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A Million Little Pieces Criminality

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Possession, Possession with Intent to Distribute, three DUIs, a bunch of Vandalism and Destruction of Property charges, Assault, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Assaulting an Officer of the Law, Public Drunkenness, Disturbing the Peace. I'm sure there's some other s***, but I don't remember exactly what. (1.4.215)

James rattles off his list of charges here really easily. Do you think a guy who had <em>actually </em>committed all these crimes would have such a neat inventory of all the charges?

I am reminded of what I am. I am an Alcoholic and I am a drug Addict and I am a Criminal. (1.7.209)

We feel like we should mention that if James weren't an alcoholic and a drug addict, then he probably wouldn't be a criminal. The alcohol and drugs came first. 

Three more arrests at seventeen. Got first DUI. Blew a .36 and set a County Record. Went to Jail for a week. (1.8.203)

The way James talks about his high blood alcohol content being a "county record" almost makes it sound like he's proud of this, even six years later.

I spent the next year tracking down the Motherf***ers responsible for Michelangelo's murder. (2.4.175)

Leonard is a gangster who goes off on a revenge mission straight out of a Scorsese or Tarantino flick. And James admires him for this. What does this say about James's priorities? What is he trying to prove?

[Bobby] is telling a story about some Mobsters he knows in Brooklyn, claiming that he manages their money through investments in the Stock Market and they get him drugs and women and whatever else he wants. (2.4.200)

Bobby seems to be the kind of low-life criminal that Leonard is, except James looks up to Leonard and thinks Bobby is a fraud. Why do you think that is? Is it because Bobby brags about it to everyone while Leonard keeps his dealings secret and quiet?

Leonard is involved in Organized Crime. He's a fairly major figure in that world. He has been asked not to discuss or flaunt what he does and because he has real and serious Chemical Dependency issues, we did not turn him away. (3.1.146)

Okay, the obvious connection here is that Leonard is a criminal. But it's equally as criminal for Ken, a supervisor at the clinic, to be revealing information like this about another patient to James. It looks like rehab is full of criminals at both ends.

I walked out, and on my way, I told every Cop I saw to go f*** himself. Lilly laughs. (3.1.261-3.1.262)

It's nice that James has found someone who finds his juvenile anti-authority antics humorous. Maybe these two really were made for each other.

The only thing that was bulls*** was the narc charge, and that was bulls*** because I intended to use it, not distribute it. (3.2.134)

Even after listing ten criminal charges, James feels the need to defend himself against one of the charges. Does he think this protects his integrity or something? He's sold drugs plenty of times before, so it's not like this is something that would slander his good name. 

I'll plead guilty, but for now, tell them I'll keep running unless I get some placement other than placement on a Maximum Security Block. (3.3.120)

James finally has to face all the charges he's racked up over the years. We think he gets off easy. His willingness to plead guilty to the charges in Ohio doesn't really feel all that brave when you consider that the other states that have charged him are willing to forgive him. 

My eyes settle on two Boys sitting on a bench. […] They are what I think they are. I know what they're doing. (3.4.777)

James's drug dealing skillz come in handy when he needs to scope out other people who are up to illegal activity. He's able to sniff out (maybe literally, who knows?) two kids at a bus stop who might know where Lilly went after she ran away from the clinic. 

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