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Moot Points

Observations about the justice system from New Yorkers who've found themselves caught up in it.

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"It's about time law enforcement got as organized as organized crime."
~ Rudolph W. Giuliani, former New York mayor

"The overwhelming judgment regarding matrimonials today continues to be too much delay, too much money, too much pain."
~ Judith S. Kaye, New York chief judge

"Trial lawyers learn a good rule: 'Don't decide what you don't have to decide.' That's not evasion, it's wisdom."
~ Mario Cuomo, former New York governor

"It's so frustrating to sit back every day while people make these false accusations and spread rumors and draw awful cartoons and not be able to say anything because my lawyers have instructed me not to."
~ Lizzie Grubman, public relations adviser

"You just can't continue with a system where for every seven people who are executed, one innocent person is taken off death row. These are very bad numbers, and the American people feel that very strongly."
~ Barry C. Scheck, lawyer, Innocence Project

"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."
~ Jon Stewart, television host

"We must hold our lawmakers accountable and our courts responsible, or democracy and freedom of speech in America will soon become extinct."
~ Frank Serpico, former New York police officer

"The system was rotten, and no one seemed interested in fixing it. So we moved in."
~ Eliot Spitzer, New York attorney general

"Most lawyers who win a case advise their clients, 'We have won,' and when justice has frowned upon their cause ... 'You have lost.'"
~ Louis Nizer, lawyer, 1902-1994

"Judging is not a rote process; if it were, we'd have computers on the bench instead of men and women in black robes. There is a degree of subjectivity, especially in close cases. It's hard to believe the ideology of a nominee won't impact how he rules if confirmed."
~ Charles E. Schumer, U.S. senator


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