Judge Daniel Phelan: I hold you in contempt, Detective!
Detective James 'Jimmy' McNulty: Who doesn't?
Then Officer (former Dectective) James 'Jimmy' McNulty: [to a patrolman who has given someone a ticket at the urging for more arrests] Baker, let me let you in on a little secret, the patrolling officer on his beat is the one true dictatorship in America, we can lock a guy up on the humble, lock him up for real, or say fuck it and drink ourselves to death under the expressway and our side partners will cover us. No one - I mean no one - tells us how to waste our shift!
Detective James 'Jimmy' McNulty: If only half you motherfuckers at the district attorney's office didn't want to be judges, didn't want to be partners in some downtown law firm... If half of you had the fucking balls to follow through, you know what would happen? A guy like that would be indicted, tried and convicted. And the rest of 'em would back up enough, so we could push a clean case or two through your courthouse. But no, everybody stays friends. Everybody gets paid. And everybody's got a fucking future.
Video worth watching through, drawing parallels and thinking about: