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Paul Robinette (Character)
from "Law & Order" (1990)

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"Law & Order: Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (#1.4)" (1990)
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: At least we gave them justice.
Ben Stone: Justice doesn't give you grandchildren.

Ben Stone: Ned Loomis destroyed every life he touched, we didn't change that one iota.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: At least we gave them justice.
Ben Stone: [watches the murdered woman's parents embrace] Justice doesn't give you grandchildren.

Ben Stone: If we plead him out, he only serves 3 years!
Adam Schiff: If you don't plead him out, he serves NO years.
Ben Stone: Fine! Take a plea! YOU tell the Bartletts the news.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: 'Your daughter's life for 3 years'?


"Law & Order: Renunciation (#2.9)" (1991)
Paul Robinette: Education. It's a wonderful thing.

Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Anything worth knowing cannot be taught in a classroom.
Paul Robinette: Oscar Wilde?
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Sister Mary Frances. She wielded a hell of a paddle.

Paul Robinette: You saw where Rydell was going. You should have stopped her cross completely.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: The more I object, the more it reinforces her strategy. The more Roy looks like a victim.
Paul Robinette: But still, letting her play the jury's heartstrings...
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: We knew it was coming. She's got nothing else.
Paul Robinette: And if they buy it, he walks. No manslaughter charges, no safety net.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Last I looked, you were very adamant about this. You knew that if we included anything less than murder, she'd pull out the sympathy and the jury would opt for manslaughter.
Paul Robinette: Ben, I agreed I didn't want to give the jury that option, only...
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Only you looked over the edge, and you didn't like the view.
Paul Robinette: I looked at the box, I didn't like the jurors' faces.


"Law & Order: Manhood (#3.21)" (1993)
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: [after telling the defense attorney they are going to arraign the suspect and wait for additional evidence] Five days... From here to eternity.
Captain Donald Cragen: Maybe a little closer.
[holds up a folder]
Captain Donald Cragen: Call to 911. Somebody heard the shots. Maybe they saw a face.
Detective Mike Logan: Yes!
Captain Donald Cragen: No... First you have to find him. He didn't leave a name.

D.A. Adam Schiff: "Ministers of God..." Unbelievable. But this isn't motive.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: It establishes intent and state of mind.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Congratulations. You have flour and water. Get an oven, you can make bread. What connects state of mind to the crime?

D.A. Adam Schiff: No, only your most crucial evidence...
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Half the precinct knows who wrote that memo. How can I prove it? She could've let it in.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Judge Larkin? Her politics aren't with you when the law is against you.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: We have to connect the memo to Rhodes.
D.A. Adam Schiff: What about the kid that brought it in? The partner?
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: He says he didn't know.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Tell me you believe him.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: I put him on the stand, he'll lie. He's scared of what the other cops will think.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Is that what he's scared of?


"Law & Order: Prince of Darkness (#3.8)" (1992)
Adam Schiff: The gun dealer was in the yard at Riker's; had his throat cut. Buenaventura was strangled in the kitchen at Dannemora. And Manuel Ortega's mother fell out of a window.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: What about the little girl?
Adam Schiff: She was picked up at school by her uncle.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: She doesn't have an uncle!
Adam Schiff: look of absolute horror, as credits roll

Adam Schiff: Twenty people in that restaurant. No ID. We say he's Gaitan, they say Esteban. Without fingerprints, they can say he's Peter Pan.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: The State Department buys dictators over breakfast, they can't get prints from the Colombians?
Adam Schiff: Billions of dollars, the cartel is an underground nation. They kill judges down there for sport!
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Adam, is there an agenda here?
Adam Schiff: The US Attorney's office did call. They say that Gaitan can make federal cases into the next century.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: He'll get six months, testify in three cases, and go home.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Adam, that is nuts. We convict, the feds get leverage, and I think facing 25 years, he'd sell out anybody.
Adam Schiff: The feds would like us to talk to Gaitan. You'll do it.

A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Cristobal's son, 19, police report says Gaitan put three bullets in the back of his head. Maybe Frank Hoover has a point.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Terrific. You don't like the system, go get a gun. We can paint the courthouse steps red.
Adam Schiff: A lot of people would rather give him a medal than a sentence. Frank Hoover has a case for extreme emotional disturbance.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: I'm not hard hearted, but I don't get this one. It's premeditated, it's wrong.
Adam Schiff: I'm not up on my Catholic theology, but is self-righteousness a mortal or a venial sin?
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: You killed a man who killed your son, to a jury it doesn't matter how premeditated it was.
Adam Schiff: Let him do four to 12.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: OK, just as long as you take the press conference.


"Law & Order: Out of the Half-Light (#1.11)" (1990)
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Do you think of yourself as a black lawyer or a lawyer who's black?
Paul Robinette: Depends on the context.

Paul Robinette: Was it real, Mrs. Crawford? Was any of it?
Mrs. Thelma Crawford: [pause] Astria's pregnant.
Paul Robinette: [thinks] The Hill kid.
Mrs. Thelma Crawford: But we're Catholic, so we thought if we said 2 white cops raped her, that her father would...
Paul Robinette: Let her have an abortion.
Mrs. Thelma Crawford: We didn't think it would go this far.


"Law & Order: Life Choice (#1.12)" (1991)
Paul Robinette: It's not for me to say, I'm not for abortion, I'm for birth control.

Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: What do you say to people who think somebody committed a criminal act, but don't think they're a criminal?
Paul Robinette: Easy, a criminal IS someone who commits a criminal act, no matter the reason.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: But up until Roe V. Wade, the abortionists were the criminals. If the law hadn't changed, there wouldn't have been a bombing.
Paul Robinette: If the law hadn't changed, I would've been a slave. You can't turn back the clock.


"Law & Order: Virus (#3.19)" (1993)
Captain Donald Cragen: [watching interrogation] Little nose-wipe's holding up.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Why not? We don't even have enough to hold him for stealing time from Ma Bell.

A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Judge Pate thinks the Constitution was written on a laptop. You don't like what it says, push a button, rights appear out of nowhere.
D.A. Adam Schiff: The crying towels are in the closet down the hall.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: We had that kid dead to rights. Now we can't use any of the evidence, not even his name.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Oh, I didn't know that the Bill of Rights was written to make your life easier.


"Law & Order: Vengeance (#2.16)" (1992)
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Eye for an eye's worked for thousands of years.

Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: I don't know, I think 25 to life is pretty good.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: I know two people that would call it a gift.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Maybe this would cheer them up.
[hands Paul a newspaper]
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: The obituaries?
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Richard Speck murdered 8 nurses and died in prison, he was 49. Cheney's 42.


"Law & Order: The Fertile Fields (#2.19)" (1992)
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: We gave him immunity as quid pro quo for his testimony. He lied. That's got to break the deal, common sense!
D.A. Adam Schiff: Common sense has nothing to do with it. A man waives his Fifth Amendment rights by testifying.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Whether he tells the truth or not!
D.A. Adam Schiff: It doesn't matter, he's entitled to immunity. Do you think he killed his brother?
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: No, I think he's protecting someone.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Uh huh. Alright, then we threaten him with perjury. The idea of four years in Attica should scare the hell out of him. He'll talk.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: The alternative might scare him a lot more. I don't think he's protecting a friend. The man's scared.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Well I can't say that I blame him. He saw what happened to his brother.
D.A. Adam Schiff: A man is desperate enough to steal from his own family? Subpoena his personal records and find out who he owes money to.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: Adam, banks kill with a thousand cuts, not with a whack on the head.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Some lenders are in a bigger hurry. Ezra dies, Isaac gets the business. It's a very good way to ensure prompt payment.

Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: You don't believe I can win, do you?
D.A. Adam Schiff: I believe that you've got a hell of a mountain to climb in your summation. Isaac's lack of credibility translates into reasonable doubt!
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: The jury could find Tashjian technically not guilty.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone: And we all know he killed Ezra Shorr.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Our knowledge is a long way from proof.


"Law & Order: Conspiracy (#3.2)" (1992)
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Life is hard, Otis, it's even harder when you're stupid.


"Law & Order: Happily Ever After (#1.5)" (1990)
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Himes really does love her.
Ben Stone: Maybe he loves manslaughter two more.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: If we don't find out how it went down, we may have to offer it to him.
Ben Stone: Well then let's find out how it went down.


"Law & Order: The Troubles (#1.20)" (1991)
Ben Stone: Look at the bright side.
Paul Robinette: What bright side?
Ben Stone: We are not in Boston.


"Law & Order: Prescription for Death (#1.1)" (1990)
Executive A.D.A. Benjamin "Ben" Stone: You know the difference between Auster and a serial killer?
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: The weapon.


"Law & Order: Conduct Unbecoming (#3.17)" (1993)
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Bunker spent 30 years defending the Constitution. I wonder if he ever read it.
D.A. Adam Schiff: I doubt if he ever got past the Declaration of Independence: "All *men* are created equal."


"Law & Order: Birthright (#16.6)" (2005)
Paul Robinette: Miss Borgia. Paul Robinette.
A.D.A. Alexandra Borgia: Oh, I hear you used to have my office.
Paul Robinette: Well, you were probably still in high school. Tell Jack McCoy "hello" for me.


"Law & Order: Severance (#2.13)" (1992)
[Arthur Gold has just lost a case to Stone]
Arthur Gold: Call me for lunch.
[Gold drives away]
ADA Paul Robinette: You'd really eat lunch with him?
EADA Ben Stone: Only if he orders 'crow'.