- U.S. News: You criticize the Miranda ruling, which gives suspects the right to have a lawyer present before police questioning. Shouldn't people, who may be innocent, have such protection?
Meese: Suspects who are innocent of a crime should. But the thing is, you don't have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. That's contradictory. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not a suspect.
- As quoted in Justice under Reagan: Reagan seeks judges with 'traditional approach' (14 October 1985), U.S. News & World Report, p. 67.
- I was attorney general; my name is Meese. I say, go to college. Don't carry a piece.
- As quoted in "Law" (21 February 2003), Da Ali G. Show.