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In L.A Confidential (1997), Smith saw Edmund's top-ranking test results among 23 candidates. Wondering about Edmund's next move, Smith suggested options. Edmund chose the Detective Bureau, despite Smith's observation that he hesitates to confront weaknesses. Edmund disagreed, prompting Smith to repeat his questions:

Smith: Would you beat a confession out of a suspect you knew to be guilty?

Edmund: No.

Smith: Would you shoot a hardened criminal in the back in order to offset the chance that some lawyer--?

Edmund: No.

What is the complete question that Smith is asking here?

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It's not mentioned in any version or transcript I've checked so far:

  1. Script - 5/3/1996
  2. Script early draft
  3. Full transcript

What you can guess is something like:

Would you shoot a hardened criminal in the back in order to offset the chance that some lawyer can get him off the hook?

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  • The general question Smith is posing is whether Exley is prepared to break the rules–if necessarily severely–in order to achieve justice (which appears to be fairly standard practice in the detective bureau). The context is clear.
    – matt_black
    Commented Aug 10, 2023 at 23:34

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