"I've never stabbed an adversary in the back.
When I go after them, it's always from the front."
usually like me because they see how hard I fight for my clients."
"There are a thousand versions of a lie but only one version of
"Let's face it, I'm very aggressive by nature; I guess my
courtroom style just comes naturally as a result of it."
About the race trials......"no
one bothered to say that I'd always had a very large African American clientele, a lot
of whom offered me moral and physical support during these trials.
They knew that what I do is my job ---keep clients out of the goddamned
"You form a special bond
with someone in a serious trial who ends up with an acquittal; a bond that
will always exist between you."
"I come from the street. My practice is in Brooklyn where
loyalty counts. My job is to keep my clients from being convicted, not to
make friends at their expense.
"Clients don't come to me to cop pleas. They usually want
to go to trial. To stay out of jail."
"Aggressiveness is the essence of cross-examination. That was always