A roundup of notable quotables

“This matters tremendously. Everyone deserves a name.”

—Aden Naka, assistant director for forensics investigation in New York City, in an article on a new technique that is helping police identify bodies found decades ago. So far, more than 200 bodies found between 1975 and the late 1990s have been identified.


“Thank y’all for being here. Now, it’s not like y’all had a choice.”

—Comedian Ali Siddiq, a Houston native and stand-up comic, who performed at the Bell County Jail. The show will be the subject of a Comedy Central show called “Ali Siddiq: It’s Bigger than These Bars.”


“It is as if the United States were thumbing its nose at the government of Mexico and the United Nations. And when I say the U.S., I should be clear that we’re talking about Texas.”

— Sandra Babcock, a Cornell Law School professor specializing in international issues surrounding capital punishment, in an article on the scheduled execution of Ruben Cardenas Ramirez, a Mexican national sentenced to death for kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder.


“You never know: It might come in handy on a rainy day.” 

—Tom Krampitz, former TDCAA Executive Director, explaining to Kim Ogg, the current Harris County District Attorney, back in 2006 why she should join the Texas Prosecutors Society and contribute to the Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation. In December the Foundation delivered $23,000 in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief checks to staff members of the Harris County DA’s Office.

“I told the sheriff I would do anything I could to help and that I didn’t want any money, but he would have to get me a cowboy hat.”

—Fred Rhea, a former FBI agent and peace officer with 32 years of experience who joined the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office cold-case unit.


“We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy’s loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured; however, we also must come together and say enough is enough.”

—Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in a statement delivered to the media after the third law enforcement officer in the state was killed in five weeks.


“That verdict is going to hurt real bad. Don’t cry. Don’t scream.”

—Ron Poole, First Assistant District Attorney in Wichita County, in his closing argument in a sexual assault of a child case. Poole used the defendant’s words against him: “Don’t cry. Don’t scream,” is what Juan Antonio Rodriguez told his 7-year-old victim when he molested her. http://www.timesrecordnews.com/story/news/crime/2018/01/25/man-given-life-prison-jury-sexually-abusing-child/1066777001 (Contributed by Ryan Calvert, Assistant District Attorney in Brazos County)