Friday, April 2, 2010

Best Legal Argument of All Time

Watching Oscar Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas and probably the country's most notable mob lawyer, talk about his old clients is always interesting:

[Goodman] gets a little misty-eyed about the old days, lamenting the end of “being treated like a big shot even when you weren’t”. Similarly, he has kind words to say about his old clients. “They were good for Las Vegas. They ran first-class casinos and they gave the customer great value for their money.

“They crossed the line but they didn’t do so to the detriment of the ­community … They broke laws. I’m not sure the worst laws in the book.”

I stop taking notes and look up. Not the worst laws in the book? What about all the murders and the bodies that kept turning up in the desert? “It wasn’t in our desert! In those days if there was a body it would be the ­Arizona or California desert. Not the Nevada desert.”


1 comment:

CJ said...

My Uncle Vito always said the Chicago was safer to live in when the Mafia was in control.

I can't say I agree with that, but those were his words.