Probably 95 percent of the things that are written never get on the screen.
Jury selection is strictly an emotional process. They're looking for people they can manipulate. Both sides are.
The time has come for professional jurors.
The O.J. Simpson case, they had no understanding of that DNA evidence, and didn't want to.
It`s corruption never been systemic, because a fish rots from the head
Perhaps it had nothing to do with sin and everything to do with sociopathy, that most incurable of human disorders because all so afflicted consider themselves blessed rather than cursed.
I was never a wet-eyed, passionate writer; I was always a policeman.
I write a thousand words a day. Nothing will stop me, I mean nothing, until the book is finished. I'm disciplined in spite of myself.
I hadn't done anything in six years; I was just vegetating.
When I interview people accused of capital offenses, I never even ask if they did it. I would consider that unprofessional.
What I didn't know was that if I didn't stand with my back to the wall, Hollywood people would unscrew my ass and sell it down the river.
Today, lawyers are attacking more; they're attacking everything. A good example is the O.J. Simpson case.
The Onion Field, that one got pretty close to me because I was a cop when it happened. I saw some of the indifference that my police department showed to the surviving officer.
The serial arsonist is the most difficult to apprehend because the evidence is burned up.
The Onion Field made a real writer. And then I knew it was over, I couldn't be a cop anymore.
What is it about the component of fire? People have written about it. People have wondered about it.
No one I know of has ever had this experience-where you had to sit and wait and wait for a DNA test to come back just so you can write the last page of the book.
Every time I write a nonfiction book I get sued.
I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction; that gives me some pleasure, being a detective again.
I enjoy adapting my own work, or anybody's work. I like to adapt books.
Civil servants take forever to do anything.
If you take 67 brush fires times 10 years, that's almost 700 right there. Those brush fires are incredibly dangerous, all those homes going down proved that.
I'm sure I took some licks at the system, and at trials and lawyers in general. I've seen enough of them for so many years both as a cop and a defendant in defamation cases.
I certainly believe it's over for the jury system, but we won't admit it for a while.
When I wrote The Onion Field, I realized that my first two novels were just practice.
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