Presumed Innocent Quotes
[narrating] The murder of Carolyn Polhemus remains unsolved. It is a practical impossibility to try two people for the same crime. Even if it wasn't, I couldn't take his mother from my son. I am a prosecutor. I have spent my life in the assignment of blame. With all deliberation and intent, I reached for Carolyn. I cannot pretend it was an accident. I reached for Carolyn, and set off that insane mix of rage and lunacy that led one human being to kill another. There was a crime. There was a victim. And there is punishment.Rusty Sabich
I have reflected on this case at great lengths, ladies and gentlemen. Now I understand the prosecutors have suspicions. Perhaps Mr. Sabich was there that night. They might be entitled to that inference. And before yesterday, I might have even said that there were reasonable grounds for those suspicions. Now, I'm not so sure. After yesterday, there is no proof of motive here. There is no evidence that there ever was an intimate relationship between the defendant and Ms. Polhemus. There is no proof so far as I am concerned to give a reasonable person grounds to believe that they had carnal relations on the night of her death. In point of fact, there's not one shred of direct proof that Mr. Sabich murdered Ms. Polhemus. So under these circumstances, I cannot allow this trial to continue. Mr. Sabich, you are discharged, sir. And I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am that any of this has taken place. Not even the pleasure of seeing you free can make up for this... this disgrace to the cause of justice. I wish you Godspeed. Case dismissed.Judge Larren Lyttle
Sandy Stern: Your honor, before we begin our presentation, I would like to make a motion...
Judge Larren Lyttle: Make a motion for dismissal?
Sandy Stern: Yes, your honor.
Judge Larren Lyttle: Sit down counselor.
Rusty Sabich: Sandy, How did you know what was behind Larren's fear of the B File?
Sandy Stern: Ahh, you question the judge's integrity?
Rusty Sabich: With good reason, wouldn't you say? You knew that file didn't have a damn thing to do with my case and yet you let Larren know you'd drag it in at any opportunity. That it would come out he was taking bribes. You blackmailed him, Sandy.
Sandy Stern: We speak now, tonight, and then these things are never spoken of again, agreed? Larren's divorce left him in a state of disorder. He was drinking much too heavily and he fell into a relationship with a beautiful, but uh, self-serving woman. The truth is, Larren's behavior became so bad that he wanted to resign from the bench. Raymond Horgan talked him out of it.
Rusty Sabich: Raymond knew he was taking bribes?
Sandy Stern: Larren told him. Raymond cleaned up the North side and he also rescued a distinguished mind and career that does honor to the bench. I believe Larren today did what he thought was just. You tell me, Rusty. Was justice done?
Raymond Horgan: Whats the hell is happening with Carolyn?
Rusty Sabich: Well, everything is in the works, I reassigned all of her cases, and this afternoon I gotta deal with all the stuff that Molto left us...
Raymond Horgan: Wait, wait, wait, wait... whats all of this reassignment shit? Goddamnit Rusty, I told you to give this investigation top priority! For Christsakes, look, Nicco is eating me alive with thing, the election is in ten days. If you don't have Carolyn's killer for us in ten days we are both history. Goddamnit, turn over all of that administrative bullshit to Mac.
Rusty Sabich: Mac's got more than she can handle already Raymond. Let me remind you we lost two key PA's in one day, and all you have time for is the damned election, I've gotta run the office!
Raymond Horgan: FUCK the office! Don't you understand what is happening here? If you don't find me a killer there is no FUCKING OFFICE! Now you listen to me, I want you right on top of Carolyn's case you understand? I want you to run out every ground ball, and I want you to do it in an orderly GODDAMNED FASHION! Start acting like a fucking professional!
Rusty Sabich: You think I killed her.
Det. Lipranzer: The lady was bad news.
Rusty Sabich: So that makes it okay that I killed her.
Det. Lipranzer: Did ya?
Rusty Sabich: Oh, pal.
Det. Lipranzer: How ya doin'? Christmas Present.
[takes out glass which was a key piece of evidence that went missing during the trial]
Rusty Sabich: You're sticking your neck out pretty far on this one, Lip.
Det. Lipranzer: It was them that fucked up. Remember when they came around and gathered all the evidence? The glass wasn't there, I took it down to Dickerman. The next day, I get a call. The test is done, I can come pick up my glass. But when I went down there, Molto had signed "returned to evidence." I guess they figured I'd put it back. Only, I got no place to put it since it ain't my Goddamned case anymore. So I tossed the thing in my drawer. I figure sooner or later someone's gotta ask me about it. No one did.
The jury is going to remember Caroline tortured to death. They'll want someone to pay for the crime.Rusty Sabich
Barbara Sabich: You're still in love with her.
Rusty Sabich: It was never love.
Barbara Sabich: Then what was it?
Rusty Sabich: It was never love.
I'm going to need a lawyer, a very, very good lawyer, an expensive lawyer. It could break us.Rusty Sabich
There are 150 lawyers down there. Couldn't they find someone who didn't fuck her to handle the case?Barbara Sabich
I like you Rusty, but I think it's over... It's just not right for me. It's over... I don't want us to end enemies.Caroline Polhemus