Carlito’s Way Court House Speech

Carlito ‘Charlie’ Brigante

Now I ain’t sayin’ that my way would have been different…

…had my mother been alive when I was a kid, ’cause that’s all you hear in the joint.

“I didn’t have a chance”. No. Bullshit.

I was already a mean little bastard while my mother was alive, and I know it.

But I learned about women from her.

Mr. Brigante, there are 56 cases on the court’s docket for this morning.

Why am I listening to this?
David Kleinfeld

Your Honor, Mr. Brigante is understandably excited…

…having been vindicated after five years of incarceration.

There’s no vindication here, counselor.

Or absolution, or benediction, or anything…

…other than an incredible convergence of circumstances…

…which you’ve exploited to your client’s benefit.
David Kleinfeld

Your Honor, these circumstances that you speak of…

…include illegal wiretaps and tainted evidence.

This is a classic “fruit of the poisoned tree” situation.

I think after five years of unjust incarceration…

…it’s reasonable to request Mr. Brigante be indulged his right to speak.

Okay, Mr. Brigante, I’m all ears.
Carlito ‘Charlie’ Brigante

Your Honor…

…with all due respect…

…past and present, and without further to-do.

Let me assure this court that I am through walkin’ on the wild side.

That’s all I’ve been tryin’ to tell you.

I have been sick with the social ills known in the ghetto…

…but my time in the sterling correctional facilities…

…of Green Haven and Sing Sing has not been in vain. I’ve been cured!

Born again, like the Watergaters.

I know you heard this rap before. Your Honor, I mean it.

This is the truth. I changed.

I changed and it didn’t take no 30 years…

…like Your Honor thought, but only five.

That’s right, sir. Five years.

And look at me. Completely rehabilitated…

…reinvigorated, reassimilated, and finally gonna be relocated.

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