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Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (Character)
from A Few Good Men (1992)

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A Few Good Men (1992)
Kaffee: [during the court proceeding] Lieutenant Kendrick, in your opinion was Private Santiago a good Marine?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] I would say he was about average.
Kaffee: Lieutenant, you signed three Proficiency and Conduct reports on Santiago and in all three reports you indicate a rating of below average.
Lt. Kendrick: [looking through the reports he signed] Yes, Private Santiago was below average. I did not see the need to trample on a man's grave.
Kaffee: Well, we appreciate that but you are under oath now and I think as unpleasant as it may be we'd all just as soon hear the truth.
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] I am aware of my oath.
Kaffee: Lieutenant, these are the last three Pro-Con reports you signed for Lance Corporal Dawson. Dawson received two marks of exceptional, but on this most recent report dated June 9th of this year he received a rating of below average. It's this last report I'd like to discuss for a moment.
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] That would be fine.
Kaffee: Lance Corporal Dawson's ranking after the school of infantry was perfect. Records indicate that more than half that class has since been promoted to full Corporal while Dawson has remained a Lance Corporal. Was Dawson's promotion held up because of this last report?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] I'm sure it was.
Kaffee: Do you recall why Dawson was given such a poor grade on this last report?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] I'm sure I don't. I have many men in my charge, Lieutenant. I write many reports.
Kaffee: Lieutenant, do you recall an incident involving a PFC Curtis Bell who had been found stealing liquor from the Officer's Club?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] Yes, I do.
Kaffee: Did you report Private Bell to the proper authorities?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant, the Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I am aware of are my commanding officer Colonel Nathan R. Jessup and the Lord our God.
Kaffee: At your request, Lieutenant, I can have the record reflect your lack of acknowledgment of this court as a proper authority.
Capt. Ross: [from the prosecution table] Objection. Argumentative.
Judge Randolph: [from the judge's bench] Sustained. Watch yourself, Counselor.
Kaffee: Did you report Private Bell to your superiors?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] I remember thinking very highly of Private Bell, of not wanted to see his record tarnished by a formal charge.
Kaffee: You preferred that it be handled within the unit.
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] Yes, I most certainly did.
Kaffee: Lieutenant, do you know what a Code Red is?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] Yes, I do.

Kaffee: Lt. Kendrick, was Lance Corporal Dawson given a below average rating on this last report because you learned he had been sneaking food to Private Bell?
Capt. Ross: [from the prosecution table] Object!
Judge Randolph: [from the judge's bench] Not so fast. Lieutenant?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] Lance Corporal Dawson was given a below average rating because he had committed a crime.
Kaffee: A crime? What crime did he commit? Lieutenant Kendrick, Dawson brought a hungry guy some food. What crime did he commit?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] He disobeyed an order.
Kaffee: And because he did. Because he exercised his own set of values, because he made a decision about the welfare of a Marine that was in conflict with an order of yours, he was punished. Is that right?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] Lance Corporal Dawson disobeyed an order!
Kaffee: Yeah, but it wasn't a real order, was it? After all, it's peace time. He wasn't being asked to secure a hill or advance on a beachhead. I mean, surely a Marine of Dawson's intelligence can be trusted to determine on his own which are the really important orders and which orders might, say, be morally questionable? Lieutenant Kendrick, can he? Can Dawson determine on his own which orders he's going to follow?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] No, he cannot.
Kaffee: A lesson he learned after the Curtis Bell incident, am I right?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] I would think so.
Kaffee: You know so, don't you, Lieutenant?
Capt. Ross: [from the prosecution table] Object.
Judge Randolph: [from the judge's bench] Sustained.
Kaffee: Lieutenant Kendrick, one final question. If you had ordered Dawson to give Santiago a code red...
Lt. Kendrick: [Interrupting, exasperated, from the witness stand] I specifically ordered those men not to touch Santiago!
Kaffee: Is it reasonable to think he would've disobeyed you again?
Capt. Ross: [from the prosecution table] Lieutenant, don't answer that!
Kaffee: You don't have to, I'm through.
Capt. Ross: Lieutenant Kendrick, did you order Lance Corporal Dawson and Private Downey to give Willie Santiago a code red?
[Kendrick initially refuses to answer, sensing he's been caught lying]
Capt. Ross: Lieutenant Kendrick, did you...
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] No, I did not.
Capt. Ross: Thank you.

Kaffee: [in Santiago's room] Lt. Kendrick... can I call you John?
Lt. Kendrick: No, you may not.
Kaffee: Have I done something to offend you?
Lt. Kendrick: No, I like all you Navy boys. Every time we've gotta go someplace to fight, you fellas always give us a ride.

Lt. Kendrick: [after asked by Galloway if he thinks Santiago deserved to die] Private Santiago is dead, and that is a tragedy. But he is dead because he had no code. He is dead because he had no honor, and God was watching.

Kaffee: Lieutenant, do you know what a code red is?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] Yes, I do.
Kaffee: Have you ever ordered a code red?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] No, I have not.
Kaffee: Lieutenant, did you order Dawson and two other men to make sure that Private Bell receive no food or drink except water for a period of seven days?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] That is a distortion of the truth, Lieutenant, Private Bell was placed on barracks restriction, he was given water and vitamin supplements and I can assure you that at no time was his health in danger.
Kaffee: [sarcastically] I'm sure it was lovely for Private Bell. But you did order the barracks restriction, didn't you? You did order the denial of food.
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] Yes, I did.
Kaffee: Wouldn't this form of discipline be considered a code red?
Lt. Kendrick: [from the witness stand] No.
Kaffee: [sarcastically] If I called the other 478 Marines from Guantanamo Bay to testify would they consider it a code red?
Capt. Ross: [from the prosecution table] If it please the court, the witness can't possibly testify as to what 478 other men would say. Now we object to this entire line of questioning as argumentative and irrelevant badgering of the witness.
Judge Randolph: [from the judge's bench] The government's objection is sustained, Lieutenant Kaffee, and I would remind you that you are now questioning a Marine officer with an impeccable service record.
Capt. Ross: Thank you, Your Honor.

Lt. Kendrick: Private Santiago was a member of second platoon bravo
Col. Jessep: Apparently his not very happy down here because his written letters to everyone but Santa Clause is asking for a transfer and now his telling tales about a fence line shooting Matthew?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I'm appalled sir
Col. Jessep: [in his office] You're appalled, this kid broke the chain of command and ratted on a member of his unit. To say nothing of the fact that he is a US marine, that would appear that he can't run from here to there without collapsing from heat exhaustion. What the fuck is going on in Bravo Company?
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I think it's better to hold this discussion in private
Lt. Kendrick: [to Jessep] that won't be necessary I can handle the situation
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: The same way you handled the Curtis Bell incident? Don't interrupt me lieutenant, I'm still your superior officer
Col. Jessep: [to Markinson] And I am yours, I want to know what we're going to do about this
Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson: I think Santiago should be transferred off the base immediately
Col. Jessep: Maybe I'm just spitballing here, maybe we have a responsibility as officers to train Santiago, maybe we as officers have a responsibility to this county to see that the men and women charged with its security are trained professionals. I'm certain I've read that somewhere once, and now I'm thinking your suggestion of "transferring Santiago" while expeditious and painless might not be in the manner of speaking, the "American way". Santiago stays where he is, we're going to train the lad