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“We could not afford ourselves. If I had a problem, there is no way I would hire me.” — Mark Osborn, a candidate for president-elect of the State Bar of Texas, referring to the legal fees he and his opponent Harper Estes charge. “There is virtually no chance that this ordinance will have any effect on immigration in the state of Texas, and they know that. They are smart people on the other side. The purpose, or the intended effect, is to drive Hispanics out of the community. That is unconstitutional.” — William Brewer, a partner in Dallas-based Bickel & Brewer, on the Farmers Branch immigration ordinance debate. “Name calling is not an argument, and I tell people to drop the vitriol, and let’s get down to the brass tacks. For the vast majority of Americans, our nation’s laws are being flouted by illegal immigrants, and they want that stopped.” — David Koch, a Farmers Branch City Council member and partner in Dallas’ Hance Scarborough Wright Ginsberg & Brusilow, on the Farmers Branch immigration ordinance debate. “The cameras are great. The only people I’m hearing that don’t want them are the bad guys. There have been a few people talking about [whether] it’s Big Brother. The way the world is, it’s not Big Brother. We don’t live in the ’50s anymore. We have bad people out there.” — Community activist Sharon Boyd, referring to the placement of surveillance cameras in downtown Dallas. “We ask a lot of folks to walk away from their normal existence . . . step in, change gears and mete out justice, often in the most horrific of cases, and then magically transition right back to their normal workaday lives. And to expect there is not going to be ramifications for that, I think, is unrealistic.” — State Rep. Juan Garcia, D-Corpus Christi, regarding the reasoning behind his juror-counseling bill, H.B. 3416. “This is my perfect age group. The people I’m going after [as clients] are on MySpace. A whole bunch of people who party, who drink, whatever, those are the people on there who want to be my [MySpace] friend.” — Dallas criminal-defense lawyer Mark Meisinger, discussing marketing his DWI defense and other services on his MySpace Web page. “You mean the smart-judge-versus-dumb-judge provision.” — El Paso County Court-at-Law No. 6 Judge M. Sue Kurita, on S.B. 1204 in its original form, which proposed assigning complex civil suits to trial judges with specialized knowledge in the area of law at issue. “I don’t think people should die because of a hospital’s view on ethics. I don’t think the doctor’s ethics should trump the family’s wishes.” — Jerri Ward, owner of Garlo Ward in Austin, about a proposed bill giving families the final say on life-sustaining treatment for patients. “I have heard the judge say that she has lit candles and handed out smelly lotion to try to ease tension between lawyers. Having a courtroom spa is something you have to get used to.” — Dallas family law solo Michelle May O’Neil, on 301st District Judge Lynn Cherry’s first 100 days in office. “It’s just light background music — nothing glaring. The first time I played it was in a custody case. Opposing counsel was being so aggressive, it really did make a difference in his anger level.” — Judge Lynn Cherry, explaining why she plays music in her Dallas courtroom. “They’ve come a long way. But it’s taken some spankings from the Supreme Court.” — Philip Wischkaemper, capital assistance attorney for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, regarding the 5th Circuit’s views on mitigation evidence in the spirit of the Penry line of decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. “The Texas judiciary is organized in a hodgepodge fashion and is largely dysfunctional. We believe that citizens want their government to work, and we want to restructure the judiciary to make things more efficient.” — Dick Trabulsi about Texans for Lawsuit Reform’s efforts to realign the state judiciary. “It sure has been tough over the last several weeks to walk around with this albatross around my neck. It sure feels great when the justice system works. The fact of the matter is that sometimes juries get it wrong. And that’s why we have judges to fix it.” — Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 4 Judge Ken Tapscott, after a judge dismissed Karin Jacobs, et al. v. William K. Tapscott Jr., et al. in which the jury had found that Tapscott, a former Baron & Budd associate, had breached his fiduciary duty to three clients by lying to them about their asbestos case. “After four times, they finally decided to scrap good law.” — Fort Worth solo Danny Burns on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals’ decision to overturn Bauder v. State, which enabled a defendant to avoid retrial on state constitutional double-jeopardy grounds if a prosecutor recklessly caused a mistrial. “Could you imagine the Dallas County DA coming out and saying that people ought to boycott law firms that represent criminals?” — Joe A. Davis, executive vice president and general counsel of Crosstex Energy Inc. in Dallas, about whether corporate clients should ask outside counsel to give up unpopular pro bono work such as representing Guantanamo Bay detainees. “The donkey did behave. It was a nice donkey, as donkeys go, I suppose.” — Quinn Chandler of Chandler & Chandler in Dallas, an attorney for John Cantrell, who was sued by Dallas lawyer C. Gregory Shamoun after an altercation over Shamoun’s pet donkey, which Shamoun brought into a justice-of-the peace courtroom as an exhibit. “If I was only getting my information from some of the outlets where some of these people are getting their information, I’d have a pitchfork in my hands, too . . . . The real facts are these two agents shot 15 times at an unarmed guy, covered it up, destroyed the evidence and proceeded to file false reports. And that is a very serious crime, and that is something we cannot look the other way at.” — Johnny Sutton, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, over the public furor that led to a congressional hearing after his office prosecuted and convicted two U.S. Border Patrol agents for shooting an unarmed drug smuggler near the Texas-Mexico border. “I wouldn’t want to be arguing a case with [a portrait of] my opponent hanging on the wall. That would be really intimidating.” — Texas Supreme Court Justice Harriet O’Neill about the rule for keeping the portraits of justices who maintain private practices out of the courtroom. “If I have to be thrown under the bus — the bus of the Court of Criminal Appeals or the Texas State Bar disciplinary committee — I have a duty to do that to protect my client.” — Criminal-defense attorney Christopher Hoover about the possible consequences for his failure to participate in his client’s 2004 trial for misdemeanor DWI in the hope that an appellate court would rule the client received ineffective assistance of counsel and order a new trial. “The arbitration process is a playground for the wicked.” — Michael Shore of Shore Chan Bragalone, attorney for the plaintiff in Positive Software Solutions, et al. v. Susman Godfrey, et al.

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