Quotations in the News

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Posted on February 6, 2014 at 3:02 AM

"Suzanne ran the show for sure. ... She was the one in charge. She directed them. She wanted the money. She's a heinous killer." — Former prosecutor Colleen Barnett on Suzanne Basso, who was executed for torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage so she could collect his benefits.

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"They keep saying they don't have the authority, but in the meantime we have had instances of the Holy See trying to influence bishops. You cannot have it both ways. Either you have influence or you don't." — Benyam Mezmur, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, on whether the Vatican had advised bishops on how to handle the child sex abuse scandal.

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"Phil set his bar on the highest rung, on a rung above the highest rung. He pushed himself relentlessly until finally his efforts virtually redefined the very endeavor we call acting. That's what he wanted. He wanted to rock the world." — Playwright and actor Eric Bogosian as the New York theater community mourned Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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