He's a two-faced, cutthroat, dirt-dumb, chicken shit, slimy, little bastard with a bright future in politics.

The Constitution names only three federal offenses: treason, piracy, and counterfeiting. Today there are over forty-five hundred federal crimes, and the number continues to grow as Congress gets tougher on crime and federal prosecutors become more creative in finding ways to apply all their new laws.

They had this large, cluttered room—come to think of it, they called it the war room.

Samantha nodded smugly as if it were just another day in court. She pretended to be captivated by a document, frowning and underlining some terribly important words, while wanting to yell, I can't believe it either. This is my first trial!

I wished i were seven feet tall. I'd hop up there and attack ol' Samson while the crowd went wild. I'd whip him good, send him flying, and become the biggest hero in Black Oak. But, for now, I could only boo him.

As a society, we adhere to the belief in a fair trial for a person accused of a serious crime, but some of us struggle when it comes to the business of providing a competent lawyer to guarantee said fair trial. Lawyers like me live with the question But how do you represent such scum?

The relief came from the sudden realization that she had just been freed from a job she despised.

A man shrewd enough and clever enough to amass such a fortune in ten years does not throw together.

The theory was simple: If a man had enough sense to accumulate a bunch of cash, then he would certainly make a worthy U.S senator.

Burr holes are made in the skull, and a power saw is used to fashion a bone flap more or less like the top of a cookie jar (fig. 2). The dura mater—a membrane.

Appalachia was Appalachia, regardless of boundaries someone had set an eternity ago. A land of breathtaking beauty, of steep hills and rolling mountains.

I've never understood people who grind through a book they don't really like, determined to finish it for some unknown reason.

Some of his transactions involved Ada policemen, specifically one Dennis Corvin, whom Gore described as a primary supplier.

Since 1990, Oklahoma has executed more convicts on a per capita basis than any other state. No place, not even Texas, comes close.

Who'll try it? Samantha asked.

Judith insisted he attend some crunchy little granola academy where all plastic is forbidden and all the teachers wear thick wool socks and old sandals.

I've loved you all my life. Even before we met. Part of it wasn't even you. It was just a promise of you.

You're old. You're senile. You're too calm about this. Something must be wrong...

James Lee Burke.

There are few things I like better in life than getting lost in a good book.

Live your life the way you want. You'll figure it out.

In the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus teaches the importance of forgiveness. He knows we're human and our natural tendency is to seek revenge, to strike back, to condemn those who hurt us, but this is wrong. We're supposed to forgive, always.

There are three types of words: words we all know, words we should know, and words nobody knows. Don't use the third category.

Well, in my defense, I was walking the floor at three this morning with her latest child. I think it's a girl. What's her name?

I hate prologues because they're kind of gimmicks to suck you in.

Privileged people don't march and protest; their world is safe and clean and governed by laws designed to keep them happy.

He made a mistake, one that would send him to death row and eventually cost him his freedom for life.

Theo explained, in what he thought was perfect Spanish, that Julio needed extra help with his algebra. Evidently, she did not understand perfect Spanish because she asked Julio what Theo was talking about.

If the video camera was loaded with a tape, it was never seen. If Detective Smith made a report of the interview, it was never produced in the legal proceedings that followed.

Hardy said Ricky might be locked up in some institution for months, maybe years, if the doctors weren't told the truth about what the boys witnessed. Hardy was okay, not too bright, and he was making the mistake of talking to Mark as if he were five years old instead of eleven.

Bram v. United States, said that a statement must be free and voluntary, not extracted by any sorts of threats or violence or promises, however slight. A confession obtained from an accused who has been threatened cannot be admissible.

Her shoes were short heels, open toe, no straps, red leather, high-class-tart stuff.

Critics should find meaningful work.

We learned after the first semester in law school that it's best never to discuss exams. If notes are compared afterwards, you become painfully aware of things you missed.

And now, with one semester to go, Mark was staring miserably at the reality of graduating with a combined total, undergrad and law school, principal and interest, of $266,000 in debt.

There's an old adage in bad trial lawyering that when you don't have the facts, do a lot of yelling.

On the downside, there are pretty serious motivational problems, especially among the young. Why go to college and pursue a career when your income is guaranteed for life? Why try and find a job?

Life is short..Live to the fullest..

As Mike Roberts watched Tommy enter the building, he could not imagine that the boy was taking his last steps in the free world. The rest of his life would be behind prison walls.

The human body was not meant for such abuse. After about six months they lost steam.

With nothing to lose, David decided to roll the dice and.

In his haste to get his client on and off the stand with as little damage as possible, Barney neglected to rebut most of the allegations from the state's witnesses. Ron could have explained his dream confession to Rogers and Featherstone the night after his arrest.

When witnesses concoct lies, they often miss the obvious.

It's just as well that we don't believe in fair trials because we damned sure don't have them. The presumption of innocence is now the presumption of guilt. The burden of proof is a travesty because the proof is often lies. Guilt beyond a reasonable doubt means if he probably did it, then let's get him off the streets.

We've sent 130 men to death row to be executed in this country, at least 130 that we know of, who have later have been exonerated because they were either innocent, or they were not fairly tried. That's 130 people that we've locked down on death row. And they've spent years there.

Americans no longer experience vacations. They simply Sony them so they can ignore them for the rest of the year.

Boone suggested Theo go home, take.

I don't trust judges. Perhaps it's the nature of my profession. I like knockouts, not decisions.

I thought they were honest.' ‘They are, but they're bankers, remember.