Monday, June 25, 2012

Liberty Quotes

"If a jury have not the right to judge between the government and those who disobey its laws, the government is absolute, and the people, legally speaking, are slaves. " -- Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist

"Jury lawlessness is the greatest corrective of law in its actual administration." -- Roscoe Pound Legal scholar 1910

"[The] purpose of a jury is to . . . make available the common sense judgment of the community as a hedge against the overzealous or mistaken prosecutor and in preference to the professional or perhaps over conditioned or biased response of a judge." -- U.S. Supreme Court Source: Taylor v. Louisiana, 419 U.S. 522, 530 (1975)

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