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JUROR #8
I just want to talk.
JUROR #7
Well, what's there to talk about? Eleven men in here think he's guilty. No one had to think about it twice except you.
JUROR #10
I want to to ask you something: do you believe his story?
JUROR #8
I don't know whether I believe it or not - maybe I don't.
JUROR #7
So how come you vote not guilty?
JUROR #8
Well, there were eleven votes for guilty. It's not easy to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first.
JUROR #7
Well now, who says it's easy?
JUROR #8
No one.
JUROR #7
What, just because I voted fast? I honestly think the guy's guilty. Couldn't change my mind if you talked for a hundred years.
JUROR #8
I'm not trying to change your mind. It's just that... we're talking about somebody's life here. We can't decide it in five minutes. Supposing we're wrong?
JUROR #7
Supposing we're wrong! Supposing this whole building should fall down on my head. You can suppose anything!
JUROR #8
That's right.
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JUROR #10
It's pretty tough to figure, isn't it? A kid kills his father. Bing! Just like that... It's the element... I'm telling ya, they let those kids run wild up there. Well, maybe it serves 'em right.
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JUROR #10
All right, who was it? I wanna know.
JUROR #11
Excuse me, this was a secret ballot. We all agreed on that. Now if the gentleman wants it to remain secret...
JUROR #3
Secret? What do you mean secret? There are no secrets in a jury room, I know who it was.
JUROR #3
Brother, you really are something, you sit here vote guilty like the rest of us, then some golden-voiced preacher starts tearing your poor heart out about some underprivileged kid, just couldn't help becoming a murderer, and you change your vote. Well if that isn't the most sickening... Why don't you drop a quarter in his collection box!
JUROR #5
Oh now just wait a minute, listen, you can't talk to me that, who do you think you are?
JUROR #4
Now calm down, calm down!
JUROR #5
No, now who do you think you are?
JUROR #4
It doesn't matter, he's very excitable, just sit down.
JUROR #3
Excitable! You bet I'm excitable. We are trying to put a guilty man in the chair where he belongs, and then someone starts telling us fairytales and we're listening!
JUROR #1
Heya, c'mon now.
JUROR #3
[to Juror #5] What made you change your vote?
JUROR #9
He didn't change his vote. I did!
JUROR #10
Ohhh fine.
JUROR #9
Would you like me to tell ya why?
JUROR #7
No I wouldn't like you to tell me why...
JUROR #9
Well I'd like to make it clear anyways, if you don't mind.
JUROR #10
Do we have to listen to this?
JUROR #6
The man wants to talk.
JUROR #9
Thank you.
JUROR #9
This gentleman has been standing alone against us. Now he doesn't say that the boy is not guilty, he just isn't sure. Well it's not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others, so he gambled for support and I gave it to him. I respect his motives. The boy is probably guilty, but - eh, I want to hear more. Right now the vote is ten to two.
JUROR #9
Now I'm talking here, you have no right to leave this room...
JUROR #8
He can't hear you, and he never will. Let's sit down.
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JUROR #10
Six to six... I'm telling you, some of you people in here must be out of your minds. A kid like that...
JUROR #9
I don't think the kind of boy he is has anything to do with it. The facts are supposed to determine the case.
JUROR #10
Don't give me that. I'm sick and tired of facts! You can twist 'em anyway you like, you know what I mean?
JUROR #9
That's exactly the point this gentleman has been making. [indicates Juror #8]
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JUROR #10
Oh, listen, I don't see what all this stuff about the knife has got to do with anything. Somebody saw the kid stab his Father, what more do we need? You guys can talk the ears right off my head you know what I mean? I got three garages of mine going to pot while you're talking! So let's get down and get out of here!
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JUROR #8
I'd like to ask you something: you don't believe the boy's story; how come you believe the woman's? She's one of 'them', too, isn't she?
JUROR #10
You're a pretty smart fella, aren't you?
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JUROR #8
According to the testimony, the boy looks guilty... maybe he is. I sat there in court for six days listening while the evidence built up. Everybody sounded so positive, you know, I... I began to get a peculiar feeling about this trial. I mean nothing is that positive. There're a lot of questions I'd have liked to ask. I don't know, maybe they wouldn't have meant anything, but... I began to get the feeling that the defense counsel wasn't conducting a thorough enough cross-examination. I mean he... he let too many things go by... little things that...
JUROR #10
What little things? Listen, when these fellas don't ask questions it's because they know the answers already and they figure they'll be hurt.
JUROR #8
Maybe. It's also possible for a lawyer to be just plain stupid, isn't it? I mean it's possible.
JUROR #7
You sound like you met my brother-in-law.
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JUROR #8
I just think we owe him a few words, that's all.
JUROR #10
I don't mind telling you this, mister: we don't owe him a thing. He got a fair trial, didn't he? What do you think that trial cost? He's lucky he got it. Know what I mean? Now, look - we're all grown-ups in here. We heard the facts, didn't we? You're not gonna tell me that we're supposed to believe this kid, knowing what he is. Listen, I've lived among them all my life - you can't believe a word they say, you know that. I mean they're born liars.
JUROR #9
Only an ignorant man can believe that.
JUROR #10
Now, listen...
JUROR #9
Do you think you were born with a monopoly on the truth? I think certain things should be pointed out to this man.
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JUROR #10
I don't understand you people! I mean all these picky little points you keep bringing up. They don't mean nothing. You saw this kid just like I did. You're not gonna tell me you believe that phony story about losing the knife, and that business about being at the movies. Look, you know how these people lie! It's born in them! I mean what the heck? I don't have to tell you. They don't know what the truth is! And lemme tell you, they don't need any real big reason to kill someone, either! No sir!
JUROR #10
They get drunk... oh, they're real big drinkers, all of 'em - you know that - and bang: someone's lyin' in the gutter. Oh, nobody's blaming them for it. That's the way they are! By nature! You know what I mean? VIOLENT!
JUROR #10
[Nine rises and crosses to the window] Where're you going?
JUROR #10
Human life don't mean as much to them as it does to us!
JUROR #10
Look, they're lushing it up and fighting all the time and if somebody gets killed, so somebody gets killed! They don't care! Oh, sure, there are some good things about 'em, too. Look, I'm the first one to say that.
JUROR #10
I've known a couple who were OK, but that's the exception, y'know what I mean?
JUROR #10
Most of 'em, it's like they have no feelings! They can do anything! What's goin' on here? I'm trying to tell you... you're makin' a big mistake, you people! This kid is a liar! I know it. I know all about them! Listen to me! They're no good! There's not a one of 'em who is any good! I mean, what's happening in here? I'm speaking my piece, and you...
JUROR #10
Listen to me. We're... This kid on trial here... his type, well, don't you know about them? There's a, there's a danger here. These people are dangerous. They're wild. Listen to me. Listen.
JUROR #4
I have. Now sit down and don't open your mouth again.