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Legal Moments at the Movie House

March 2013

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"The trouble is, when men start taking the law into their own hands they're just as apt in all the confusion and fun to start hanging somebody who's not a murderer as somebody who is. And then the next thing you know, they're hanging one another just for fun."

-Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) persuades a vigilante mob not to lynch two young men accused of murder in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), a fictional portrayal of the future president as a novice lawyer in Illinois.
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