Joseph Wambaugh

(Joseph Aloysius Wambaugh, Jr.)

Joseph Wambaugh
Joseph Wambaugh
  • Born: January 22, 1937
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer

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As a cop, I dealt with every kind of bum and criminal. They all have more integrity than some Hollywood people.
Civil servants take forever to do anything.
Every time I write a nonfiction book I get sued. Time
I certainly believe it's over for the jury system, but we won't admit it for a while.
I enjoy adapting my own work, or anybody's work. I like to adapt books. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction; that gives me some pleasure, being a detective again.
I hadn't done anything in six years; I was just vegetating.
If you take 67 brush fires times 10 years, that's almost 700 right there. Those brush fires are incredibly dangerous, all those homes going down proved that.
I'm sure I took some licks at the system, and at trials and lawyers in general. I've seen enough of them for so many years both as a cop and a defendant in defamation cases.
Jury selection is strictly an emotional process. They're looking for people they can manipulate. Both sides are.
No one I know of has ever had this experience-where you had to sit and wait and wait for a DNA test to come back just so you can write the last page of the book.
Probably 95 percent of the things that are written never get on the screen.
The O.J. Simpson case, they had no understanding of that DNA evidence, and didn't want to.
The Onion Field made a real writer. And then I knew it was over, I couldn't be a cop anymore.
The Onion Field, that one got pretty close to me because I was a cop when it happened. I saw some of the indifference that my police department showed to the surviving officer.
The serial arsonist is the most difficult to apprehend because the evidence is burned up.
The time has come for professional jurors. Time
Today, lawyers are attacking more; they're attacking everything. A good example is the O.J. Simpson case.
What I didn't know was that if I didn't stand with my back to the wall, Hollywood people would unscrew my ass and sell it down the river.
What is it about the component of fire? People have written about it. People have wondered about it.
When I interview people accused of capital offenses, I never even ask if they did it. I would consider that unprofessional.
When I wrote The Onion Field, I realized that my first two novels were just practice.
You've got people who are looking at DNA evidence and other evidence like that and they're ignoring it.