Magnus Bane: Why are you prosecuting this case?
Lydia Branwell: Because the Law is hard, but… it is the Law. But that doesn’t make it right. We’re trying someone for being compassionate, thinking for herself. She saved a life that was being sacrificed for nothing. I’m looking out at the faces here. A brother and sister who disagree on everything except for how much they love one another… and how loyal they are to each other. A man who took this case pretending to want payment in rare objects, but who really believes that injustice toward his friends is intolerable. Loyalty, decency, compassion, love. These are the concepts that we should consider to decide guilt or innocence in a case like this. The case is nonsense. I withdraw the charges.
Isabelle Lightwood: You know what, Lydia? You're no better than Valentine. But at least he had the guts to tell Downworlders to their faces he wanted them all dead. You... hide behind the Law.
Lydia Branwell: I don't hide behind it, Isabelle. I simply follow it. Because it guards against one very important thing. Shadowhunters fighting other Shadowhunters.