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If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.
In fact, for all kinds of offenses - and, for no offenses - from murders to misdemeanors, men and women are put to death without judge or jury; so that, although the political excuse was no longer necessary, the wholesale murder of human beings went on just the same.
Ida B. Wells
When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
A fox should not be on the jury at a goose's trial.
The jury consist of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
It's not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even - or rather, especially - when we'd prefer not to be.
The defendant wants to hide the truth because he's generally guilty. The defense attorney's job is to make sure the jury does not arrive at that truth.
Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.
There is no such thing as an impartial jury because there are no impartial people. There are people that argue on the web for hours about who their favorite character on 'Friends' is.
There are two other SLA members who have been granted immunity and then also, one of the SLA members had confessed to two other people, and those people, I'm sure, will be called as witnesses, as they were at the grand jury.
The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.
H. L. Mencken
I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
A State which has universal suffrage and a wide extension of the jury franchise, must qualify the people by education to rightly exercise the great powers with which they are invested.
As I said last week in the wake of the grand jury decision, I think Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St. Louis or that area, and is not unique to our time, and that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.
We operate under a jury system in this country, and as much as we complain about it, we have to admit that we know of no better system, except possibly flipping a coin.
A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.
The jury could get the case as early as next week, but the defense says they just want to introduce one last-minute load of crap.
If the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law.
Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury.
Those who deny the right of a jury to protect an individual in resisting an unjust law of the government, deny him all defence whatsoever against oppression.
My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. But I don't think I would have been very happy. I'd be in front of the jury singing.
But for their right to judge of the law, and the justice of the law, juries would be no protection to an accused person, even as to matters of fact; for, if the government can dictate to a jury any law whatever, in a criminal case, it can certainly dictate to them the laws of evidence.
In the courtroom, it's where a lawyer really becomes an actor. There's a very fine line between delivering a monologue in a play and delivering a monologue to a jury. I've always felt that way - I've been in a lot of courtrooms. The best lawyers are really theatrical.
It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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