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Judge Zephaniah Burton (Character)
from "The Rifleman" (1958)
Judge Zephaniah Burton: For I'm not here to pass judgment on a calf, nor on a man. Since it has been revealed to me that you too have a son.
[Lucas turns and stares hard at him]
Judge Zephaniah Burton: That is right. For I am the judge and this is my judgment. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a son for a son. It is simple, poetic justice.
Lucas McCain: Yeah. Simple, poetic justice.
Judge Zephaniah Burton: My son could have been guilty of no evil. All my life, I've been a judge of evil. I raised him in a stern and righteous mold, punishing him harshly. But he strayed from the path of righteousness. My son did no evil, those who have persecuted him did...
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