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  • The defendant is confident she will be found innocent.
  • The jury did not know about the defendant had a long criminal history.
  • In the weeks preceding that date the defense attorneys frequently consulted the defendants.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • Unlike the other three defendants, Wes had decided to take his case to trial.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • What did the defendant do?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • the defendant’s motive for committing murder
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Not a single innocent defendant in so many cases?
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we’re just gambling on probabilities.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • Later she tells cops that she thought it could have been either the defendant or the other guy.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky

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  • It is important to the concept of the play that the town is visible always, looming there, as much on trial as the individual defendant.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • I said nothing, on my face I registered the bleak look of a defendant who knows the court will never be swayed by all the favorable evidence he has.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Consent was easier to prove than under normal conditions—the defendant had only one arm.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • About 90 percent of criminal defendants plead guilty.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Tom Robinson, the wrongly accused black defendant, is found guilty.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • A moment later, Judge Judy was speaking over both the defendant and the plaintiff, just to get them to shut up, which seemed to be the predictable, recurring theme of the show.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • While you were supposed to get a retrial at your eighteenth birthday, in the last year or so, pretty much every juvenile defendant had been found guilty.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Representing the defendant, Judge.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • For the sake of its historical and sociological significance it has to be pointed out that of all of Hoss’s co-defendants at the postwar trials in Poland and Germany—those satraps and second-string butchers who made up the SS ranks at Auschwitz and other camps—only a handful had a military background.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Just as I had decided that one man, a rather moth-eaten specimen with an enormous sporran made of an entire badger, was accusing his neighbor of nothing less than murder, arson, and wife-stealing, Colum raised his eyebrows and said something quick in Gaelic that had both complainant and defendant clutching their sides with laughter.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In both cases it seemed the cops were as much on trial as any possible defendants.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Like a defendant about to hear the verdict.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The policeman who had arrested Roark took the stand to tell how he had found the defendant standing by the electric plunger.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He sued ten defendants in all, and several of the Hopkins employees involved had never heard of Cofield or Henrietta Lacks before their subpoenas arrived.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • What was the defendant wearing?
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • We extract the following from the speech of Hon. Horace Mann, one of the legal counsel for the defendants in that case.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I am a sworn defendant of the Catholic Church.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • When court convened at the next term the court and sheriff were bolstered by sixty militiamen, but by then the defendant was not available for trial.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • But the law demands that the defendant’s side be represented on the record.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Ten months later, the trials of Class B and C defendants—those accused of ordering or carrying out abuse or atrocities—were ended.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • At the moment of this entrance, the defendant’s lawyer had just finished his plea.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We find the death of Vergible Woods to be entirely accidental and justifiable, and that no blame should rest upon the defendant Janie Woods.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Ultimately the defendants (the crew of another ship) came up with the whale, struck, killed, seized, and finally appropriated it before the very eyes of the plaintiffs.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He called himself for the plaintiff, there was no getting over his evidence, the counsel for the defendant threw up his brief, and the jury did not even turn to consider.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • In which predicament, I say, thou stand’st; For it appears by manifest proceeding That indirectly, and directly too, Thou hast contrived against the very life Of the defendant; and thou hast incurr’d The danger formerly by me rehears’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • The judge rapped for order and asked, "Is the defendant ready to enter a plea to this indictment?"
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Judges remand young defendants to his authority.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The young person was treated by defendant as if she were his very own daughter.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In 1996, when Goetz went to trial a second time, as the defendant in a civil suit brought by Darrell Cabey, the case was all but ignored by the press, and Goetz himself seemed almost an anachronism.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I have already some acquaintance with the law — as a defendant on civil process — and I shall immediately apply myself to the Commentaries of one of the most eminent and remarkable of our English jurists.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Stubberd continued: "When I had proceeded to the spot I saw defendant at another spot, namely, the gutter."
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • As an appellate court judge he had never had to look a defendant in the eye; he’d just reviewed the law in a detached way.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • We find for the defendant, Jabez Stone.
    Stephen Vincent Benét  --  The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • The lawsuit named Paul, the hospital, and the anesthesiologist as defendants.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • When she talked to you she had a nagging, bidding way and was tough, a hard judge, and you a defendant.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • We have shown that the defendant could not have fired the shot.
    James Thurber  --  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Seventeen people were made defendants to that simple suit!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Mandela and the other defendants in the treason trial were kept in jail for five months during the state of emergency.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Two great elements of drama were missing: the actual cause for which the President was being tried was not fundamental to the welfare of the nation; and the defendant himself was at all times absent.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • This defendant was small and delicately proportioned—the kind of guy who grew up being the punch line to high school jokes.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
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