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  1. Jackie Chiles – a true legend, although his inability to prevent George, Jerry, Kramer and Elaine from going to prison in the final episode is an unfortunate blot on his otherwise sparkling legal career.

    Still, his speech in the courtroom was Chiles at his most Chiles-like:

    “I am shocked and chagrined, mortified and stupefied. This trial is outrageous! It is a waste of the taxpayers’ time and money. It is a travesty of justice that these four people have been incarcerated while the real perpetrator is walking around laughing – lying and laughing, laughing and lying. You know what these four people were? They were innocentbystanders. Now, you just think about that term. Innocent. Bystanders. Because that’s exactly what they were. We know theywere bystanders, nobody’s disputing that. So how can a bystander be guilty? No such thing. Have you ever heard of a guilty bystander? No, because you cannot be a bystander and be guilty. Bystanders are by definition, innocent. That is the nature of bystanding. But no, they want to change nature here. They want to create a whole new animal – the guilty bystander. Don’t you let them do it. Only you can stop them.”

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  3. Jackie Chiles – a true legend, even if his failure to keep Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine out of jail in the final episode casts a shadow over his otherwise sparkling legal career.

    Still, the Seinfeld send-off does feature Chiles at his most Chiles-like, particularly when he lays out the case for the defence with pinpoint precision:

    “I am shocked and chagrined, mortified and stupefied. This trial is outrageous! It is a waste of the taxpayers’ time and money. It is a travesty of justice that these four people have been incarcerated while the real perpetrator is walking around laughing – lying and laughing, laughing and lying. You know what these four people were? They were innocentbystanders. Now, you just think about that term. Innocent. Bystanders. Because that’s exactly what they were. We know theywere bystanders, nobody’s disputing that. So how can a bystander be guilty? No such thing. Have you ever heard of a guilty bystander? No, because you cannot be a bystander and be guilty. Bystanders are by definition, innocent. That is the nature of bystanding. But no, they want to change nature here. They want to create a whole new animal – the guilty bystander. Don’t you let them do it. Only you can stop them.”

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