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  • Wh- oh yes, you mean why do I pretend? Well, it's very simple," he said. "Some folks don't- like the way I live. Now I could say the hell with 'em, I don't care if they don't like it. I do say I don't care if they don't like it, right enough- but I don't say the hell with 'em, see?"
  • "Take a good sip, it'll quieten you."
  • "Then you just pretend you're half-? I beg your pardon, sir," Icaught myself. "
  • "You mean all you drink in that sack's Coca-Cola? Just plain Coca-Cola?"
  • "Scout, it's nothing but Coca-Cola."
  • "Dill, watch out"
  • "I shall be brief, but I would like to use my remaining time with you to remind you that this case is not a difficult one, it requires no minute sifting of complicated facts, but it does require you to be sure beyond all reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant. To begin with, this case should never have come to trial. This case is as simple as black and white.
  • (nodded)
  • "With the court's permission-"
  • (He unhitched his watch and chain and placed them on the table)
  • "But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal- there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court. It can be the Supreme Court of the United States or the humblest J.P. court in the land, or this honorable court which you serve. Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers ,and in our courts all men are created equal.
  • "I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system- that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty."
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