"It's almost impossible to get an agency to do an impartial internal affairs investigation. First of all, the investigators doing it are co-workers of the person being investigated. Number two, there's always the tendency on the part of the departments to believe the officers." — Melvin Tucker, a former FBI agent and police chief in four southern cities, on law enforcement probes after a white South Carolina police officer shot to death an unarmed black man.
"This is a very hot issue in criminal justice circles these days ... that young men really do not mature fully in terms of the neuroscience until they are in the mid-20s. This is a kid who one minute is goofing around with his college buddies and the next minute is looking at jihadi movies." — Lawyer David Hoose, who expects attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to present scientific research on brain development to stave off the death penalty.
"We'd accepted responsibility for Cambodia and then walked out without fulfilling our promise. That's the worst thing a country can do. And I cried because I knew what was going to happen." — John Gunther Dean, a former U.S. ambassador to Cambodia, recalling the fall of the country in 1975 to communist Khmer Rouge guerrillas, which led to 2 million Cambodians suffering from starvation, torture and executions.