Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy, played by Sam Waterston, is often considered to be the icon of the Law & Order television series. Sam Waterston played Jack McCoy for an amazing 16 years. The following are many of the best quotes from Jack McCoy. Included are lines Lt. Anita Van Buren played by S. Epatha Merkerson and Defense Attorney Danielle Melnick played by Tovah Feldshuh.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: Never get Freudian on a man holding a pickle.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: Men are pigs and we should all rot in hell. Unfortunately, that’s not my jurisdiction.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: The last time I checked, “Stupid” isn’t a defense for murder!
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: I’ve got you for conspiracy, and if I eat my Wheaties I can get you for second-degree murder.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: I’m playing legal tiddlywinks with these punks. What I’d really like to do is take them out to Battery Park and hang them by the scrotum.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: I want to convict him, Arthur. It happens to coincide nicely with the fact that he’s guilty.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: I’m Catholic. I can feel guilty about anything.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: I remember how hard it was when I realized my father was a son of a bitch. I can’t imagine what it must be like when you realize you raised one.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Were you born a smart-ass, or did it just come with the job?
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: I’m a pussycat. You should’ve met my old man.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Lawyer?
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: Cop.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: If I don’t leave here with a guilty plea, Mr. Corley, I promise, you’ll do 45 years hard time. They’ll wheel me out of my retirement home to be at your parole hearings.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: [About Gay Marriage] Let ’em marry. Why shouldn’t they be as miserable as the rest of us?
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: Your grief might seem a little more real had you not just admitted you cut off your wife’s head.
Danielle Melnick: You turning soft on me, Jack?
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: You know I’m a sucker for an execution. I’m just here for the tortellini.
A.D.A. Jack Mccoy: When you argue, I have this compulsive need to argue back.
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