I'm sure I took some licks at the system, and at trials and lawyers in general. I've seen enough of them for so many years both as a cop and a defendant in defamation cases.

— Joseph Wambaugh

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The O.J. Simpson case, they had no understanding of that DNA evidence, and didn't want to.

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No one I know of has ever had this experience-where you had to sit and wait and wait for a DNA test to come back just so you can write the last page of the book.

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It`s corruption never been systemic, because a fish rots from the head

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The Onion Field, that one got pretty close to me because I was a cop when it happened. I saw some of the indifference that my police department showed to the surviving officer.

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The Onion Field made a real writer. And then I knew it was over, I couldn't be a cop anymore.

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The serial arsonist is the most difficult to apprehend because the evidence is burned up.

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Today, lawyers are attacking more; they're attacking everything. A good example is the O.J. Simpson case.

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I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction; that gives me some pleasure, being a detective again.

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Jury selection is strictly an emotional process.

They're looking for people they can manipulate. Both sides are.

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When I interview people accused of capital offenses, I never even ask if they did it. I would consider that unprofessional.

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Every time I write a nonfiction book I get sued.

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What I didn't know was that if I didn't stand with my back to the wall, Hollywood people would unscrew my ass and sell it down the river.

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About Joseph Wambaugh

Quotes 24 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday January 22, 1937

If you take 67 brush fires times 10 years, that's almost 700 right there.

Those brush fires are incredibly dangerous, all those homes going down proved that.

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The time has come for professional jurors.

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What is it about the component of fire? People have written about it. People have wondered about it.

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Civil servants take forever to do anything.

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I enjoy adapting my own work, or anybody's work. I like to adapt books.

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Probably 95 percent of the things that are written never get on the screen.

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Perhaps it had nothing to do with sin and everything to do with sociopathy, that most incurable of human disorders because all so afflicted consider themselves blessed rather than cursed.

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I certainly believe it's over for the jury system, but we won't admit it for a while.

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I was never a wet-eyed, passionate writer; I was always a policeman.

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I hadn't done anything in six years; I was just vegetating.

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I write a thousand words a day. Nothing will stop me, I mean nothing, until the book is finished. I'm disciplined in spite of myself.

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