Its always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth. I dont really know what the truth is. I dont suppose anybody will ever really know. Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but were just gambling on probabilities - we may be wrong. We may be trying to let a guilty man go free, I dont know. Nobody really can. But we have a reasonable doubt, and thats something thats very valuable in our system. No jury can declare a man guilty unless its sure. .
#10: I dont mind telling you this, mister. We dont owe him a thing. He got a fair trial, didnt he? What do you think that trial cost? Hes lucky he got it. You know what I mean? Now look, were all grown-ups in here. We heard the facts, didnt we? Youre not gonna tell me that were supposed to believe this kid, knowing what he is. Listen, Ive lived among them all my life. You cant believe a word they say. You know that. I mean, theyre born liars. .
#8: But supposing he really did hear it. This phrase, how many times has each of us used it? Probably hundreds. I could kill you for that, darling. If you do that once more, junior, Im going to kill you. Come on, Rocky, get in there and kill him! We say it every day. It doesnt mean were going to kill someone. .
Judge: If theres a reasonable doubt in your minds as to the guilt of the accused, a reasonable doubt, then you must bring me a verdict of not guilty. If however, there is no reasonable doubt, then you must in good conscience find the accused guilty. However you decide, your verdict must be unanimous. In the event that you find the accused guilty, the bench will not entertain a recommendation for mercy. The death sentence is mandatory in this case. You are faced with a grave responsibility. Thank you, gentlemen. .
#8: Look, this kids been kicked around all of his life. You know, born in a slum. Mother dead since he was nine. He lived for a year and a half in an orphanage when his father was serving a jail term for forgery. Thats not a very happy beginning. Hes a wild, angry kid, and thats all hes ever been. And you know why, because hes been hit on the head by somebody once a day, every day. Hes had a pretty miserable eighteen years. I just think we owe him a few words, thats all. .
#10: I dont understand you people! I mean all these picky little points you keep bringing up. They dont mean nothin. You saw this kid just like I did. Youre not gonna tell me you believe that phony story about losing the knife, and that business about being at the movies. Look, you know how these people lie! Its born in them! I mean what the heck? I dont even have to tell you. They dont know what the truth is! And, lemme tell you, they dont need any real big reason to kill someone, either! No sir! .
#10: Most of em, its like they have no feelings! They can do anything! Whats goin on here? Im trying to tell you were makin a big mistake, you people! This kids a liar! I know it. I know all about them! I mean, whats happenin here? Im speaking my piece, and you .
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