Judge Coglin: Were they born in Africa? Since the answer to that fundamental question shall so heavily govern every determination of this Court, I ask it again. Were they born in Africa?
Joseph Cinque: I met my ancestors.
Joseph Cinque: I will call into the past.
Joseph Cinque: Far back to the beginning of time and beg them to come and help me at the judgement.
Joseph Cinque: I will reach back and draw them into me and they must come.
Joseph Cinque: For at this moment I am the whole reason they have existed at all.
Joseph Cinque: Give us, us free. Give us, us free. Give us, us free. Give us, us free. Give us, us free.
Calderon: What's most bewildering to Her Majesty... is this arrogant independence of the American courts. After all, if you cannot rule the courts, you cannot rule.
Martin Van Buren: Señor Calderon, as any true American will tell you, it's the independence of our courts that keeps us free.