Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you again what you are to presume. [The defendant] is innocent. I am the judge. I am telling you that. Presume he is innocent. When you sit there, I want you to look and say to yourself, There sits an innocent man.
Scott L. Turow (b. 1949), U.S. lawyer, author. Judge Larren Lyttle, in Presumed Innocent, ch. 26 (1987).
Addressing the jury; Judge Lyttle began the selection of the jury by asking one member whether the defendant committed the crime, and, on receiving the answer, "I wouldn't know, Judge," dismissed the juror.