Governor James Devlin
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Governor James Devlin (Character)
from "Oz" (1997)

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"Oz: The Tip (#2.1)" (1998)
[Devlin has promised Case the position of Attorney General if he plays ball in the investigation]
Governor James Devlin: Find the truth, Alvah. Because the truth shall set your fee.

[the investigation has wrapped up and none of the inmates are being charged, to Devlin's anger]
Governor James Devlin: This is not the attitude I expect from my Attorney General!
Alvah Case: You know something, Governor. I don't want to BE Attorney General. I want to be GOVERNOR!
Governor James Devlin: What?
Alvah Case: I'll see you on the campaign trail, Devlin.


"Oz: Escape from Oz (#2.8)" (1998)
Governor James Devlin: The celebration of Ramadan is at the center of Islamic worship. Therefore, I am pleased, in the grand tradition of this holy time, to bestow clemency on a prisoner. Kareem Said has been an outspoken critic of our administration but, political differences aside, he has been an outstanding member of the prison population. Even after suffering a heart attack last year, he has continued to work with prisoners of every race and color, especially the young, to instruct them, guide them, to better lives. So I hereby grant Kareem Said a full pardon, and I wish him well in his new life.
Kareem Said: [to Devlin] Finally we meet face-to-face.
Reporter at Press Conference: Mr. Said, how do you feel?
Kareem Said: How do I feel? I feel joyless. My brothers remain behind. Imprisoned. Suppressed. I don't just mean my Muslim brothers; I mean every single man who will sleep in here tonight. Who is cut off from everything that he loves. Cut off from his own self. You know, as the word went around that the governor was going to give someone clemency, I saw a rift develop. As each inmate wished himself to be the chosen one. The longing to be free became as palpable as the food that we eat. But it is a meal I am being *served* right now. And I am Muslim, and Allah does not allow me to... swallow certain things. Allah does not allow me to take scraps from the hands of a man such as this. A man who is corrupt and immoral. A man who denigrates the gift of clemency just as he violates the principles of justice. A man that gave the order to cause the death of eight people. And so, Governor Devlin, because even the cost of freedom can be too high, I *refuse* your pardon!

Governor James Devlin: [at a live press conference, announcing the pardon of Kareem Said] The celebration of Ramadan is at the center of Islamic worship. Therefore, I'm pleased, in the grand tradition of this holy time, to bestow clemency on a prisoner. Kareem Said has been an outspoken critic of our administration, but political differences aside, he has been an outstanding member of the prison population. Even after suffering a heart attack last year, he's continued to work with prisoners of every race and color, especially the young, to instruct them and guide them to better lives. So I hereby grant Kareem Said a full pardon and I wish him well in his new life.
Kareem Said: [Said walks out in front of the microphones and cameras to shake Devlin's hand] Finally, we meet face-to-face.
Reporter: Mr. Said! How do you feel?
Kareem Said: How do I feel? I feel joyless. My brothers remain behind. Imprisoned, suppressed. I don't just mean my Muslim brothers, I mean every single man that will sleep in here tonight, that was cut off from everything that he loves. Cut off from his own self. You know, as the word went around that the governor was gonna give somebody clemency, I saw a rift develop as each inmate wished himself to be the chosen one. The longing to be free became as palpable as the food that we eat. But it is a meal that I am being served right now. And I am Muslim. And Allah does not allow me to swallow certain things. Allah does not allow me to take scraps from the hands from a man such as this. A man who is corrupt and immoral. A man who denigrates the gift of clemency just as he violates the principles of justice. A man that gave the order that caused the death of eight people. And so, Governor Devlin, because even the cost of freedom can be too high, I *refuse* your pardon!
[the reporters go wild asking questions]
Warden Leo Glynn: Officer, take him back inside.
[a CO takes Said back to Emerald City]
Governor James Devlin: [humiliated, furious, muttering] Cocksucker.


"Oz: Capital P (#1.4)" (1997)
[after Jefferson Keane's execution]
Governor James Devlin: [gleefully, during a press conference] Justice has been served!


"Oz: Sonata da Oz (#6.3)" (2003)
Mayor Wilson Lowen: [alone in Loewen's private hospital room] You fucking cocksucker. You swore to me you would never let me serve a day.
Governor James Devlin: Wilson, they were burning down the city.
Mayor Wilson Lowen: Correction! They were burning down *their* city, *their* neighborhoods, *their* businesses!
Governor James Devlin: The violence was escalating, spreading...
Mayor Wilson Lowen: So you send in the National Guard, tear gas, rubber bullets. What you don't do is humiliate a man, especially when that man knows where the bodies are buried.
[Devlin freezes]
Mayor Wilson Lowen: I want my pardon, Jimmy, and I want it fucking today. I'm not going to spend another night in this cesspool. Do you understand me? I don't care what kind of political typhoon it causes. If you don't give me my pardon, I will call a press conference and I will tell tales, Jimmy, tales of corruption, tales of graft, tales of voter fraud! By the time I'm finished, you'll be sitting right next to me in Unit J playing Par-fucking-cheesi!
Governor James Devlin: [nods weakly] All right. I'll figure out a way.
Mayor Wilson Lowen: Yeah, you always do, Jimmy. That's why you're my boy.
Governor James Devlin: [walks out looking defeated, and then says to his assistant standing outside] Perry, there's something I want you to do; something that requires enormous discretion...


"Oz: God's Chillin' (#1.3)" (1997)
Governor James Devlin: McManus, when you look at me, what do you see?
Tim McManus: A man.
Governor James Devlin: You've heard of Olympus, right? Mount Olympus, ancient Greece, where the gods lived?
Tim McManus: Yeah.
Governor James Devlin: Well, it was a hierarchy, even among the gods. Mercury was lesser than Apollo, Apollo lesser than Zeus. Now, you run your cellblock and you think you're a god. Glynn runs the whole prison, he thinks he's a greater god. Well, guys, I am Zeus. I am omnipotent. I must be obeyed... or my thunderbolts will strike.


"Oz: Strange Bedfellows (#2.6)" (1998)
Governor James Devlin: [after tossing a pack of cigarettes at Glynn] Give these to Jiggy Walker. I owe him.