recording of interrogations would help everybody. It would make clear if there had been improper pressure exerted on a defendant or witness, and it would also protect the interrogating officer from false claims that such pressure had been brought to bear.
Jurors realize that instead of having to make that terrible decision (voting for the death penalty), they can vote to put someone in prison and ensure that defendant is no longer a harm to society. It makes it easier for them to return a verdict of life without the possibility of parole.
Robert Falcon Scott
But you begin to feel as you go on working that unless painting proves its right to exist by being critical and self-judging, it has no reason to exist at all - or is not even possible. The canvas is a court where the artist is prosecutor, defendant, jury and judge. Art without a trial disappears at a glance.
Therefore, in my incontrovertible capacity as plaintiff and defendant judge and accused, I condemn this nature, which has so brazenly and unceremoniously inflicted this suffering... since I am unable to destroy Nature, I am destroying myself, solely out of weariness of having to endure a tyranny in which there is no guilty party.
If a juror feels that the statute involved in any criminal offence is unfair, or that it infringes upon the defendant's natural god-given unalienable or constitutional rights, then it is his duty to affirm that the offending statute is really no law at all and that the violation of it is no crime at all, for no one is bound to obey an unjust law.
Harlan F. Stone
From the very beginning, our state and national constitutions and laws have laid great emphasis on procedural and substantive safeguards designed to assure fair trials before impartial tribunals in which every defendant stands equal before the law. This noble ideal cannot be realized if the poor man charged with crime has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.
Well, did he do it?" She always asked the irrelevant question. It didn't matter in terms of the strategy of the case whether the defendant "did it" or not. What mattered was the evidence against him - the proof - and if and how it could be neutralized. My job was to bury the proof, to color the proof a shade of gray. Gray was the color of reasonable doubt.
Well, did he do it?" She always asked the irrelevant question. It didn't matter in terms of the strategy of the case whether the defendant "did it" or not. What mattered was the evidence against him -- the proof -- and if and how it could be neutralized. My job was to bury the proof, to color the proof a shade of gray. Gray was the color of reasonable doubt.
[A 2005 response to doping allegations] Unfortunately, the witch hunt continues and tomorrow's article is nothing short of tabloid journalism. The paper even admits in its own article that the science in question here is faulty and that I have no way to defend myself. They state: 'There will therefore be no counter-exam nor regulatory prosecutions, in a strict sense, since defendant's rights cannot be respected.' I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance enhancing drugs.
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
In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, 'I see you're an astrophysicist. What's that?' I answer, 'Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe-the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.' Then he asks, 'What do you teach at Princeton?' and I say, 'I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.' Five minutes later, I'm on the street. A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1, 700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we'd like to ask the court, and I say, 'Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1, 700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The 'thousand' cancels with the 'milli-' and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.' Again I'm out on the street.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal-there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court. It can be the Supreme Court of the United States or the humblest J.P. court in the land, or this honorable court which you serve. Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal. I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system-that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and ajury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty.
FORCED INTO THE STAGELIGHT / A WEAK, WAN AND MARBLED HIDE / DISGORGED UP TO JUGDEMENT / SHARP CRACKS OF THE GAVEL GREAT CAPS IN A ROW / THEIR FINE MYSTERY CERTAIN / AND THE BALCONY HEAVES WITH OLD FAMILIARTS, LECHERS AND TREASON THE PRISONER'S STANCE / A CALM ACCEPTANCE IN THE STIFLING SCOWL OF THE HANGING JUDGE / THE DEFENDANT SPEAKS... WHERE AM I NOW THAT YOU COULD DELIVER ME? / I HAVE LIVED OVER CLOUDS AND BENEATH THE DEEPEST SEA I SANG FROM THE CAVERNS AS THE ROCKS PEELED AND BROKE WITH TREES / I WAS ORIGIN, EVERYTHING. WHO COULD DELIVER ME? FOR I WAS A BLAZE IN YOUR SHALLOW DUSK / THE WINDING BERTH OF STARS / WHERE LONELY GAVELS POUND THE EARTH TO WORK IT DARK WITH SCARS / BUT I TIRE OF THE CHASE, THE HARVEST MONOPOLY / HOW YOU BORE WITH YOUR DELICATE GRACES AND CHARITY / I'LL SOOTHE QUIET DESIRES AND THE ACHE OF THE EVERGREEN / AND THEN HOW SHALL I WAIT - FOR JUDGEMENT OR CLARITY? FOR I AM YOUR ACHE AND YOUR REVERIE / YOUR WILD DESIRE AND COLOUR / AND IN MY FLAWS ADORN THE COURT / THE PIVOT OF MY GARDEN DELIVER YOUR JUDGEMENT / MY CHANCERY, PAUSE TO DECIDE DELIVER YOUR JUDGEMENT / MY GARDEN, MY FLOWERS OF LIGHT
During voir dire, the interviews for jury selection, each person is asked under oath about their experience with the criminal justice system, as defendant or victim, but usually not even the most elementary effort is made to corroborate those claims. One ADA [Associate District Attorney] told me about inheriting a murder case, after the first jury deadlocked. He checked the raps for the jurors and found that four had criminal records. None of those jurors were prosecuted. Nor was it policy to prosecute defense witnesses who were demonstrably lying-by providing false alibis, for example-because, as another ADA told me, if they win the case, they don't bother, and if they lose, "it looks like sour grapes." A cop told me about a brawl at court one day, when he saw court officers tackle a man who tried to escape from the Grand Jury. An undercover was testifying about a buy when the juror recognized him as someone he had sold to. Another cop told me about locking up a woman for buying crack, who begged for a Desk Appearance Ticket, because she had to get back to court, for jury duty-she was the forewoman on a Narcotics case, of course. The worst part about these stories is that when I told them to various ADAs, none were at all surprised; most of those I'd worked with I respected, but the institutionalized expectations were abysmal. They were too used to losing and it showed in how they played the game.