When you come in to court as a plaintiff or as a defendant, it is terribly important that you look up at the bench and feel that that person represents you and will understand you, that that person is reflective of our community and of our society.
A defendant on trial for a specific crime is entitled to his day in court, not in a stadium or a city or nationwide arena.
The defendant wants to hide the truth because he's generally guilty.
The defense attorney's job is to make sure the jury does not arrive at that truth.
To exclude all jurors who would be in the slightest way affected by the prospect of the death penalty would be to deprive the defendant of the impartial jury to which he or she is entitled under the law.
To force a lawyer on a defendant can only lead him to believe that the law contrives against him.
Here we have a situation where a defendant in a case agrees to an interview with Dan Rather. It happened to be not confidential. But it was an interview with Dan Rather.
The grand jury, composed of 12 eminent New Orleans citizens, heard our evidence and indicted the defendant for participation in a conspiracy to assassinate John Kennedy.