I wanna tell you something, and it’s the most important thing you’ll ever hear in your entire life, so don’t not hear it. Shut it!
Trevor, after 9/11, two things happened. You started calling guys “Abdul Fazul,” and Homeland Security started putting up cameras everywhere. You didn’t go home.
They come up with their story, we come up with ours. The jury gets to decide which they like best. Now, the good news is we get to hear what their story is first before we have to tell them ours. So we keep our mouths shut until we know what they’re doing.
It’s like having a nuclear arsenal. You don’t want to use it, but if the other side knows you got it, they tend to come to the table sooner.
The night Naz was arrested, he lost a lot. He lost his freedom to return home to his family, to his school, to his night job that helps pay for that school. But what he didn’t lose, and what none of us can lose, were his Constitutional rights to an attorney, to a fair and impartial trial by you, his peers, and to the presumption of his innocence beyond a reasonable doubt.
Look, 20 years from now when you wake up in your cell, and you look at yourself in your dented tin mirror, here’s what you’re gonna see. Someone you don’t recognize, who made the wrong decision when he had the chance to save himself.