"Each of us knows, though we do not like this knowledge, that a courtroom is a visceral Roman circus. No one involved in this contest is, or can be, impartial. One makes the attempt, or imagines that one does: but it is, in any case, and strenuously, an attempt. Or, in other words, the ability to suspend judgment is, in each of us, suspect—to leave it at that: without, that is, going so far as to say that the suspension of judgment is impossible. For to suspend judgment demands that one dismiss one's perceptions at the very same moment that one is most crucially—and cruelly—dependent on them." - James Baldwin

From The Evidence of Things Not Seen and eerily about the Atlanta Child Murders.