Criminal Defense Quotes

“To declare that in the administration of criminal law, the end justifies the means, is to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.”
Louis D. Brandeis
“I am no longer a criminal. I gave up that practice years ago.”
Ronald Biggs
“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.”
Robert Kennedy
“Nearly every day on the television set the hero cop breaks into the bad guy’s house and beats a confession out of him and we cheer on the cop. Propaganda smears our clear vision. It causes us to accept the diminishment of our constitutional protections as something to be lauded – after all, the cop was protecting us.”
Gerry Spence
“The very premise of our adversary system of criminal justice is that partisan advocacy on both sides of a case will best promote the ultimate objective that the guilty be convicted and the innocent go free.”
Herring v. New York, 422 U.S. 853, 862 (1975)

“We, as criminal defense lawyers, are forced to deal with some of the lowest people on earth, people who have no sense of right and wrong, people who will lie in court to get what they want, people who do not care who gets hurt in the process. It is our job–our sworn duty–as criminal defense lawyers, to protect our clients from those people.”
Cynthia Roseberry