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And Justice For All Monologue

And Justice For All by Valerie Curtin & Barry Levinson
Character: Arthur Kirkland
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes


Arthur Kirkland: Your Honor, Mr. Foreman, ladies and gentlemen of the Jury, my name is Arthur Kirkland, and I am the Defense Counsel for the Defendant, Judge Henry T. Fleming. Now, that man over there -- he's the prosecuting attorney, and he couldn't be happier today. He is a happy man today, because today he's going after a JUDGE, and if he gets him...if he gets him, he's gonna be a star. He's gonna have his name in this month's Law Review - Centerfold! Lawyer of the Month! Now, in order to win this case, he needs you, naturally. You're all he's got, believe me. So he's counting on tapping that emotion in you that says "Let's get somebody in power. Let's get a JUDGE." However, these proceedings are not about that. These proceedings are here to see that Justice is done. And Justice, as any reasonable person will tell you, is the finding of the Truth. And what is the Truth today? One truth, a tragic one, is that that girl has been beaten and raped. Another truth is that the prosecution doesn't have a witness, does not have one piece of substantiating evidence other than the testimony of the victim herself. Another truth is that my client voluntarily, and the prosecution is well aware of this fact, voluntarily took a lie detector test...