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The court of last resort is no longer the Supreme Court. It's 'Nightline.'

I understand that it's good tactics to categorize me as a close-minded, unobjective extremist, but nobody that respects me has those views.

Candor and accountability in a democracy is very important. Hypocrisy has no place.

Great research universities must insist on independence from government and on the exercise of academic freedom.

The Internet knows no national borders.

There are two kinds of terrorism. Rational terrorism such as Palestinian terrorism and apocalyptic terrorism like Sept. 11. You have to distinguish between the two.

Well, many insane people and seriously mentally ill people seem very reasonable.

No country in the history of the world has ever contributed more to humankind and accomplished more for its people in so brief a period of time as Israel has done since its relatively recent rebirth in 1948.

Well, first of all, no professor should be able to say, I refuse to defend my position. I refuse to debate my position.

Asymmetrical warfare is a euphemism for terrorism, just like collateral damage is a euphemism for killing innocent civilians.

Juries are not computers. They are composed of human beings who evaluate evidence differently.

We don't have an Official Secrets Act in the United States, as other countries do. Under the First Amendment, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of association are more important than protecting secrets.

I charge my wealthy clients a lot and put 10 per cent in a fund which I use to pay the expenses of my poorer clients. When the government gangs up on the poor schnook in the street, someone has to stand up for him.

I think that lawyers are terrible at admitting that they're wrong. And not just admitting it; also realizing it. Most lawyers are very successful, and they think that because they're making money and people think well of them, they must be doing everything right.

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.

I've thought hard about my psychological connections and I think I've managed to separate out the psychological from the legal, moral, and political.

A criminal trial is never about seeking justice for the victim. If it were, there could be only one verdict: guilty.

I think we're seeing privacy diminish, not by laws... but by young people who don't seem to value their privacy.

If America has the right to target Osama bin Laden, or terrorists, of course Israel has the right to defend itself from terrorism.

Scientists search for truth. Philosophers search for morality. A criminal trial searches for only one result: proof beyond a reasonable doubt.