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Sources are reporting that Mr. Holden is still considered a suspect, in spite of the DNA results.
-Well, I'm sure our current DA will address some of these complex procedural questions this new breed of lawyer loves to go on about. I'm just here to remind ya'll of a few things that seem to have gotten lost in this DNA hysteria. Daniel Holden confessed to raping Hannah. He confessed to killing Hannah. Now, where I come from, we put a lot of stock in that sort of thing. And please-please, don't-don't report that he was exonerated. The sentence was vacated on a technicality, which sure as hell does not make him an innocent man.
I don't know why you wouldn't ride with us.
-Something seemed karmically wrong about that, mother.
Well, we're late, karma or not.
Where are you?
-Closer by the day.
Uh, if you don't get here soon, I may have to recruit some people from the crowd to play the family. At least pick people who are glad he's still alive.
I'm not sure what to make of this drastic change of course in my life. I'm certainly not against it. Over the past two decades, I have developed a strict routine, which I followed religiously, you might say, a way of living and-and thinking, or not thinking, as was often the point of, well, the point. Now, this way of being didn't encourage the contemplation that a day like today could ever occur, or a tomorrow like tomorrow w-will be for me now. I had convinced myself, that kind of optimism served no useful purpose in the world where I existed. Obviously, this radical belief system was flawed, and was, ironically, a kind of fantasy itself. At the least, I feel that those specific coping skills were best suited to the life there behind me. I doubt they will serve me so well for the life in front of me.
For God's sake, it's normal, mom.
-How is any of this normal? How? Nothing about this has ever been normal, Amantha, and it never will be.
Perhaps I will be angrier later, as I will be happier.
Then why in the hell would a person confess to somethin' they didn't do?
-You've had 19 years to think on that, and you ain't figured out an answer other than he did it?
Meaning what? One of those boys saw Holden on top of that girl, forcin' himself.
-But, without a definite hit on his sperm, those witnesses ain't gonna be quite as solid this time, are they? And they might even be suspects.
Is this, like, weird?
-It's not unweird.
You know what's whack?
-Lots of things. Sittin' in this tomb, day after day, puttin' up with this food, puttin' up wit' your pale, white ass.
-What's whack is... I still wanna live, every day.
Well, I can't quite get a handle on the concept of time yet. There have been moments here today where I feel like I've only been gone a few weeks, and I'm still in high school. But mostly, it seems like I was always there.
He killed her.
-How do you know? It's the only thing that makes sense to me.
Well, what's your point, Jon?
-My point is that there are 100 different ways the prosecution can convince a jury that Daniel did this, no matter what the DNA does or doesn't say.
Of course, they can. That's what they do. They're in the convincing business, Jon. First, they convince themselves. Then, they convince anybody necessary, by any means necessary, including sometimes the defendants themselves. All you have to do, if it comes down to it, is to convince one out of twelve people in a jury that the prosecutors are lying, cheating, son of a bitch bastards!
We had to share a bathroom, too-- beyond gross.
It's not funny.
-No, of course not.
I need therapy just for those three years alone. Post Traumatic Ted Syndrome.
Just like our sergeant told us before one trip into the jungle-- "men!" "Fifty of you are leavin' on a mission. Forty-five of ya ain't coming back."
I wanna be a little like Sweden. Sell goods to both sides.
Shouldn't you be on his side?
-No. I should be on our side, as in save the damn business side. Nobody seems to understand that but me.
My mother is driving me crazy.
-What's she doing?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
You know, it wouldn't hurt for him to declare his innocence from time to time.
You know, when it first opened, it was all you could eat for $3.99. You never seen so many dumb Georgia crackers descendin' on egg rolls and sweet and sour chicken in all your life.
Maybe it was when they first saw somethin' akin to optimism on your face, or a bit of peace, or just that moment when you began to believe that... you could survive it in some paradoxical way. I don't know why they did it. Justification's a slippery slope, Ted.
Marcy, you need to go easy on the flirting at the cafe.
-I flirt with everybody.
-Isn't that his job?
-If I stop flirting, won't it make him more suspicious?
You are way too damn smart to be a waitress.
-Life isn't fair.
I guess this could take a long time, couldn't it?
Time is money.
-Well, not so much for the government. They get paid either way.
Oh, be careful now. First, you're eatin' a pork sandwich. Next thing you know, you're drinkin' the blood of Jesus.
I'm just kiddin' with him.
You know, you'd think you'd get tired of making pancake batter to the same memory, year after year. Ain't happened yet.
I'm sorry I haven't said more to you. I guess I was afraid. Not of you-- I just didn't know what to say, exactly.
Humans don't change that much in 50 years. Or 100, or 1,000. It's the laws that change. The rules of civilization. We just repeat ourselves. Everybody with a part to play.
What was real to you, Daniel?
-The time in between the seconds. And my books... and my friend. Now that I'm here in this world, where everything's marked by hours, or dates, or events, I find myself in a state of constant anticipation. What it is I'm anticipatin', I'm not always sure, nor is it necessarily a pleasant feelin'. But, in the case of the inevitable rain and thunder, which I am sure to experience, thanks to you, Tawney, I am very much looking forward to that.
It will be glorious, Daniel. You won't be disappointed.
You know, he didn't even hear thunder while he was in there. Didn't even have a window.
-Darlin', he was on death row. He's not guaranteed a view.
You remember the refuge? It's still there. They have a baboon now.
Yeah, it's just one. They have the usual suspects, too... uh, bears, bisons, chickens, cockatiels, cockatoos, cougars, cows.
-America versus the world.
Deer, dogs, donkeys, ducks, emus, geckos.
There is a thing called, uh, near work myopia. The muscles lock in to, uh, to near focus from prolonged use at closer distances or from lack of use at longer distances.
In the age of the internet and the big box store, this has become the greatest challenge to the independent tire dealer. Our industry is facing a grim economic reality. But, folks, if you are prepared to think outside the box, this time next year, you could be lookin' at your highest sales in a decade. Now, how do we get there? Two core principles-- specialization and synergy.
People don't want that stuff laying around. Boxes and boxes of pain. It's human nature. They wan-wanna get past it. I don't know why she chose to stay in this town. The grief she took. Her, just a lawyer's daughter, and, of course, she had her part to play, too. Don't ya see? Coming home from teachin' school, crying and carrying on. Begging me to quit the case. Course I couldn't. Had to play my part, too, to the bitter end.
-Jon, please don't tell me what I know. I'm reviewing the case, and it's still exceptionally strong, no matter the DNA results.
-Jon, it's inconclusive. It's confusing. Now, the results may have been sufficient to vacate the original case, but you barely squeaked by with the judges up there on that court, and you know that. It's not gonna play down here with regular folk. But, if you'd like to bring me some truly compelling arguments, my door is always open.
-You're my Beatrice.
-From "The Divine Comedy."
I-I don't know what that is.
-She was Dante's guide, his salvation.
Honest pay for an honest day's work-- that's dead, son. The game's rigged. Somebody's gonna get on this gravy train. Might as well be us.
It does somethin' to ya not to be touched in any positive way for so long. You begin to vacillate between bein' repelled by touch and seeking it out in any form, even the most negative. I'm so sorry. Out here, you-- you-you're the only touch that soothed me. I know that's not proper.
-Well, hugging every once in a while is okay, I think. Maybe just keep tryin' with others.
I mean, I'm-I'm a happily married woman. I don't wanna be your girlfriend or anything like that. I just thought it-it's just somethin' that I thought that you might need.
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