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" It's every lawyer's dream to help shape the law, not just react to it. "
" A criminal trial is never about seeking justice for the victim. If it were, there could be only one verdict: guilty. "
" When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone. It's a display of terrible intolerance. "
" I think that lawyers are terrible at admitting that they're wrong. And not just admitting it - also realizing it. "
" Asymmetrical warfare is a euphemism for terrorism, just like collateral damage is a euphemism for killing innocent civilians. "
" We don't have an Official Secrets Act in the United States, as other countries do. Under the First Amendment, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of association are more important than protecting secrets. "
" If torture is going to be administered as a last resort in the ticking-bomb case, to save enormous numbers of lives, it ought to be done openly, with accountability, with approval by the president of the United States or by a Supreme Court justice. "
" Every lawsuit results from somebody doing something wrong. If everybody did right, we wouldn't need laws. "
" Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent. "
Freedom Of Speech
" The threat or fear of violence should not become an excuse or justification for restricting freedom of speech. "
" Candor and accountability in a democracy is very important. Hypocrisy has no place. "
" It's never acceptable to target civilians. It violates the Geneva Accords, it violates the international law of war and it violates all principles of morality. "
" You know, it's ironic to me that Christians want to keep the Ten Commandments in our schools, because Christianity has abrogated four of the Ten Commandments. For example, the Sabbath day according to the Ten Commandments is Saturday, not Sunday. And the reason is because God rested, not because Jesus was resurrected. "
" Good character consists of recognizing the selfishness that inheres in each of us and trying to balance it against the altruism to which we should all aspire. It is a difficult balance to strike, but no definition of goodness can be complete without it. "
" I'm a very tough guy, and I fight hard, and I don't give up. And that makes me friends and that makes me enemies, and I know that. "
" I love discomfort. I mean, my whole life is discomfort. One reason I can never retire is that the idea of just sitting on the beach totally comfortable is not a desideratum in my life. I like ambiguity, I like conflict, I like uncertainly. "
" In my neighborhood, everyone had an opinion on the local cantor. You didn't go to a synagogue to listen to the rabbi's sermon. You went to listen to the cantor. It was like a concert. "
" We all learn in school that the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government must check and balance each other. But other non state institutions must participate in this important system of checks and balances as well. These checking institutions include the academy, the media, religious institutions and NGOs. "
" Being offended by freedom of speech should never be regarded as a justification for violence. "
Freedom Of Speech
" I can't find anything in the Constitution that says you prefer the life of the mother, or the convenience of the mother if it's an abortion by choice, over the potential life of the fetus. Look, I think women, if they're required to not have abortions, could die and could - so I favor a woman's right to choose. "
" Scientists search for truth. Philosophers search for morality. A criminal trial searches for only one result: proof beyond a reasonable doubt. "
" Juries are not computers. They are composed of human beings who evaluate evidence differently. "
" I never had a strategy about my life. I didn't have enough information to have a strategy. I'm the first person in my family to go to college. I had no family mentors. "
" Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you're moral, saying you're moral is not the same as acting morally. "
" A good lawyer knows how to shut up when he's won his case. "