A thousand times rather would I have confessed myself guilty of the crime ascribed to Justine, but I was absent when it was committed, and such a declaration would have been considered as the ravings of a madman and would not have exculpated her who suffered through me.
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She thinks the evidence will exculpate her client.
It is my sincere hope that this book does not come across as self-congratulatory or self-exculpatory.