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
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.
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.