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A Time to Kill (1996)

Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Charles S. Dutton, Oliver Platt, Brenda Fricker, Donald Sutherland, Ashley Judd, Tonea Stewart, John Diehl, Chris Cooper, Nicky Katt, Kurtwood Smith, Beth Grant, Joe Seneca, Anthony Heald, Alexandra Kyle, Kiefer Sutherland
John Hinckley, Jr. | crack cocaine | marijuana
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Pete smokes a joint. (0:01)

Pete tells Billy Ray, “You crazy.” (0:04)

Deputy Dwayne Looney tells lawyer Jake, referring to Billy Ray, “Caught him selling dope.” (0:09)

Prosecutor Rufus Buckley tells his assistant, referring to the attorneys, “Brigance couldn’t tie his own tie without that drunk Wilbanks.”
Referring to Wilbanks: ”Keep that old drunk on the sidelines.” (0:25)

Jake tells his mentor Lucien Wilbanks, referring to the defendant, “Then my only chance is to find a shrink who will testify Carl Lee was insane at the time of the murders.” (0:27)

Burial (0:29)

Jaket tells Judge Noose, “The defense enters a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, Your Honor.”
Prosecutor Buckley, “Yes, Your Honor, in response to the insanity plea, the state requests the defendant be examined by its own doctors.” (0:33)

Buckley tells his assistant, “... since he’s not going to be able to afford a real one, I want to find out who Brigance is using for a shrink.” (0:36)

His secretary Ethel tells Jake, “You’re obsessed. That’s what you are; you’re obsessed, Jake. Boy, your obsession is going to break us.” (0:55)

Law student Ellen tells Jake, “In assessing all murder trials, it seems that the insanity plea only makes up 1% overall.”
”On the defending psychiatrist regardless of the quality of the psychological testimony.”
Jake tells Harry, “She is saying that if I take this plea to trial, the verdict is going to hinge on whose shrink the jury finds more credible.” (1:02)

Lucien tells Jake, referring to psychiatrist Dr. Willard Tyrell Bass, “Born alcoholic, but the man cannot hold his liquor... expert witness for the defense.”
”When he’s sober, he’s terrific.” (1:09)

Jake tells Ellen, “Now, say a crack dealer guns down an undercover cop.” (1:13)

stop Ellen asks Jake, “Or, is it because you’re just another repressed, hypocritical Southern provincial...” (1:14)

Jake: “Now win this case we need... a jury that can use the insanity plea as an excuse to do so.” (1:17)

Jake “What I need from you, Roark...”
”... is a way to discredit the state’s shrink, Dr. Rodeheaver.”
Ellen: “Unless you discredit the shrink...” (1:22)

Jake tells Ellen, referring to Carl Lee, “May our jury find that man loony as a proverbial fruitcake.”
Ellen: “Do you think he was crazy when he did it?”
Jake: “No, he wasn’t crazy.” (1:23)

Ellen asks the prosecutor, “Uh, how’s that impotence thing, Rufus?”
Harry: “Impotence?” (1:33)

Ethel and her family mourn the loss of her husband Bud. (1:35)

Ellen tells Harry, “Buckley is presenting his shrink tomorrow...”
Harry: “Cheat, cheat like crazy.” (1:37)

Ellen rushes past the sign “WHITFIELD PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL.” (1:38)

Expert witness for the prosecution on the stand: “My name is Dr. Wilbert Rodeheaver, chair of psychiatry at Mississippi State University and clinical director of the Whitfield Facility for the Criminally Insane.”
Buckley, on direct: “Now, doctor, can you please explain... the McNaughton Rule for the jury?”
Rodeheaver: “The McNaughton Rule states that a person must be unable to tell right from wrong, and/or be unaware of the consequences of his actions to be termed legally insane.”
Buckley: “What is your diagnosis of Mr. Hailey’s mental condition on the day that he shot Billy Ray Cobb and James Lewis Willard?”
Rodeheaver: “At the time of the murders his mental condition was without defects of any nature. Mr. Hailey was sane.”
Buckley, “But... the defense contends... that Mr. Hailey is a nutball... insane.”
Jake cross examines: “In your 11 years working for the state, how many times have you testified in trials where the insanity defense was used?”
”... how many times have you testified that the defendant was legally insane?”
”Could it be, doctor, that the reason you can’t remember is that in 11 years and 46 trials you never have seen a defendant whom you have found insane?”
”It’s a rather brutal double homicide where you found the defendant legally sane?”
”A dissenting psychiatrist disagreed with you, doctor, and Mr. Baker was found insane and institutionalized.”
”And who is the chief psychiatrist at Whitfield?”
”Dr. Rodeheaver is the chief psychiatrist at Whitfield. In 1985 you testified that Dan Baer was legally sane... and Mr. Baker was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Since that time he has been a patient in your hospital, under your care as a paranoid schizophrenic.”
”Then it would be fair to say that you find insane people sane for the purposes of trial.” (1:44)

Defense expert witness Dr. Bass, referring to Carl Lee: “Tonya’s rape caused a relapse, a temporary break with reality.”
Jake: “But yesterday, a Dr. Rodeheaver suggested that Mr. Hailey’s act of calculation was the very definition of sanity.”
Bass: “Many of the most famous schizophrenics are calculating -- John Hinckley, for example -- calculating, and legally insane.”
Jake: “Alright, so Dr. Bass, how would you diagnose Mr. Hailey at the time of the murder?”
Bass: “Mr. Hailey experienced a recurrence of a dissociative condition as a result of the trauma caused by the rape of his daughter. Now, since Mr. Hailey was unaware of the reality of his actions he could not tell right from wrong, nor could he understand the consequences of his actions. He was, therefore, legally insane.”
Jake: “Could not tell right from wrong, nor understand the consequences of his actions, therefore, legally insane.”
Buckley cross examines Bass: “Would you like to look at these images and see if they refresh your memory?” (1:55)

Buckley addresses the jury: “Is Carl Lee Hailey insane?... No. Carl Lee Hailey is not insane.”
Jake addresses the jury: ”Now they climb on... in a fog of drunken breath and sweat...” (2:11)