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Jackson Gibbs, NCIS

The world is bad enough as it is. You’ve got no right to make it any worse.

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Closing Arguments

Law & Order, Nullification

“"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” Tom Paine wrote that in a pamphlet that helped rally Americans to the cause of liberty in those dark days of December, 1776.

We again face dark days.

Our founding forefathers fashioned a government based on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Today, instead of life, we have a job and sometimes two jobs.

Instead of liberty, we have crushing debt.

And happiness?

We work hard, husbands and wives, ten, 12 hours a day.

We work weekends, and at the end of the week, we have less.

We have less real income, less benefits, less time with our kids.

The American Dream used to be each generation was better off than the previous one.

I mean, are you better off than your parents?

Will your children be better off than you?

We believe that our government has been sold to global corporations that are sucking the blood and the life out of this country.

I mean, it’s all right there in the newspapers what they’re doing.

NAFTA, illegal campaign contributions by foreign businessmen, the sale of foreign policy.

I mean, these people don’t care about us.

They don’t care about Americans.

They, they care about their bottom line.“

(Right, and we don’t? Who’s more at risk for their liberties taken away, their powerful government/businesses taking advantage – Americans or those who don’t have the protection of our institutions and rules and Bill of Rights that we run crying ‘foul’ to?)

Counter:

"This country began as an experiment in freedom.

The foundation of that freedom is equality before the law.

Everyone–whoever they are whatever they may believe–must be equally accountable.

Mr. Christie hopes you will ignore the evidence and nullify the power he says derives from a higher law…

These guys did a great job of memorization.

Too bad they didn’t learn from it.

We all remember that phrase from the Declaration of Independence about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the unalienable rights of everyone.

Notice that "life” comes first.

You can forget everything else about this case if you remember one thing.

These defendants, these conspirators targeted an ordinary citizen, someone just like yourselves– a guy with a job, and in the private sector with bills to pay, and a family to take care of and they took his life.

They took his life!

If it’s okay for them to shoot him it’s okay for them to shoot anyone including any one of you.

Without the law, there can be no freedom. And without justice, there can be no law.“