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If the law is upheld only by government officials, then all law is at an end. Herbert Hoover
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive. Miguel de Cervantes
In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order. Idi Amin
The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror. Peter Kropotkin
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him. Cardinal Richelieu
I don't think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. There's always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent. Jesse Ventura
No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority. Joseph Addison
Who will protect the public when the police violate the law? Ramsey Clark
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest. W. H. Auden
It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape. Thomas Jefferson
I went out to Charing Cross to see Major General Harrison hanged, drawn, and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could in that condition. Samuel Pepys
That which is not just is not law. William Lloyd Garrison
Let the punishments of criminals be useful. A hanged man is good for nothing; a man condemned to public works still serves the country, and is a living lesson. Voltaire
The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people. James A. Garfield
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. Robert Kennedy
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others. Horace
It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state. Bruce Schneier
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. John Stuart Mill
No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion. Carrie Chapman Catt
Justice is such a fine thing that we cannot pay too dearly for it. Alain Rene Le Sage
The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts. Lord Melbourne
Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason. John Harington
A functioning police state needs no police. William S. Burroughs
No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family. J. Edgar Hoover
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire
Good men must not obey the laws too well. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit. Freda Adler
There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals. Ramsey Clark
A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works. Bill Vaughan
However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police. Quentin Crisp
That is a Medieval way of drawing history, in which they do not respect the law and want the rest of the world to respect the law. That's not possible. Emir Kusturica
We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement. William Howard Taft
It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law. Pope Gregory VII
There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them. Charles Caleb Colton
The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards. Felix Frankfurter
It is better that a guilty man should not be brought to trial than that he should be acquitted. Livy
I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story. Edith Wharton
I would rather have honesty and character than prestige and wealth. I can walk and ride the streets of this city, hold my head up, and look all men in the face. Samuel Jesse Battle
What police do is not really about force. Police preserve peace and order principally by educating, leading, persuading people to cooperate in a peaceful community. Any veteran officer will tell you that the essential police skill is talking to people. That is especially true for dealing with young people, who ... no one else really talks to at all. Adam Walinsky
I was cranking out that bullshit on Nixon's crime policy before he was elected. And it was bullshit too. And we knew it. John Dean
The whole [sexual offender] register is a horrible mistake. I think it's utterly ridiculous to take teenage sex and make it a felony. William C. Buhl
If you treat defendants by the same rules of courtesy as everyone else – give them fundamental due process, treat them with dignity, you'll get it back. William C. Buhl
You went online, to use a fisherman's expression, trolling for women to meet and have sex with. That seems to be part of our culture now: Meet, hook up, have sex, sayonara. Totally inappropriate behavior. There is no excuse for this whatsoever. Dennis M. Wiley
For a trivial offence, a free man shall be fined only in proportion to the degree of his offence, and for a serious offence correspondingly, but not so heavily as to deprive him of his livelihood. In the same way, a merchant shall be spared his merchandise, and a villein the implements of his husbandry, if they fall upon the mercy of a royal court. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
Lincoln's paper proclamation must now become iron, lead and fire. Frederick Douglass
... transfer clemency reviews out of the Justice Department and put them in the Department of Health and Human Services.... The department that prosecuted a case and advocated for a sentence is not the appropriate one to conduct a neutral clemency review. Dennis Cauchon
Clemency exists for reasons of "humanity and good policy" and to provide "easy access to exceptions." The founders gave the president solo, unfettered clemency "responsibility" (Hamilton's word) because governments naturally tend to make criminal law overly severe, and one person "appears to be a more eligible dispenser of the mercy of government, than a body of men. Dennis Cauchon
We are in a state of emergency. Here in Texas, we are not afraid of ISIS. We are afraid of the police. Jamal Bryant
We will do our best to keep the trouble out of the rural areas, but if we fail, widespread massacres are inevitable. Evan Meredith Jenkins
I don't care whether you shoot Muslims or not, it has got to be stopped. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Making sensitive political inquiries at the IRS is about as safe a procedure as trusting a whore. Since the administration has no reliable political friends at IRS. We won't be in control of the government and in a position of effective leverage until such time as we have complete and total control of the top three slots of the IRS. Tom Charles Huston
In 44 states, the [parole] board is wholly appointed by the governor, and the well-paid positions can become gifts for former aides and political allies. While some state laws require basic qualifications, these statutes are often vaguely worded, with language that is easily sidestepped. Many states have no minimum requirements at all. Beth Schwartzapfel
The people deemed too dangerous to release therefore become the very people released with no conditions and no supervision. Beth Schwartzapfel
Many state parole boards claim exemptions from state sunshine laws that would be unthinkable for other government officials. Beth Schwartzapfel
There's nothing wrong with this country that we couldn't cure by turning it over to the police for a couple of weeks. George C. Wallace
Negro youths and moderates must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teaching, they will be dead revolutionaries. Federal Bureau of Investigation
If it takes a bloodbath, then let's get it over with. Ronald Reagan
The Mexican government may not want to announce it publicly, but what it is doing is managing the conquest (they'd say the re-conquest, La Reconquista) of the United States through the displacement of one population by another. The displacement has been going on for decades now and in some parts of the Southwest (excuse me, Mexico) is almost complete. In some areas only Spanish is spoken. In others, federal enforcement of immigration laws is not allowed. In all of them, Mexicans remain Mexicans while Americans are pushed out. Samuel Todd Francis
Charging a reporter with trespassing and interfering with a police officer when he was just doing his job is outrageous. This latest action represents contemptable overreaching by prosecutors who seem to have no regard for the role of journalists seeking to cover a major story and following normal practice. Martin Baron
Attribution is as much an art as a science. Tonya L. Ugoretz
The institution of religion exists only to keep mankind in order ... Voltaire
Machine learning signicantly enhances the ability to predict where and when crimes are more likely to happen and who may commit them. Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Study Panel
No longer will there be impunity for crimes against women. Now there is an avenue for recourse. Rigoberta Menchu
What makes someone too mentally ill to be executed? There is no clean answer to this question. But the attempt to answer it consumes substantial resources. If capital punishment had a demonstrable impact on crime, it might make sense to struggle with such a difficult balancing. But any deterrent effect is trivial at best, so the effort devoted to these decisions is wasted. Jeffrey Alan Miron must be clearly proved that, at the time of committing the act, the party accused was labouring under such a defect of reason, from disease of mind, as not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing was wrong; or, if he did know it, that he did not know what he was doing was wrong. House of Lords
When a mad man is executed, it is a miserable spectacle, both against law, and of extreme inhumanity and cruelty, and can be no example to others. Edward Coke
WHEREAS in all other Things, we require the said General Assembly, as also the said Council of State, to imitate and follow the Policy of the Form of Government, Laws, Customs, and Manner of Trial, and other Administration of Justice, used in the Realm of England, as near as may be, even as ourselves, by his Majesty's Letters Patent, are required. Ginni Rometty
In France, and other nations, the mere will of the Prince is Law, his word takes off any man's head, imposeth taxes, or seizes any man's estate …. In England the Law is both the measure and the bound of every Subject's duty and allegiance, each man having a fixed Fundamental Right born with him, as to freedom of his person and property in his estate, which he cannot be deprived of, but either by his consent, or some crime, for which the law has imposed such a penalty or forfeiture. William Penn
When a strong man armed, keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace Book of Luke
If a man by the terror of present death, be compelled to do a fact against the Law, he is totally Excused; because no Law can oblige a man to abandon his own preservation. Thomas Hobbes
You can enforce a contract in China, but not through the legal route. You have to put pressure on in various ways. Tim Clissold
There is absolutely no good reason – medical or law enforcement – that marijuana should not be legal. Nick Gillespie
It is the President upon whom the Constitution devolves, as head of the executive department, the duty to see that the laws be faithfully executed; but as he cannot execute them in person, he is allowed to select his agents, and is made responsible for their acts within just limits. So complete is the presumed delegation of authority in the relation of a head of department to a President, that the Supreme Court of the United States have decided that an order made by a head of department is presumed to be made by the President himself. Andrew Johnson
In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Louis D. Brandeis bloody or unbloody change of society can eradicate the evil in man: as long as there will be men, there will be malice, envy and hatred, and hence there cannot be a society which does not have to employ coercive restraint. Leo Strauss
Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. Louis D. Brandeis
If any one is convicted of theft, let his head by shaved …; let melted pitch be poured upon it, and feathers shaken over it, that he may be known … let him be set on shore at the first land to which the ship approaches. Richard I (Richard Lion-Heart)
All woolen cloths shall everywhere be made of the same breadth, two ells within the lifts …. The ell shall be of the same length over all the kingdom …. No merchant in and part of the Kingdom of England shall stretch before his shop or booth a red or black cloth, or any other thing, by which the sight of buyers is frequently deceived in the choice of good cloth ….. In all cities and burghs, 4 to 6 men, according to the size of the place, shall be appointed to enforce the observation of these regulations by seizing the persons and goods of those who transgress them. Richard I (Richard Lion-Heart)
Loyalty, in the heart and understanding of an Englishman, is a rational attachment to the guardian of the laws. Junius; Philip Francis
Cut off the hands of thieves. It is an exemplary punishment from Allah. Muhammad
The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavor is to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the activities of black nationalist, hate-type organizations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters …. Efforts of various groups to consolidate their forces or to recruit new or youthful adherents must be frustrated. No opportunity should be missed to exploit through counterintelligence techniques the organizational and personal conflicts of the leaderships of the groups and where possible an effort should be made to capitalize upon existing conflicts between competing black nationalist organizations Be alert to determine … personal misconduct on the part of militant nationalist leaders so any practical or warranted counter-intelligence may be instituted. J. Edgar Hoover
The nature of this new endeavor is such that under no circumstances should the existence of the program be made known outside the Bureau and appropriate within-office security should be afforded to sensitive operations and techniques considered under the program. J. Edgar Hoover
Too many people have been spied upon by too many Government agencies and too much information has been collected. The Government has often undertaken the secret surveillance of citizens on the basis of their political beliefs, even when those beliefs posed no threat of violence or illegal acts on behalf of a hostile foreign power. The Government, operating primarily through secret informants, but also using other intrusive techniques such as wiretaps, microphone "bugs", surreptitious mail opening, and break-ins, has swept in vast amounts of information about the personal lives, views, and associations of American citizens. Investigations of groups deemed potentially dangerous -- and even of groups suspected of associating with potentially dangerous organizations -- have continued for decades, despite the fact that those groups did not engage in unlawful activity. Groups and individuals have been harassed and disrupted because of their political views and their lifestyles. Investigations have been based upon vague standards whose breadth made excessive collection inevitable. Frank Church
Governmental officials -- including those whose principal duty is to enforce the law --have violated or ignored the law over long periods of time and have advocated and defended their right to break the law. The Constitutional system of checks and balances has not adequately controlled intelligence activities Frank Church
We´re opening a process against 15% of Congress members. I wonder if in any other part of the world such a massive inquiry in democracy has taken place. This means we´re beginning an in depth cleaning operation to recover the prestige of the Brazilian Legislative which has never had its image so tarnished. Raul Jungmann
I think that you are a war criminal, and I am going to do everything in my power to see that you will be tried as one. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
In Mexico, the people who are put in jail are all the wrong people. The good people are in jail. Elena Poniatowska
Remember the example I have given you of respectful submission to the administration of justice. Andrew Jackson
We in the FBI engaged in some very illegal law enforcement. William Turner
The Department of Justice should never be reduced to a political arm of the White House. Patrick Leahy
The law will never keep up with the machinations of the human mind. Louis Stokes
Crime is the number one problem in Russia. Boris Yeltsin
This law will be impossible to enforce. It will produce contempt for our laws and law enforcement. Fiorello H. La Guardia
No one is ever convicted or cleared just on a polygraph test. Allen Welsh Dulles
I am neither North nor South. I repudiate political geography… I am a man believing in making laws and then whether the law is exactly to my liking or not, enforcing it—whether it be to catch a runaway slave and bring him back to his master or to quell a riot in a disordered territory. Edward Bates
Respect for the law is not an obligation which is exhausted or obliterated by willingness to accept the penalty for breaking it. George F. Kennan
The public must be assured that prosecutorial decisions are made on legal and not political grounds. David Inglesias
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It’s a political process to get to be a United States Attorney but after that, politicians have to adopt a hands off approach to the U. S. Attorneys. Bud Cummins
We want a state of things in which crime will not pay. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The framers of our Constitution thought it was of critical, critical importance, in establishing three branches of government, that we have an independent judiciary. Therefore was that without that, the provisions of the constitution couldn’t be enforced Sandra Day O'Connor
We draw the line against misconduct. Not against wealth. Theodore Roosevelt
I have now run up against an ugly snag, the Sunday Excise law. It is altogether too strict but I have no honorable alternative save to enforce it… to the furious rage of the saloon … keepers, and a good many other peoples too for which I am sorry. Theodore Roosevelt
I would rather see this administration turned out for enforcing laws can see a succeed for violating them. Theodore Roosevelt
When a prosecutor makes a deal with someone and gives him immunity if he testifies, the prosecutor usually gets the testimony he wants. Ted Poe
Trial by jury, the best of all safeguards for the person, the property, and the fame of every individual. Thomas Jefferson
I disapprove... of the proposal to subject the Indians to our laws without their consent,... It is so little in concord with our principles of government. Thomas Jefferson
Plea bargaining is a system that is best described as one of condemnation without adjudication. It is a system that replaces trial, which is what our constitution intended, with deals… those deals are coerced. The prosecutor is basically forcing people to waive their rights to jury trial by threatening them with ever greater sanctions if they refuse to plead and instead demand the right to jury trial. John H. Langbein
History’s most important lesson is that it has not been possible to make coercion compatible with the truth. John H. Langbein
Despite high profile examples of local authorities been tried, convicted, and sometimes even executed for corruption, many officials simply calculate that the payoff for malfeasance is worth the risk of being caught. John L. Thornton
In order to thrive, the slave trade requires the direct or indirect involvement of national governments, at both the source and the destination. Since prophets are high, slavers have plenty of money to pay off government officials and local police…. If ordinary criminals are rarely punished for dealing in slaves, high level officials in such places enjoyed even more impunity. Ethan Kapstein
We have to lock up people, without trial, whether they are communists, whether they are language chauvinists, whether they are religious extremists. If you don't do that, the country would be in ruins. Lee Kuan Yew
If it is not totalitarian to arrest a man and detain him, when you cannot charge him with any offence against any written law --- if that is not what we have always cried out against in Fascist states -- then what is it? Lee Kuan Yew
Given free play, the best policemen act badly more often than not, which is why they are given free play on any large scale only when their employers discern some social utility in their acting badly. Murray Kempton
The war on drugs has produced about 10,000 additional homicides a year. Milton Friedman
Impunity for the great thief, and jail for the thief who steals a loaf. Pablo Neruda
He who helps the guilty, shares the crime. Publius Syrus
For a trivial offence, a free man shall be fined only in proportion to the degree of his offence, and for a serious offence correspondingly, but not so heavily as to deprive him of his livelihood. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
Whoever imposes severe punishment becomes repulsive to the people; while he who awards mild punishment becomes contemptible. But whoever imposes punishment as deserved becomes respectable. Chanakya
Every time when there is an exoneration, and there have been hundreds of them, and somebody walks out of jail after years, people ask, “how could this happen?” …. State sanctioned killing is just wrong. John Grisham
Preventing the arbitrary administration of punishment is a basic ideal of any society that purports to be governed by the rule of law. William J. Brennan, Jr.
There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people. Hubert Humphrey
Every person who is tempted to go astray does not deserve punishment Ali ibn Abi Talib
Lion’s Mouth Anonymous
Crime is a tax on the poor Mark Green
The number one cause of crime is criminals. Mark Green
Abraham Lincoln, in order to maintain the unity of the United States...resorted to the use of, I think Abraham Lincoln, president, is a model, is an example. Zhu Rongji
We spend an awful lot of money on the criminal justice system that could better be spent at the other end of the spectrum. Zell Miller
As long as those responsible are still lurking in the shadows and this culture of silence remains, then certain sections of the community will remain insecure, intimidated and live in fear…. If we succumb to pardoning these men, then we are sabotaging and undermining our own ability to act without fear or favour. We reap what we sow. We will sow a culture of coups for our children. We must therefore, uphold the Rule of Law and Justice. Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau
A wise and frugal Government shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. John E. Schwartz
The States have always borne primary responsibility for operating the machinery of criminal justice within their borders, and adapting it to their peculiar circumstances. John Marshall Harlan
It is a fundamental principle of American law that the regulation of the local police of all the domestic affairs of a State belong to the State itself, and not to the Federal Government. Samuel Scott Marshall
St. Peter had no more authority than the other apostles, and was not the head over the other apostles; and that Christ left behind no head of the church, and did not appoint anyone as his vicar The emperor has the right to make and depose popes and to punish them All priests, whether pope or archbishop or simple priest, are, in accordance with the appointment of Christ, of equal authority and jurisdiction The whole church together can not punish any man with coactive punishment, without the permission of the emperor Marsilius of Padua
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them are abomination … Book of Proverbs; Solomon
I know for a fact that torture is not productive. That’s not professional interrogation. We don’t do torture. Porter Goss
In keeping people straight, principle is not as powerful as a policeman. Abel Hermant
As one reads history, not in the expurgated editions written for schoolboys and passmen, but in the original authorities of each time, one is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime. Oscar Wilde
Laws are only words written on paper, words that change on society's whim and are interpreted differently daily by politicians, lawyers, judges, and policemen. Anyone who believes that all laws should always be obeyed would have made a fine slave catcher. Anyone who believes that all laws are applied equally, despite race, religion, or economic status, is a fool. John J. Miller
You have been tried by twelve good men and true, not of your peers but as high above you as heaven is of hell, and they have said you are guilty. Time will pass and seasons will come and go. Spring with its waving green grass and heaps of sweet-smelling flowers on every hill and in every dale. Then sultry Summer, with her shimmering heat-waves on the baked horizon. And Fall, with her yeller harvest moon and the hills growing brown and golden under a sinking sun. And finally Winter, with its biting, whining wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow. But you won't be here to see any of 'em; not by a damn sight, because it's the order of this court that you be took to the nearest tree and hanged by the neck till you're dead, dead, dead, you olive-colored son of a billy goat. Roy Bean
Many of the very best law-abiding and peace-loving citizens have no confidence in the willingness of the civil officers to pursue and bring to justice that element of outlawry so largely disturbing the sense of security, and so often committing highway robbery and smaller thefts. The opinion in Tombstone and elsewhere in that part of the Territory is quite prevalent that the civil officers are quite largely in league with the leaders of this disturbing and dangerous element. Something must be done, and that right early, or very grave results will follow. If is an open disgrace to American liberty and the peace and security of her citizens, that such a slate of affairs should exist. John J. Gosper
The fact is the condition of affairs in Dodge, instead of improving, as I had hoped, seems to be growing worse. I hear, every now and then, of robberies committed on innocent strangers, who have come to Kansas to seek homes. Visitors inform me that the saloons are increasing, not only in numbers, but in depravity; and that thieves, desperadoes, gamblers and criminals generally, are multiplying. It is also alleged that these lawless characters dominate in the city; that they have terrorized all the better elements of society; that they openly and defiantly flaunt their viciousness and depravity; and that they appear to think there is no power or authority that can reach or punish them. John A. Martin
Things in general will be conducted as of old. All parties that were run out have returned and no further effort will be made to drive them away….. A new dance house was opened Saturday night where all the warriors met and settled their past differences and everything was made lovely and serene. All opposing factions, both saloon men and gamblers met and agreed to stand by each other for the good of their trade. Not an unlooked for result. Ford County Globe
Wyatt Earp, who was on our city police force last summer, is in town again. We hope he will accept a position on the force once more. He had a quiet way of taking the most desperate characters into custody which invariably gave one the impression that the city was able to enforce her mandates and preserve her dignity. It wasn't considered policy to draw a gun on Wyatt unless you got the drop and meant to burn powder without any preliminary talk. Dodge City Times
On Tuesday morning a large group of women came and. demanded, peace .The next day they came again in a far greater number... they became unruly and many women were killed by the trained guard. Thomas Knyvett
I took the decision to stop her from going to the U.S. myself. I took this decision in the best national interest of Pakistan because I truly believed that the invitation would have tarnished Pakistan's international image rather than help improve the lot of women folk in Pakistan or elsewhere in the world. I believe there was a strong ulterior intent of maligning Pakistan by vested interests Pervez Musharraf
The use of rape or sexual intimidation as a means of punishment or retribution, whether by individuals or by groups, is unacceptable in our view. Sean McCormack
There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is go and bleed … It is more important to keep law and order in society than to be worried about weak-kneed people … Pierre Trudeau
The term "free society" is a meaningless, empty phrase if it does not mean a society that is free from harassment from its own police. S. R. Shearer
The laws for the control of terrorists were framed at a time when the terrorists did not have the technology available to them today…. There is a case for re-examining those laws. John Howard
Any community's arm of force—military, police, security—needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity. Lois McMaster Bujold
The Master will allow him no home, that he may become a vagrant. Becoming a vagrant, he will arrest him as a vagabond, and visit him with imprisonment and stripes . . . He will shut him off from the courts, seal his mouth as a witness. Daniel Clark
A reasonable investigation is necessarily one free of torture, free of cruel, inhuman treatment of the subject and free of any degrading handling whatsoever Aharon Barak
I cannot possibly understand how fraternity can be legally enforced without liberty being legally destroyed Frederic Bastiat
It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose. Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom. It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely. It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges. We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. William G. Young
As human beings, we reach out for justice. You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature… if you think you are a soldier, you are not----- you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice. William G. Young
Are all the laws to go unexecuted and the government itself go to pieces, lest civil liberties be violated? Abraham Lincoln
No one will suppose that a government could have lasted a single year, if offenses against its laws could not have been punished without the consent of the state in which the culprit was found. Roger B. Taney
I will not give up my office alive. William A. Barstow
I decline submitting my officials rights and powers to the determination of a coordinate department, usurping a jurisdiction unprecedented in the history of our country, and fraught with the greatest danger to our institutions. I shall deem it my imperative duty to repel, with all of the force vested in this department, any infringement upon my rights and powers. William A. Barstow
If the constitution does not give the court means equal to the political emergency of such cases, it is hardly worth spending any breath upon. Orsamus Cole
Anyone and everyone eventually confesses under torture. Peter Maguire
I'm not happy, frankly. Because I think in a civil society we don't need firearms David Collenette
You do not have to talk to the FBI. You have no obligation to talk to the FBI, even if you are not a citizen. Never meet with them or answer any questions without an attorney present. Council on American-Islamic Relations
Criminals are punished, that others may be deterred. Italian Proverb
A grotesque criminal and terrorist act committed by people who have no conscience or religious values. Terrorism must be handled without mercy. Egypt will always condemn the killing and terrorizing of innocents anywhere in the world. Hosni Mubarak
With these raids the backbone of the radical movement in America is broken. A. Mitchell Palmer
You are giving them a sword if you say you will use a sword yourself. Emma Goldman
Kings have long arms. Portuguese Proverb
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws that cannot be enforced. Albert Einstein
Homosexuality should not be punishable except to protect children. Albert Einstein
I have reached the conviction that the abolition of the death penalty is desirable. Reasons: (1) Irreversibility in the event of an error in justice; (2) detrimental moral influence on those who have to carry out the procedure. Albert Einstein
I think we have to safeguard ourselves against people who are a menace to others, quite apart from what may have motivated their deeds. Albert Einstein
A criminal should be exonerated if it is proven to the court that the blood of the victim was permitted. Iran
The big thieves hang the little ones. Czech Proverb
We shall guard as zealously the rights of the striker as those of the employer. But when riot is menaced it is different. The mob takes its own chance. Order will be kept at whatever cost. If it comes to shooting we shall shoot to hit. No blank cartridges or firing over the head. Theodore Roosevelt
It should be as much the aim of those who seek social betterment to rid the business world of crimes of cunning as to rid the entire body politic of crimes of violence. Theodore Roosevelt
Torture arises in societies afflicted with a culture of dehumanization. Steven Miles
Ali Agha made his rounds wearing his turban of commands. The qadi’s deputy headed the procession with a kawas beside him carrying a sack full of truncheons…Anyone found in violation of the law…was beaten senseless, often dying from the punishment…Thus did Ali Agha inspire great terror. Passersby drew aside as soon as they saw him. Jabarti
We believe that we should spread wide the mantle of justice and benevolence and embrace the different religious communities with mercy and compassion. Measures to improve conditions should include Muslims and non-Muslims alike, who should be provided everything they might hope for in the way of peace and security. Hafiz
Cars are getting stolen every day. Charles H. Ramsey
Just because you are poor and have no voice does not mean that you don’t deserve police protection. Charles H. Ramsey
The N.Y.P.D. does not use police officers in any capacity to distribute misinformation. Paul J. Browne
Utilize undercover officers to distribute misinformation within the crowds Thomas Graham
We will invite him again because the religion of Islam is one of tolerance. We will ask him if he has changed his mind. If so we will forgive him Ansarullah Mawlazezadah
The Usage of Torture is contrary to all the Dictates of Nature and Reason; even Mankind itself cries out against it, and demands loudly the total Abolition of it. Catherine II
Determination by the legislature of what constitutes proper exercise of police power is not final or conclusive. It is subject to supervision by the courts. David Souter
If we [are] to fully discharge the serious responsibilities imposed upon us, the confidential character of our files must be inviolate. J. Edgar Hoover
Consider my Situation: I was a forty nine year old man facing life in prison for encouraging people to face up to new options with courage and intelligence. The American government was being run by Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, Robert Haldeman, G. Gordon Liddy, J. Edgar Hoover and other cynical flouters of the democratic process Timothy Leary
I drove across the bridge over the Potomac River and got out of the car. There were marijuana plants growing as far as the eye could see. And they wanted me to eliminate it. Harry J. Anslinger
The terrorist war has a particular difficulty, which is that the temptation to break the rules -- to torture, to execute in a summary way, to assassinate, etc., all the tools of dirty war -- are almost inevitable in a terrorist war, partly because in a terrorist war there is a fundamental erasing of the boundary between war and crime…. once you're fighting people you don't accept are also enemy combatants, once you make them illegitimate the way the administration has declared our enemies in the terrorist war illegitimate, then anything is possible. And I see a kind of moral disaster. David Rieff
Emotions run high in war and we put a lot of people in prison who did no more than you or I. Lindsey Graham
Laws do not persuade just because they threaten. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The niggers are in our school. Oh, God! Are you going to stand there and let the niggers stay in school. Anonymous
When I treat rape victims, I tell the girls not to go to the police. If she goes to the police, the police will rape her. Shershah Syed
13 Dead. 0 Responsible. Anonymous
Amnesty—an act through which sovereigns forgive the injustices they have committed. Anonymous
Exodusters Anonymous
The great thieves punish the little ones. Anonymous
Item: For baskets and packing of said heads, legs and arms. Anonymous
Law cannot persuade where it cannot punish. Anonymous
The most potent cause of increase in crime [in New York City] has been, without doubt, due to the inefficiency and corruption of the police force, which is demonstrated by the flourishing existence of pickpockets, forgers, counterfeiters and burglars. Anonymous
Negro Hunt Anonymous
Obedience to laws can only be justly enforced on the certainty that those who are called on to obey them have had, either personally or by their representatives, the power to enact, amend, or repeal them. Anonymous
The safety of the people is the supreme law. Anonymous
This is clearly apparent from the unheard of and iniquitous proceedings issued against the Templars, which contain no justice but rather savage tyranny, since they were arrested without warning, suddenly without right or judgment being made, shamefully and dishonorably incarcerated with destructive rage, afflicted with taunts, the gravest threats, and various sorts of torture, compelled to die or produce absurd lies which they knew nothing about, wrongly given into the hands of their enemies, who force them through those torments to read out a foul, filthy and lying list which cannot be conceived by human ears and should not enter the human heart. But when the brothers refuse to produce these lies, although they know absolutely nothing about them, the torments of the attendants who press them daily force them to speak the lies, saying that they must recite them before the Jacobins and assert that they are true if they wish to preserve their lives and obtain the king's plentiful grace. Anonymous
You can go much further with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone. Anonymous
Since you are here strangers, and come into our country, you should conform yourselves to the customs or our country, than impose yours upon us. Anonymous
He [Richard M. Nixon] told us he was going to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn White House. Ralph Abernathy
While men differ in their natural endowments, they must be treated as equal citizens in the eyes of the law; that they should possess equality of opportunity and be afforded some minimum of social benefits. Morris Abram
Changes in court decisions [on defendants' rights] ... have about the same effect on the crime rate as an aspirin would have on a tumor of the brain. David Acheson
Foreigners, when they come to trade with a nations, make themselves temporary citizens, and tacitly consent to be bound by the same laws. John Adams
How could we restrain our fishermen, the boldest men alive, from fishing in prohibited places? John Adams
Penitence must precede pardon. John Adams
Ultra-liberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order. Spiro Agnew
The very word torture is a disgrace to the human race. Alexander I
Drug people are the very vermin of humanity.... Occasionally we must adopt their dress and tactics. Miles Ambrose
Prosecutorial charging and plea bargaining discretion, jury discretion to convict of one or another amorphously distinguished capital or non-capital crime, and gubernatorial discretion to grant or withhold clemency are all equally uncontrolled and uncontrollable. Anthony Amsterdam
Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful easily break through them. Anacharsis
Law has the power to compel: indeed, the ability to enforce is a condition of the ability to command. Thomas Aquinas
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. Hannah Arendt
All citizens are being called to battle. Your weapons are your eyes, your ears, and your intuition. Use them. Exercise your right to familial and social defense … Your information is always useful. Bring it to us. Argentine Army
Good laws, if they are not obeyed, do not constitute good government. Aristotle
Where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up .... The law ought to be supreme over all. Aristotle
To control violence [and other crime] requires a police system of professional investigations and good equipment. We don’t have it. Alvaro Arzu Irigoyen
The war against terrorism is a war of auditors and accountants as much as of weaponry …. Just as we prosecute a terrorist who plants a bomb, we well prosecute the terrorist supporter who writes a check. John Ashcroft
I well understand that the role of Attorney General is to enforce the law as it is, not as I would have it. John Ashcroft
If the wife of a man be walking on the highway, and a man seize her, say to her "I will surely have intercourse with you," if she be not willing and defend herself, and he seize her by force and rape her, whether they catch him upon the wife of a man, or whether at the word of the woman whom he has raped, the elders shall prosecute him, they shall put him to death. There is no punishment for the woman. Assyria
I have told myself that gun control isn't crime control. But more and more my argument in my own ears sounded threadbare. Les AuCoin
There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police We must love one another or die. W. H. Auden
Those to whom evil is done do evil in return. W. H. Auden
Trying to solve the crime problem by building more prison cells is like trying to solve the problem of AIDS by building more hospitals. James Austin
All the convents in Madrid are not worth the life of a single Republican. Manuel Azana
In 1985 five Senators had received contributions from Lincoln Savings and Loan, and had interceded on the bank's behalf with federal regulators. The same request was made of the governor who refused. You don't intervene in the regulatory process. It's law enforcement. It's like a parent ... calling the police chief to say, "Don't touch my kid." It's wrong. [The Senators' efforts delayed the closure of the bank, costing the taxpayers billions of dollars. Bruce Babbitt
Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. Francis Bacon
It is better to pardon the guilty than to take the lives of the innocent Orlando Bandinelli
America is a dirty rag if it will not protect all of its citizens. Ferdinand Lee Barnett
Gentlemen, you are trampling on the sovereignty of this great state.... You are destroying the Constitution of this great nation.... May God have mercy on your souls. Ross Barnett
The essence to reducing violent crime in our society is to take these people [criminals] off the street. William P. Barr
Without very draconian penalties it would be very difficult to flip someone and control organized crime. William P. Barr
You’re in charge of things that go boom and I have things that go clink. William P. Barr
Firms have traditionally ignored the carrot of environmental technology until they felt the stick of environmental enforcement. Max Baucus
... a very foolish lapse of judgement on my part. Stanley G. Bedford
There are over 100 law enforcement agencies in the Federal government. A few years ago the House had a hearing on this and they couldn’t find all of them. Griffin Bell
You’ve got to have safeguards [on law enforcement authorities] if we’re going to continue to have the freedom we’ve had for the past 200 years. Griffin Bell
There is a very strong link between alcohol availability, consumption and crime. William Bennett
Mandatory prison terms is easy to say, but where are we going to put people? William Bennett
Among the several cloudy appellatives which have been commonly employed as cloaks for misgovernment, there is none more conspicuous in this atmosphere of illusion than the word Order. Jeremy Bentham
Why does everyone think that he can be decent enough without the policeman, but that the club is needed for "the others? Alexander Berkman
The constitution has never greatly bothered any wartime President. Francis Biddle
If any person employed in the General Post Office embezzles or secretes the smallest amount of property confided in him he may be publicly whipped and imprisoned for ten years—whilst the officer of a Bank in which the revenue of the U. S. is deposited ... may defraud the institution of millions and escape the criminal law of the United States Nicholas Biddle
Without the burden on the police to adhere to the requirements of the 4th Amendment, you loose the dogs. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The newest "fad" of the penologists is "indeterminate sentences".... This plan ... will work first rate if God will agree to act as the discharging officer. It is hardly likely, though, that he would accept the position: he has long been out of politics. Ambrose Bierce
Let us revise our views and work from the premise that all laws should be for the welfare of society as a whole and not directed at the punishment of sins. John Biggs Jr.
My chief constructive work was devoted to securing a system by which I could compel the body of men under me—against its old custom and obvious self-interest—really to enforce the law. Theodore A. Bingham
The policies and the laws are no better than the people who are enforcing them. Milt Bins
The state should not be allowed to make repeated attempts to convict an individual. Hugo Black
There are a lot of jealous people out there who would do anything to get this case into their jurisdiction. Roy Black
Unless the courts have the power to review the legislative and executive decisions of the nation, we do not have the rule of law… If we don’t follow our own rules, our own Constitution, then, my God, what are we fighting for? Roy Black
It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer. William Blackstone
I don’t mind dying now that I’ve killed Msiri. Thank God my death will not be in vain. I’ve delivered Africa from one of her most detestable tyrants. Omer Bodson
The foundation upon which democracy rests is faith in the moral instincts of the people. Its ballot boxes, the franchise, its laws, and constitutions are but the outward manifestations of the deeper and more essential thing—a continuing trust in the moral purposes of the average man and woman. William E. Borah
The statutes are never enforced, but legislators, who would be aghast at any enforcement effort, nevertheless often refuse to repeal them. Robert Bork
Policewomen Louise de Koven Bowen
Yet all this could not suppress the breaking out of sundry notorious sins, … especially drunkenness and uncleaness; not only incontinencie between persons unmarried, for which many both men and women have been punished sharply enough, but some married persons also. But that which is worse, even sodomy and buggery, (things fearful to name) have broke forth in this land William Bradford
The reality of going before the voters and seeking election should force Congressmen to behave. Stanley Brand
All law is a dead letter without public opinion behind it. Louis D. Brandeis
The government may set decoys to entrap criminals. But it may nor provoke or create a crime, and then punish the criminal, its creature. Louis D. Brandeis
No regulation can be enforced which is not reasonable.... Unenforceable or harassing laws tend to make criminals. Louis D. Brandeis
Corruption, Racisim, Brutality. You cannot break the law to enforce the law under any circumstances. William J. Bratton
American police departments, by and large, are less corrupt than any other police departments in the world. William J. Bratton
You need to pay attention to the little things as well as the big things. William J. Bratton
Let them bring me prisoners, and I’ll find them law. Robert MacQueen Braxfield
Even the vilest criminal remains a human being possessed of common human dignity. William J. Brennan, Jr.
It is monstrous that courts should aid or abet the law-breaking police officer. William J. Brennan, Jr.
Victims have a right to be heard and be involved in the process … Traditional Navajo law gives them the right to be made whole. Donovan D. Brown
Society, by setting forth clear penalties for certain kinds of conduct sets its public ratification on moral judgments that this is wrong behavior and that it is deserving of punishment irrespective of whether the punishment will deter, rehabilitate or anything else. It is a way of society of defining what is wrong and what is seriously wrong. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Of course I am an optimist. You can't do what I do without being optimistic. Lee P. Brown
I intend to be vehement in my enforcement of the [foreign trade] laws. We've got to stop getting rolled. Ronald H. Brown
In Sacramento you simply had to think about what the law ought to be and leave it to someone else to implement. In San Francisco, you hear about it the next day. Willie Brown
Where in the Constitution does it give the federal government the right to be involved with crime control to begin with. Harry Browne
It is clear that in some instances the use of microphone surveillance is the only possible way of uncovering the activities of espionage agents, possible saboteurs and subversive persons. In such instances I am of the opinion that the national interest requires that microphone surveillance be utilized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Herbert Brownell
Civil war was taught them [Americans] that "the sacred right of insurrection" is as much out of place in a democratic state as in an aristocratic or a monarchical state; and that the government should always be clothed with ample authority to arrest and punish whoever plots its destruction. Orestes Augustus Brownson
The country is being flooded with illegal liquor and that either Congress will need to modify the law or spend incalculable sums to enforce it [Prohibition]. Emory R. Buckner
Any community's arm of force—military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. Lois McMaster Bujold
There isn't any way to keep drugs out of this country. Dale Bumpers
A machine as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of the people, and the debasement of human nature itself as ever proceeded from the ingenuity of man. Edmund Burke
Manners are more important than laws. Upon them, in great measure, the laws depend. Edmund Burke
A chief executive doesn’t get to pick and choose which laws he will enforce. George W. Bush
Regulatory enforcement mechanisms need to be sure and they need to be swift. Lynn Butler
Is there not blood enough upon your penal code? George Gordon Byron
Our job is to incarcerate offenders and not hospitalize sick people…. We are reluctant to advocate better mental help facilities within our jail as it would only attract more people in need of mental health services John Caceci
People want to kill people because they don't want them out on the street again. Patrick Caddell
Bookmaking is the most menacing racket in the entire field of organized crime. California State Crime Commission
A nation creates itself not just with what it remembers, but with what it forgets. Oscar Camilion
The "flatfoot mentality" insists that any individual or organization that wants to change anything in our present system is somehow subversive of "the American way," and should be under constant surveillance—a task that seems to absorb most of our resources for fighting genuine crime. Virginia Anne Carabillo
Crime is contagious. Benjamin N. Cardozo
The punishment of the wrongdoer is not designed as atonement for a crime; it is a solace to the individual who has suffered a private wrong. Benjamin N. Cardozo
I see no reason why big-shot crooks should go free while the poor ones go to jail. Jimmy Carter
A State is not morally free to allow anarchy and license ... even if the majority should so desire. Catholic Association for International Peace
Systematic recourse to violence put forward as the necessary path to liberation has to be condemned as a destructive illusion and one that opens the way to new forms of servitude. One must condemn with equal vigor violence exercised by the powerful against the poor, arbitrary action by the police, and any form of violence established as a system of government. Catholic Church
Those who do not prevent crimes when they could, encourage them. Cato the Elder; Cato the Censor; Marcus Porcius Cato
If you want to cut down crime in America, give people some jobs. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
Why does the new crime bill have so many new ways of killing people? Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
I would rather see the objects of the war fail,—I would rather see the seamen of the country …. and our commerce swept away …, than see the long arm of the Treasury indirectly thrust into the pocket of the citizen through the penal law. Langdon Cheves
Criminal justice should not be a show for citizens. Jean Chretien
All presbyters, clerks, monks, converts, pilgrims, and peasants, when they are engaged in the labours of husbandry, together with their cattle in their ploughs, and the feed which they carry into the field, shall enjoy perfect security; and that all who molest tem, if they do not desist when they have been admonished, shall be excommunicated. Church of England
We do not believe that any religious society has authority to try men on the right of property or life, to take from them this world's goods, or to put them in jeopardy of either life or limb, or to inflict any physical punishment upon them. They can only excommunicate them from their society, and withdraw from their fellowship. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons
Violence is the most ubiquitous symptom of a disease spreading through our society—an epidemic of lawlessness which, unless checked in time, could prove fatal to democracy itself. Frank Church
Crimes are not to be measured by the issue of events, but from the bad intentions of men. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Let the punishment fit the crime. Noxiae poena par esto. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Extreme justice is extreme injustice. Summum jus, summa injuria. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Who profits from this? Cui bono? Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
I would fill the penitentiaries and jails of the United States so full of Trust magnates that their arms and legs would stick out the windows. James B. Clark
Of all the remedies a civilized society uses to punish people for committing a crime, I don't think killing people is one of them. Kenneth Clarke
The people become more observant of justice, and do not refuse to submit to the laws when they see them obeyed by their enactor. Claudian
We are using the criminal justice system to try and achieve political ends in this country …. It is part of a vast right wing conspiracy. Hillary Clinton
Protections in law should be protections in fact. Bill Clinton
I don't care what the law is, tell me who the judge is. Roy M. Cohn
Our criminal justice system affirmatively depends on inequality. David D. Cole
Oppressive government is more terrible than tigers. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket. Joseph Conrad
We cannot arrest our way out of the drug problem. Thomas A. Constantine
It is the duty of a citizen not only to observe the law but to let it be known that he is opposed to its violation. Calvin Coolidge
Instead of a government of law we have a government of lawlessness. Against the continuation of such a condition I enter my solemn protest. Calvin Coolidge
We owe those people who live scared some immediate relief.... If this is really a war, let's declare war. H. R. Crawford
We have a great many chiefs and headmen but, be they ever so great, they must all abide by the laws ... These laws are not made for any person in particular but for all. Creek Nation
I would rather risk myself in an Indian fight than venture among these creatures after night. God deliver me from such constituents or from a party supported by such. David Crockett
The bill is incapable of being executed …. It proceeds entirely upon the idea that the State governments will lend their aid to carry it into effect. David Daggett
It is there and you know you can’t get rid of it, so you have to live with it. But never let it become so strong that it dominates you. Richard Joseph Daley
Shoot to maim or cripple anyone looting any stores in our city. Richard Joseph Daley
This administration and the people of Chicago have never condoned brutality at any time, but they will never permit a lawless violent group of terrorists to menace the lives of millions of people, destroy the purpose of this national political convention, and take over the streets of Chicago. Richard Joseph Daley
[Police] officers fought so hard for career advancement, that they had little time for fighting crime. Robert Daley
Did the Government kill people? John C. Danforth
He who flees proves himself guilty. Danish Proverb
The man who was excellent, I rewarded him well; who was evil, I punished him well. Darius I
There's no way you can depend on the Attorney General of the United States to investigate high government officials. Samuel Dash
The lifeblood of organized crime is gambling, and although I have no scruples about a couple of fellows making a wager, the fact of the matter is that organized crime thrives on illicit income from gambling. Edward M. Davis
There are too many people with a Father Flanagan philosophy that there is no such thing as a bad boy. There are plenty of bad boys. Edward M. Davis
We're recycling very dangerous criminals over and over again. Edward M. Davis
The choice is De Gaulle or anarchy. Charles de Gaulle
In general, the FBI investigative work I saw was of poor quality. The Bureau dealt excessively in rumor, gossip and conjecture. John Dean
Our Constitution does not require that all crimes be solved. Alan Dershowitz
The first thing a good lawyer does is immediately presume the guilt of his client. Alan Dershowitz
Ye shall not do ... every man what is right in his own eyes. Book of Deuteronomy
So different are the private Interests of Men, so various and headstrong their Passions and Lusts, that good Laws and a strict Execution of them, will probably bring upon you the odium of many. Ebenezer Devotion
Watch out for the man who talks of putting things in order. Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control. Denis Diderot
The power to investigate and prosecute is the power to destroy. Joseph E. diGenova
I don't hang anyone—the law does. Matt Dillon
It is more difficult [for foreign governments] to ignore or defy a convention signed by 120 countries than a bilateral treaty with the United States. J. Mark Dion
As laws are necessary that good manners may be preserved, so good manners are necessary that laws may be maintained. Benjamin Disraeli
What is crime among the multitude is only vice among the few. Benjamin Disraeli
The law does not content itself with classifying and punishing crime. It invents crime. Norman Douglas
Slavery cannot exist a day or an hour anywhere, unless it is supported by local police regulations. Stephen Douglas
Slavery cannot exist a day or an hour anywhere, unless it is supported by local police regulations. Stephen Douglas
Can there be any doubt that a Bill of Rights that in time of peace bars soldiers from being quartered in a home without the consent of the owner should also bar the police from investigating the intimacies of the marriage relation? William O. Douglas
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass
Treason is not own'd when 'tis decried; Successful crimes alone are justified. John Dryden
A federal grand jury can indict on no evidence at all. I want everyone to understand that the fact that there's an indictment means nothing, zippo, absolutely nothing. Kevin T. Duffy
Do equall Law and right to all the King's Subjects rich and poor. Daniel Dulany
Of all the tasks of government, the most basic is to protect its citizens from violence. John Foster Dulles
It will put a lasting curse on our poor country. Isadora Duncan
I was hired to stop the killing. Wyatt Earp
Our military is trained to kill our enemies in foreign lands, not to do civilian law enforcement within our country. Chet Edwards
Every time there is a perceived crisis, law-enforcement agencies and legislators overreact, and usually due process and civil liberties suffer. Don Edwards
How can we expect other nations to respect our law if we don't respect theirs? Don Edwards
America has never before had reproductive police. Mark Eibert
A person who is no longer with us has a rather difficult time proving his innocence …. In Texas and elsewhere in the country, people’s innocence is determined by their income. Rodney Ellis
Human rights cannot be conceived from a local perspective, The right to trial of the accused cannot have a meaning which is substantially different from another country. Awad El-Morr
We cannot and should not repeal Article 17. We have to allow for the individualization of punishment and we have to take into consideration the emotional state of the perpetrator when he committed the crime. This prerogative is given to judges in the West as well. Awad El-Morr
Excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted England
WHEREAS great delays have been used by sheriffs, gaolers and other officers, to whose custody, any of the King's subjects have been committed for criminal or supposed criminal matters … England
A foolish covenant ought not to be held. English Proverb or Saying
Drunkenness excuseth no vice. English Proverb or Saying
Many without punishment, but none without sin. English Proverb or Saying
Our sovereign lord is above his laws. English Proverb or Saying
In other words, in order to capture criminals, the law enforcement agencies must act criminally—a little lawbreaking does wonders for law and order. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Law is not self-executing. Unfortunately, at times its execution rests in the hands of those who are faithless to it. And even when its enforcement is committed to those who revere it, law merely deters some human beings from offending, and punishes other human beings for offending. This does not make men good. This task can be performed only by ethics or religion or morality. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
I don't like the surgeon's knife, but sometimes a cancer comes, a cancer on the body politic, and has to be eradicated the same way. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
The real answer to the problem of crime committed by persons on bail, and indeed the solution to the general problem of crime, lies not in preventive detention of individuals presumed innocent, but in the speedy trial of the accused and the swift and sure punishment of the guilty. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
Do not take bribes, for they blind the clear-eyed and upset the pleas of the just. Book of Exodus
In Sicily the Mafia kills the servants of the State that the State has not been able to protect. Giovanni Falcone
In many parts of Italy the only revolutionary factor would be the full application of the rule of law. Giovanni Falcone
What we had to do was to make it more dangerous for the federal government not to enforce federal law. James Farmer
If you want to stop crime in America you must stop it at the top ... You cannot stop it at the bottom because the bottom is a reflection of the top. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
… blind apostles not of mere justice but of all human decency, blind apostles not of equity but of all human outrage and vengeance. William Faulkner
If I do nothing else, I'm going to make this a safe state. Dianne Feinstein
If laws are going to work in this country, there has to be some finality. Dianne Feinstein
A convict is not to be scourged until the flesh fall from his body and he die under the lash, though he may have committed a hundred offenses, for each of which, separately, a whipping of twenty stripes might be inflicted. Stephen J. Field
What was right yesterday can't be wrong today. Klaus Filbinger
I trust them …. You very seldom have any corruption problems with women in Mexico We are trying to regain the confidence of the people, and I think it will be easier for women to get closer to the people. Alejandro Gertz Manero
Whenever the offense inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigor of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind. Edward Gibbon
He who murders a black man shall be hanged ... he who robs the black man of his liberty or his property shall be punished like other criminals. [This shows that there were members of Congress who were concened about equal protection under the law for Blacks. However, the Southerners killed any chance of Senate passage and there was no effort in equal justice until Reconstruction. That was not very effective, and it took the Civil Rights Act of 1963 to start the process that improved the fairness of law enforcment with Black victims slowly. By the turn of the 21st century, substantial progress had been made, but equal justice still had not been completely attained. Joshua Reed Giddings
All lawyers are the natural enemies of the police. Michael Gilbert
When constabulary duty's to be done A policeman's lot is not a happy one. William Gilbert
Any politician who wants to eliminate parole just doesn’t understand law enforcement. James Gilmor
Drug prohibition enriches criminals and creates an artificially inflated price that lures young people into the drug trade.... We have created a drug exception to the Constitution. Ira Glasser
It is unfair to the public to pretend that law enforcement efforts more than a marginal solution to the problem of crime. Ira Glasser
If you hang them all, you will get the guilty. But that's not the American way of doing things. Ira Glasser
The rankest form of hypocrisy. Laws that are good enough for everybody else ought to be good enough for us. John Glenn
To have a body of humanitarian law, built up over decades and accepted by the great majority of U. N. member states, without an enforcement mechanism is a fruitless exercise. Richard J. Goldstone
Today there's law and order in everything. You can't beat anybody for nothing. If you do beat anyone, it's got to be for the sake of order. Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch
The FBI would rather be a little heavy handed than empty handed. Kenneth de Graffenreid
We have crime without punishment. Phil Gramm
The New York City Police should take machine guns to the Gay Pride Parade and mow them down. Bob Grant
Laws are to govern all alike—those opposed as well as those who favor them. Ulysses S. Grant
Is that so? Well, that's the man I will reappoint, for he knows how to do his duty, irrespective of the man or station. Ulysses S. Grant
I shall on all subjects have a policy to recommend, but none to enforce against the will of the people. Ulysses S. Grant
No personal consideration should stand in the way of performing a public duty. Ulysses S. Grant
I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution Ulysses S. Grant
Let no guilty man escape, if it can be avoided. No personal considerations should stand in the way of performing a public duty. Ulysses S. Grant
Are there two sets of laws in this country—one that applies to Congress and one for the rest of America? At a minimum, it goes to a lack of public accountability. At its worst, it's raw hypocrisy. The practice ought to stop, and today is as good a time as any to start. Charles Grassley
Corporate 'citizens' are the leading outlaws. They may regularly violate the law without surrendering their political rights. William Greider
Democracy requires a strong civil service—government employees who are sufficiently protected from random political influences to carry out the law in a disinterested fashion. William Greider
The federal government, of course, enjoys a crucial advantage in its ability to evade laws. It owns the prosecutor. William Greider
A wise government knows how to enforce with temper or to conciliate with dignity. George Grenville
Would you approve of your young sons, young daughters—because girls can read as well as boys—reading this book? Is it a book that you would have lying around in your own house? Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read? Mervyn Griffith-Jones
Christians never shall employ the sword to protect property, character, liberty or life. Let the heathen rule us. Thomas Smith Grimke
For all our policing, we understand that law enforcement is not the solution to the problem of drugs in our society. Charles A. Gruber
For those of you living in the past, let me tell you we will not tolerate breaking the law. Vincente Fox
He must be a bold man indeed who is confident that he knows what causes crime. Felix Frankfurter
We are the most scrutinized agency of the Federal government and we should be because of the enormous power we have and its potential for abuse Louis Freeh
We do not fear you [the Mafia] any more. We will root you out from under every rock, from the dark places where you hide. Louis Freeh
Within the realm of the law, we have to be as severe as we can. We will not simply give capital punishment to all criminals, but those who deserve it will get it. Fu Changlu
Violation of workers' rights persists, but workers can't turn to the authorities because it is the authorities themselves who commit the violations. Manuel Fuentes
The more laws, the more offenders. Thomas Fuller
My 26 years experience as a police officer and official, including command of two police districts, tells me that unfortunately the only short-term response that can counter the on-street violence and offer neighborhoods relief from crime and drugs is aggressive law enforcement.... Cities and states have made police the institution of first response rather than of last resort in addressing this crisis. Isaac Fulwood Jr.
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for a breach is more so. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Coercion is the basis of every law in the universe. James A. Garfield
Hungry men have no respect for law, authority or human life. Marcus Garvey
People do have a right to protect themselves, and they are not protected by the justice system. Daryl Gates
There are a lot of nuts out there. Daryl Gates
When the laws lack clarity to the point where police officers who apply them have diverging opinions on their interpretation, can we reasonably expect that ordinary citizens can figure them out? Raymond Gauthier
It’s a miserable piece of legislation, but its on the books so we’ve got to enforce it. Joseph de Genova
This is a business that works outside the law. Clair E. George
How vainly shall we endeavor to repress crime by our barbarous punishment of the poorer class of criminals. Henry George
It will perhaps be somewhat surprising to learn that there is no Federal law which makes it a crime for one person to hold another in slavery or involuntary servitude, unless such person has been, in the first instance, kidnapped or carried away or bought or sold. Stanley W. Finch
Every murder strikes at the heart of civilization; it is an attack on all mankind. Rae Foley; Elinore Denniston
If you're riding down somewhere, and a cop stops you and starts to put you under arrest, even though you haven't committed any crime, go to jail. Mississippi is not the place to start conducting constitutional law classes for the policemen, many of whom don't have a fifth-grade education. James Forman
a law unto himself who responds only to his own conversation. Abe Fortas
It is vastly cheaper to build schoolhouses than jails. T. Thomas Fortune
Athens put to death the people who made it their business to trade on the passions of men. A common whipping post might be very wholesome for New York today. Newell Dwight Hills
If public officers will infringe men's rights, they ought to pay greater damages than other men, to deter and hinder other officers from the like offences. John Holt
Intricate and involved rules of procedure have become the refuge of both big and little criminals. There is a belief abroad that by invoking technicalities, subterfuge, and delay, the ends of justice may be thwarted by those who can pay the cost. Herbert Hoover
Our whole system of self-government will crumble either if officials elect what laws they will enforce or citizens elect what laws they will support. Herbert Hoover
Respect for law is fading from the sensibilities of our people. Twenty times as many people in proportion to the population are lawlessly killed in the United States as in Great Britain. There are fifty times as many robberies. Life and property are relatively more unsafe than in any civilized country in the world. Herbert Hoover
Rigid and expeditious justice is the first safeguard of freedom, the basis of all ordered liberty, the vital force of progress.... Justice must not fail because the agencies of enforcement are either delinquent or inefficiently organized. Herbert Hoover
We get the fundamental confusion that government, since it can correct much abuse, can also create righteousness. Herbert Hoover
Law enforcement, however, in defeating the criminal, must maintain inviolate the historic liberties of the individual. J. Edgar Hoover
Law enforcement does not ask an advantage in its struggle with the lawless. It asks only that the scales of justice be balanced. The cause of justice is not served when hardened criminals are allowed to go free through legal technicalities. J. Edgar Hoover
We [the FBI] are a fact-gathering organization only. We don't clear anybody. We don't condemn anybody..... The minute the FBI begins making recommendations on what should be done with its information, it becomes a Gestapo. J. Edgar Hoover
Before science all things must fall, including the ramparts of criminality. J. Edgar Hoover
What we need in America today is judges; we need mayors; we need governors who are willing to stand up to our Supreme Court. I am convinced that if men of courage in positions of leadership … would stand, it would bring about a significant constitutional crisis. Stephen Horze
We are ruled by public opinion, not by statute law. Elbert Hubbard
Laws that do not embody public opinion can never be enforced. Frank McKinney Hubbard; Abe Martin
Violence breeds counter-violence. Hubert Horatio Humphery
Pakistan is a democracy. We cannot do anything against human rights. Mushastaid Hussain
Men and women straying from the Catholic faith have abandoned themselves to devils, incubi and succubi, and by incantations … have slain infants in the mother’s womb …. They hinder men from performing the sex act and women from conceiving … Innocent VIII; Giovanni Battista Cibo
Woe unto them ... who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right! Book of Isaiah
John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it. Andrew Jackson
The laws of the United States must be executed. I have no discretionary power on this subject; my duty is emphatically pronounced in the Constitution. Andrew Jackson
Justice in this country is an insurance policy. It’s not something that we’re supposed to get sometimes. Jessie Jackson Jr.
All kings that are not tyrants, or perjured, will be glad to bound themselves within the limits of their laws. James I
That means that I shall be under the law, which it is treason to affirm. James I
Compassionate killing Japan
Educate and inform the mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. Thomas Jefferson
An equal application of law to every condition of man is fundamental Thomas Jefferson
If anything pass in a religious meeting seditiously and contrary to the public peace, let it be punished in the same manner and no otherwise than as if it had happened in a fair or market. Thomas Jefferson
The execution of the laws is more important than the making them. Thomas Jefferson
The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens. Thomas Jefferson
When any one state in the American union refuses obedience to the Confederation, by which they have bound themselves, the rest have a natural right to compel them to obedience. Thomas Jefferson
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the highest duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of a high obligation.... To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself ... absurdly sacrificing the end to the means. Thomas Jefferson
For them an iota of forgiveness should not be given. Jiang Zemin
Robbery is a crime; rape is a crime; murder is a crime; treason is a crime and crime must be punished. The law provides for it, and the courts are open. Treason must be made infamous and traitors must be impoverished. Andrew Johnson
Should someone go to jail for just doing drugs? I believe the time has come for that to end. Gary Johnson
If I had been with a girl and she had been stung by a bumblebee, then they would put me in Sing Sing. Lyndon B. Johnson
There is no American right to loot stores, or to burn buildings, or to fire rifles from the rooftops. That is crime—and crime must be dealt with forcefully and swiftly, and certainly—under law. Lyndon B. Johnson
One of the best ways to kill a civil rights concept is to pass a law and not enforce it. Mary Johnson
The magistrate has the right to enforce what he thinks, and he who is conscious of the truth has a right to suffer. Samuel Johnson
I can raise more hell in jail than out. Mother Jones; Mary Harris Jones
To punish a man because he has committed a crime, or because he is believed, though unjustly, to have committed a crime, is not persecution. To punish a man, because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals. Niccolo Machiavelli
The principal foundations of all states are good laws and good arms; and there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms. Niccolo Machiavelli
The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in your face while it picks your pocket Charles Macklin
If the public realized the dangers that we are facing [from drugs], they would be willing to put up with some inconvenience and accept the fact that we will enforce the laws and some persons may be innocently damaged .... I don't want anyone [innocent] hurt, but it may be part of the price we will have to pay. Robert H. Macy
Equal laws protecting equal rights are the best guarantee of loyalty & love of country. James Madison
Equal laws protecting equal rights ... the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country. James Madison
Mexico needs a new culture of legality. Jorge Madrazo Cuellar
We should be artistic in causing harm to them [dissidents.] Ali Hassan Majeed
Perhaps the society has been too quick to understand and too slow to condemn. John Major
This is an fascist society. We have to change its authoritarian structure …. And in the process we have to let a lot of people get away with crimes. Jaime Malamud
To have clemency, it is necessary to admit guilt. Nicola Mancini
If a king did not, without tiring, inflict punishment on those deserving to be punished, the stronger would roast the weaker like fish on a spit. Code of Manu
You cannot control a free society by force. Robert Mark
Laws abridging the natural right of the citizen should be restrained by rigorous constructions within their narrowest limits. Thomas Jefferson
It is the obligation of every government to yield protection to their citizens as the consideration for their obedience Thomas Jefferson
He is violating his oath of office. Tom Tancredo
The compulsions of the law seem to have been provided for those only who require compulsions Thomas Jefferson
The fundamental democratic principles on which American Society is organized, are those principles of justice and mercy by which the guilty, the ignorant, the needy, and the infirm, are saved and blessed. Harriet Martineau
It is better that Ten Suspected Witches should escape, than that one Innocent Person should be condemned. Increase Mather
If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast if from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Book of Matthew
Judge not, that ye be not judged. Book of Matthew
There are so many people who have committed real crimes who are free in Chile. So the fact that these persons today are detained for helping me exercise the right of freedom of expression seems very sad. Alejandra Matus
It is true that no man is above the law but neither should any man be asked to break the law in order to buy his freedom. Susan McDougal
If we started prosecuting people for sin, we’d all be in jail. George McGovern
Please be advised that I cannot authorize the installation of a microphone involving a trespass under existing law. J. Howard McGrath
If he had been sent to check out Bluebeard's castle, he would have come back with a glowing report about the admirable condition of the cutlery. Mary McGrory
Courts, not mobs, must execute the penalties of the law. William McKinley
Police Against the New World Order Jack McLamb
To punish the same act by the two governments [state and federal] would violate, not only the common principles of humanity, but would be repugnant to the nature of both governments. John McLean
Even the animal inspectors of the Department of Agriculture have a badge and carry a gun. Everyone wants a badge and a gun. Then they want arrest powers. Then, red lights on their car, and finally they want law enforcement retirement benefits …. It’s hard to find all the people in the federal government who have badges and guns. Edwin Meese
There are a lot of weak people out there who will say almost anything they think a prosecutor wants them to say to save their skins. Edwin Meese
You don't have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. Edwin Meese
But it's the men who are attacking the women. If there's to be a curfew, let the men stay home, not the women. Golda Meir
If there be no officer to enforce the Law, of what avail is the judge? Midrash
Anyone caught with tobacco will be tortured until he gives up the name of his supplier. Alexei Mikhailovitch
A people who are revolted by an execution, but not shocked at an assassination--require that the public authorities should be armed with much sterner powers of repression than elsewhere, since the first indispensable requisites of civilized life have nothing else to rest on. John Stuart Mill
A rude people, though in some degree alive to the benefits of civilized society, may be unable to practice the forbearance which it demands: their passions may be too violent, or their personal pride too exacting, to forego private conflict, and leave to the laws the avenging of their real or supposed wrongs. John Stuart Mill
Murder of a man by his wife was called treason (petty as distinguished from high treason), and was more cruelly avenged than was usually the case with high treason; John Stuart Mill
Order is said to exist where the people of the country have, as a general rule, ceased to prosecute their quarrels by private force, and acquired the habit of referring the decision of their disputes and the redress of their injuries to the public authorities. John Stuart Mill
Progress includes Order, but Order does not include Progress. John Stuart Mill
The laws of most countries are far worse than the people who execute them, and many of them are only able to remain laws by being seldom or never carried into effect. John Stuart Mill
There is no good reason why police, or gaols, or the administration of justice, should be differently managed in one part of the kingdom and in another. John Stuart Mill
Government's first responsibility is the safety of its citizens. James P. Moran
Do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God Book of Mormon
As to the thief, male or female cut off his or her hands. Muhammad
Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, wounds equal for equal Muhammad
The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messengers is execution or crucifixion or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides Muhammad
If God should punish men according to what they deserve, he would not leave on the back of the earth so much as a beast. Muhammad
The masses, the public, is too strict. Abdul Hakeem Mujahid
I am anxious that the Justice Department should be a force for the protection of the people's liberties. Frank Murphy
There was more violent crime among poor Irish immigrants in New York City 100 years ago than there is among blacks and Puerto Ricans today. Patrick Murphy
People don’t willingly cooperate [with a prosecutor] unless you’ve got something to hold over their heads. Charles La Bella
This incident shows how complex the lobby law is. Douglas La Follette
The time has come when the Executive branch of this Government must enforce the plain letter of the law and check monopoly, or it must turn the people over boldly into the hands of exploiters grown impudent and ruthlessly aggressive through long years of wanton violation of the law. Robert M. La Follette
The executive [President] could have saved the people from the appalling conditions which confront us today, if all the power of this government had been put forth to enforce the [Sherman] Anti-Trust law. Robert M. La Follette
Where public opinion is free and uncontrolled, wealth has a wholesome respect for the law. Robert M. La Follette
People without jobs cannot be expected to behave in a lawful, measured way. Ann Landers
Former good legislators have erred, and those of the best polity may err again, and enact laws which ought to be disobeyed and resisted. Samuel Langdon
All free constitutions are formed with two views—to deter the governed from crime, and the governors from tyranny. John Lansing Jr.
The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be. Lao Tzu
In government it is order that matters. Lao Tzu
We are incapable of maintaining peace and order and to enforce the law with the resources we have. Robert Lavigne
If you’re going to have the death penalty, you had better be sure that you have the right man. Patrick Leahy
Laws can only be as effective as the willingness of people to obey them. Patrick Leahy
In order for us to respect law enforcement, it is necessary for law enforcement to respect us. Sheila Jackson Lee
It is better to destroy 100 innocent people than to let one guilty one escape. Vladimir Lenin
If the laws of the state are openly at variance with the laws of God—if they inflict injury upon the Church—... then indeed it becomes a duty to resist them, a sin to render obedience. Leo XIII
To despise legitimate authority, no matter in whom it is invested, is unlawful; it is rebellion against God's will. Leo XIII
Perhaps at no time in our history had there been such a wholesale violation of civil liberties. William Leuchtenburg
You shall have one law for the stranger and citizen alike. Book of Leviticus
You shall not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor. Book of Leviticus
We should not hesitate to take forceful action against criminal activities and to eliminate social evils. If we are too tender-hearted, we will come to grief. Li Peng
Obviously crime pays, or there would be no crime. G. Gordon Liddy
Too many things that happen in this country give the impression that our system is blind in the right eye. Jutta Limbach
The severest justice may not always be the best policy. Abraham Lincoln
It is as much the duty of government to render prompt justice against itself, in favor of citizens, as it is to administer the same between private individuals. Abraham Lincoln
Let every man remember that to violate the law is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own and his children's liberty. Abraham Lincoln
No law is stronger than is the public sentiment where it is to be enforced. Abraham Lincoln
We must make good in essence as well as in form Madison's avowal that "the word slave ought not to appear in the Constitution"; and we must even go further and decree that only local law, and not that time-honored instrument [the Constitution], shall shelter a slave-holder. Abraham Lincoln
Current money laundering enforcement practices are the kind of blanket search that the writers of the Constitution sought to prohibit. Lawrence B. Lindsey
... a secret weapon of a foreign ideology. Daniel S. C. Liu
No cruel and unusual punishment is to be inflicted? It is sometimes necessary to hang a man. Villains often deserve whipping and perhaps having their ears cut off. But are we in the future to be prevented from inflicting these punishments because they are cruel? Samuel Livermore
If any man err from the right way, it is his own misfortune, no injury to thee; nor therefore art thou to punish him in the things of this life because thou supposest he will be miserable in that which is to come. John Locke
Let there be convenient cages for the committing of unruly vagrants in every ward. City of London
Federal criminal prosecutions are a direct function of the number of U. S. Attorneys. The more prosecutors that are appointed, the more criminal prosecutions there will be. Anthony Kennedy
Americans use custom, more than written law, to enforce virtue Charles Kesler
I have sent you 18,000 enemies of the people. Nikita Khrushchev
Capital punishment may not be much of a deterrent against murder, but the sight of a few corpses swinging from a scaffold might work with drug dealers. James J. Kilpatrick
The law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me. Martin Luther King Jr.
[T]he agents are white Southerners who have been influenced by the mores of the community. To maintain their status, they have to be friendly with the local police and people who have been promoting segregation. Martin Luther King Jr.
Forgiveness is a basis for moral and ethical behavior. Klaus Kinkel
The priest accustoms the child to the idea of law, to make it obey better what he calls the "divine law," and the lawyer prates of divine law, that the civil law may be the better obeyed. Peter Kropotkin
He has never been more than two steps ahead of the law. Arthur J. Kropp
The veil deprives women of the possibility of earning their livelihood, the custom is well known to be unsanitary, and it tends to hinder the work of the police by enabling criminals to conceal their identity. After ten days any women wearing a veil will be arrested Kemal Ataturk
As long as the law exists, there will be morality. Chinese Proverb
Government troops [police] are worse to the civilians than are the bandits whom the troops are trying to eliminate. Chinese Proverb
The shooting of the suspected murderer by an exhibitionist night-club proprietor is too idiotic to be believed. That the Dallas police should have allowed it to happen is so stupid that the brain reels. Now it will never be satisfactorily proved whether Oswald shot the President or not, and there will be a jungle of rumors … Noel Coward
I am not yet ready to agree that America is so possessed with evil that we must level all constitutional barriers to give our civil authorities the tools to catch criminals. William O. Douglas
The apparition of a person afflicting another is very insufficient proof of a witch, and that a good name, obtained by a good life, should not be lost by mere “spectral accusation.” Dutch Reformed Church
Excessive bail hath been required of persons committed in criminal cases, to elude the benefit of laws made for the liberty of the subjects England
WHEREAS great delays have been used by sheriffs, gaolers and other officers, to whose custody, any of the King's subjects have been committed for criminal or supposed criminal matters, in making returns of writs of habeas corpus to them directed, by standing out an alias and pluries habeas corpus, and sometimes more, and by other shifts to avoid their yielding obedience to such writs, contrary to their duty and the known laws of the land, whereby many of the King's subjects have been and hereafter may be long detained in prison, in such cases where by law they are bailable, to their great charges and vexation England
The more laws the more offenders Thomas Fuller
The Foreign Minister of Germany once said to me "your country does not dare do anything against Germany, because we have in your country 500,000 German reservists [immigrants from Germany] who will rise in arms against your government if you dare to make a move against Germany." Well, I told him that that might be so, but that we had 500,001 lamp posts in this country, and that that was where the reservists would be hanging the day after they tried to rise. James Watson Gerard
Do not hear one and judge two. Greek Proverb
If conspirators meet in the house of a tavern-keeper, and these conspirators are not captured and delivered to the court, the tavern-keeper shall be put to death. Hammurabi
Rogues and vagabonds are often stocked and whipped; scolds are ducked upon cucking-stools in the water. Such felons as stand mute, and speak not at their arraignment, are pressed to death by huge weights laid upon a board, that lieth over their breast, and a sharp stone under their backs; and these commonly held their peace, thereby to save their goods unto their wives and children, which, if they were condemned, should be confiscated to the prince William Harrison
If a man and a woman come willingly, as men and women, and have intercourse, there shall be no punishment. Hittite Law
If anyone injure a man so that he cause him suffering, he shall take care of him. Yet he shall give him a man in his place, who shall work for him in his house until he recovers. But if he recover, he shall give him six half-shekels of silver. And to the physician this one shall also give the fee. Hittites
Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that are not so Oliver Wendell Holmes
There has been of late great excitement in consequence of the proceedings of a set of fanatics who are determined to emancipate all the slaves by a coup de main, and have held meetings in which black men and women have been introduced. These meetings have been attended with tumult and violence…. The police at length interfered, rather tardily, I should think; but the diabolical spirit which prompted this outrage is not quenched, and I apprehend we shall see more of it. Philip Hone
Justice is incidental to law and order J. Edgar Hoover
Assaults, bomb-throwings, and murders continue in East Prussia, Bavaria, and Holstein. It has now been officially established that the cases of arson and bomb-throwings at Konigsberg were committed by Nazis. The Government held a Cabinet meeting on the subject yesterday, but confined itself to threatening vigorous action. It obviously hesitates about getting on the wrong side of the Nazis. Harry Kessler
When soldiers break the law in a combat situation the commanding officer can hold them accountable, but he cannot do so if military contractors break the law. Carl Levin
Mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Abraham Lincoln
It is absolutely essential that bank supervisory bodies have the enforcement tools, the independence, and the political support to take tough enforcement measures when they are needed. Everything else—more uniform accounting standards, improved disclosure, and risk-based supervision—will count for little if supervisors lack effective powers of enforcement and the will to use them. Eugene A. Ludwig
Do not be over-zealous in punishing others. Adarbad Mahraspandan
This [selling land to Jews] is a very dangerous act and there has been a decision to ban it by putting anyone who sells even a centimeter on swift trial and to seek the death penalty against them.... These people are traitors… Freih Abu Middein
However, whether people are fighting a noble cause or not, there are certain acts which they may not perpetrate. Exploding bombs in public places and killing innocent people cannot be accepted. Holding civilians to ransom or as hostages cannot be accepted. Poisoning food, medicine or water supply cannot be accepted. These are acts of terror and anyone committing these acts must be regarded as terrorist by everyone, irrespective of the cause they are fighting for, irrespective of their religion, race or creed. And once they are defined as terrorists it is the duty of everyone, every country, to hunt them down and bring them to justice Mahathir Mohamad
It seems to us that the rowdy class of New York has always been dealt with too tenderly. Their promiscuous stabbing affrays have come to be regarded too much in the light of a venial offense, attributable simply to a little harmless exuberance of the spirits, or, it might be, an extra glass of liquor. New York Times
That the several colonies before mentioned do meet once a year, and oftener if need be during the war, and at least once in two years in times of peace, by their stated and appointed deputies, to debate and resolve of such measures as are most advisable for their better understanding and the public tranquility and safety…. That their business shall be to hear and adjust all matters of complaint or difference between province and province. As, 1st, where persons quit their own province and go to another, that they may avoid their just debts, though they be able to pay them; 2nd, where offenders fly justice, or justice cannot well be had upon such offenders in the provinces that entertain them; 3rd, to prevent or cure injuries in point of commerce; 4th, to consider the ways and means to support the union and safety of these provinces against the public enemies. In which congress the quotas of men and charges will be much easier and more equally set than it is possible for any establishment made here to do; for the provinces, knowing their own condition and one another's, can debate that matter with more freedom and satisfaction, and better adjust and balance their affairs in all respects for their common safety. William Penn
Let’s open our hearts to [crime] victims and their families and give them something more than vengeance. George Ryan
The government is so brave that it dares to arrest, capture and punish Muslim leaders and activists. But officials do not have the courage to capture those engaged in corruption or the gambling mafia, who, destroy the country's moral structure Habib Mohammed Rizieq Shihab
...mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent... Adam Smith
He was condemned to lose his eyes and genitals, a merciful punishment, for he deserved to be hanged Henry I. Suger
Danes should enjoy so much consideration in Norway, that one witness of them should invalidate ten of Northmen [Norwegians]. Sveyn I Forkbeard
If the police can shoot a criminal, then why can't we take action against those who are poisoning our society? Tubagus
I can not dismiss the subject of Indian affairs without again recommending to your consideration the expediency of more adequate provision for giving energy to the laws throughout our interior frontier and for restraining the commission of outrages upon the Indians, without which all pacific plans must prove nugatory. To enable, by competent rewards, the employment of qualified and trusty persons to reside among them as agents would also contribute to the preservation of peace and good neighborhood George Washington
There is in much of corporate America an old boys club whose values make it difficult to rat out a friend. Sherron Watkins
FBI documents are a lethal garbage can. Everything that anybody has ever said about someone is put in the file…. You have to read everything and decide what is important. Martin J. Sherwin
Alchemists are criminal and shall forfeit to the public all the gold that they have been able to obtain. John XXII
Thomas Trill is herby fined for unseasonably shooteing of his gun, owned by him. Connecticut
Bring every man a musket or fowling piece. Let your piece be long in the barrel; and fear not the weight of it, for most of our shooting is from stands. Edward Winslow
We have 2.2 million people in prison. It’s a national disgrace. Jim Webb
the main question seems to be how a commonwealth comes to be an empire of laws and not of men James Harrington
I was given several types of torture… I was given what they called the ‘water cure’…I felt…like I was drowning, just gasping between life and death. Chase J. Neilson
The weapons of reason and argument are insufficient to put down discussion; we can therefore hear no argument upon the subject, for our opinions are unalterably fixed. Slave States will provide for their own protection, and those who speak against Slavery will do well to keep out of their bounds, or they will punish them. Joseph Henry Lumpkin
From and after the promulgation of the Constitution in the capital of each district, no one shall be born a slave in the state, and after six months the introduction of slaves under any pretext shall not be permitted. Mexico
There shall not be permitted, after the promulgation of this law, either purchase or sale of slaves that may be introduced into the empire. The children of such slaves, who are born within the empire, shall be free at fourteen years of age. Mexico
It should be remembered by those who shudder at the words of Marat, that at this very period, and for long after, the common law of England caused dozens of human beings to be hanged every week, for trivial offences, such as stealing a loaf of bread; and yet the supporters of these laws are not execrated as monsters, but are merely described as unnecessarily severe in their views of justice. William Morris
You have seen me kill many men at the customs; and you have often observed delinquents at Grigwhee, and others of my provinces tied, and sent up to me. I kill them, but do I ever insist on being paid for them? Some heads I order to be placed at my door, others to be strewed about the market place, that the people may stumble upon them, when they little expect such a sight. This gives a grandeur to my customs, far beyond the display of fine things which I buy; this makes my enemies fear me, and gives me such a name in the Bush. Besides, if I neglect this indispensable duty, would my ancestors suffer me to live? Adahoonzou II
Let law enforcement determine guilt or innocence. George W. Bush
The national emergency no longer justifies abrogation of individual rights of Habeas Corpus and trial by jury on definite charges. Winston Churchill
Any person or persons whatsoever, traveling beyond the limits of the county wherein they reside, shall have “a pass under the seal of said county Maryland
If any negro or other slaves, absenting themselves from their master’s service, running out into the woods and there remaining, killing and destroying hogs and cattle belonging to the people of this province, shall refuse to surrender themselves, and make resistance against such persons as pursue to apprehend and take them up, being thereunto legally empowered, it shall be lawful for such pursuers, when such resistance is made, to shoot, kill, and destroy such negroes or other slaves. Maryland
There are eight kinds of punishment: fine, fetters, flogging, retaliation in kind, civil disgrace, banishment, slavery, death Rome
Criminality is not always obvious, in proportion to its extent. The sin of the traffic in intoxicating liquors, was, until the last few years almost universally unfelt and unperceived. But now, we meet with men, who, though it was “in all good conscience,” that they were once engaged in it, would not resume it for worlds; and who see more criminality, in taking money from a fellow man, in exchange for the liquor which intoxicates him, than in simple theft. Gerrit Smith
Negro children are still sent to prison with adult criminals, and that they leave it half devil and half beast. Julia Strudwick Tutwiler
I repudiate as much as any man can anyone, whether he be a white brute or a black brute, who commits an assault upon any woman, whether a white woman or a black woman. I think such a man ought to be hung--hung by the neck until dead. But it ought to be done by the courts, not by an infuriated mob George Henry White
Slaves have no protection. In this, as I doubt not in every other island, there are laws for the protection of the slaves, and good ones, but circumstances in the administration of whatever law, render it a dead letter. When the intervention of the law is most required, it will have the least effect; as, in most cases, where a vindictive and cruel master has care to commit the most atrocious cruelties, even to murder his slave, there is no free person present to witness the act William Young
The security and welfare of the people of Egypt have reached a point that the drapers, moneychangers and jewellers do not even lock their shops - they only lower a net across the front, and no one tampers with anything Nasir Khusaro
The merchants of old Cairo are honest in their dealings, and if one of them is caught cheating a customer, he is mounted on a camel with a bell in his hand and paraded about the city, ringing the bell and crying out, `I have committed a misdemeanor and am suffering reproach. Whosoever tells a lie is rewarded with public disgrace.' The grocers, druggists, and peddlers furnish sacks for everything they sell, whether glass, pottery, or papers; therefore, there is no need for shoppers to take their own bags with them Nasir Khusaro
Against those of your women who commit adultery, call witnesses four in number from among yourselves; and if these bear witness, then keep the women in houses until death release them Muhammed
It's very much simpler to get rid of any written rule you choose than it is an item of customary morality... while laws are preserved on tablets of wood or stone, customary morality is engraved deep in our living souls Diogenes
The Church insists on the need of humane attitude towards suspects, persons under investigation and those caught in criminal intent. The crude and improper treatment of these people can either fortify them on the wrong track or push them on it. For this reason, those awaiting a verdict should not be disfranchised even in custody. They should be guaranteed advocacy and impartial justice. The Church condemns torture and indignities towards persons under investigation Russian Orthodox Church
Sometimes crime is provoked by economic and social conditions, as well as the weak government and the absence of lawful order. Russian Orthodox Church
Especially dangerous is crime disguised under political and pseudo-religious motives, such as terrorism and the like. Russian Orthodox Church
Can I suggest that the sheriff and the district attorney, in the lunch break, go out and read the Constitution. Robert Kennedy
And Justice for Some Urban League
Concerning the course taken by the United States, they have a right to reject this law of Celestial Marriage themselves, as they have a right to reject the Gospel; but it is contrary to the provisions of the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, for them to prohibit you from obeying it. John Taylor
People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact. Peter Latham
A third and most secret phase of Operation Condor involves the formation of special teams … who are to travel anywhere in the world to carry out sanctions up to assassinations …. Special teams would be issued false documentation from member countries of Operation Condor. Robert Scherrer
The America I believe in does not torture people. Anonymous
The drug war is causing crime. It is just chewing up young, Black men. And it is killing Newark. Cory Booker
There is no provision for judicial review. It is a strangely undemocratic way to bring democracy to the rest of the world. Jameel Jaffer
Incarceration begets more incarceration, and incarceration also begets more crime, which in turn invites more aggressive enforcement, which then re-supplies incarceration … Jeffrey A. Fagan
Never before has a supposedly free country denied basic liberty to so many of its citizens. In December 2006, some 2.25 million persons were being held in the nearly 5,000 prisons and jails that are scattered across America’s urban and rural landscapes…. On average, state inmates have fewer than 11 years of schooling. They are also vastly disproportionately black and brown. Glenn C. Loury
The primary contact between Black men and the government today is the prison system. Glenn C. Loury
Fighting crime is not cheap, because it requires boots on the ground. Michael Bloomberg
See this pen! I can end your lives with a stroke of this pen! Reed Walters
The ancient mode of trial by jury . . . ought to remain sacred and inviolable. North Carolina
Don’t bother interpreting the statute for us: we know it better than you do, for we made it. William Bereford
The main difficulty with the South is that they are living eighty years behind the times and the sooner they come out of it the better it will be for the country and themselves. I am not asking for social equality, because no such thing exists, but I am asking for equality of opportunity for all human beings and, as long as I stay here, I am going to continue that fight. When mob gangs can take 4 people out and shoot them in the back, and everybody in the country is acquainted with who did the shooting and nothing is done about it, that country is in pretty bad fix from a law enforcement standpoint … I can't approve of such goings on and I shall never approve it, as long as I am here, as I told you before. I am going to try to remedy it and if that ends up in my failure to be reelected, that failure will be in a good cause. Harry S Truman
Any law enforcement authority can only be of value if the people support the law enforcement authority. Harry S Truman
Set a thief to catch a thief. Franklin D. Roosevelt
All Extremists Should Be Considered Dangerous Federal Bureau of Investigation
Violence of the state is sublimated—it takes a very dull form. Norman Mailer
Acts of individuals are individual. As such they should be tried and punished. Hamid Karzai
How about this? Stop arresting prostitutes, and start using the 13th amendment against pimps. Catharine MacKinnon
Mutilations of parts of Fingers, are proper to disable such as have abused their dexterous use of them, by Pocket-picking, Counterfeiting of Seals and Writings, etc. Mutilations of other parts, may serve to punish and prevent Adulteries, Rapes, Incests, etc. And the smaller Corporal pains, serve to punish those, who can pay no pecuniary mulcts. William Petty
Why should not insolvent Thieves be rather punished with slavery then death? so as being slaves they may be forced to as much labour, and as cheap fare, as nature will endure, and thereby become as two men added to the Commonwealth, and not as one taken away from it; William Petty
In Pakistan, ideology actually forbids intellectual activity. For instance, there is one section in the penal code which says that if you criticize the ideology of Pakistan, you can be punished for it. Khaled Ahmed
The different types of marriage available in our law - customary marriage, marriage under the ordinance, marriage under Islamic law - have resulted in considerable gender inequality as women have less power to negotiate and insist on the type of legal regime under which they would like to be married Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
There are obvious problems and tensions, emanating from the plural legal system. The varied nature of the cultural, ethnic and linguistic composition of the various communities of the population means that the customary law differs significantly from community to community. This poses serious challenges to policy-makers bent on developing the institutions of the modern state amongst a population that is largely illiterate. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Blood neither frays or is eaten by worms: Generation upon generation will seek revenge. Arab Proverb
Tainted evidence often comes from torture. Jim Webb
Remember that J. Edgar Hoover’s secret files began in the interests of national security and ended up being used for blackmail. Jack Cafferty
Virtue without terror is powerlessness. Maximilien Robespierre
Unquestionably a military government, established as the permanent government for the State, would not be a republican government, and it would be the duty of Congress to overthrow it. But the law of Rhode Island evidently contemplated no such government. It was intended merely for the crisis, and to meet the peril in which the existing government was placed by the armed resistance to its authority. It was so understood and construed by the State authorities. And unquestionably a State may use its military power to put down an armed insurrection too strong to be controlled by the civil authority. The power is essential to the existence of every government, essential to the preservation of order and free institutions, and is as necessary to the States of this Union as to any other government. The State itself must determine what degree of three the crisis demands. Roger B. Taney
It was a state of war; and the established government resorted to the rights and usages of war to maintain itself, and to overcome the unlawful opposition. And in that state of things the officers engaged in its military service might lawfully arrest any one who, from the information before them, they had reasonable grounds to believe was engaged in the insurrection, and might order a house to be entered and searched, where there were reasonable grounds for supposing he might be there concealed. Without the power to do this, martial law and the military array of the government would be mere parade, and rather encourage attack than repel it. Roger B. Taney
The Founders of this Nation entrusted the lawmaking power to the Congress alone in both good and bad times … the President's power to see that the laws are faithfully executed refutes the idea that he is to be a law-maker. Hugo Black
The president ... cannot suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, nor authorize a military officer to do it…. a military officer has no right to arrest and detain a person not subject to the rules and articles of war ... except in aid of the judicial authority, and subject to its control Roger B. Taney
The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace. David Davis
We considered that the strike district was in a state of actual warfare and we acted according to the procedure of the United States Army in time of war …. during the state of insurrection which prevailed, the constitution of the state of West Virginia was suspended by the acts of those men who were burning, killing and destroying property. We believed that to perpetuate the state of West Virginia and restore the constitution we had to use extreme measures. Charles Morgan
The tensions between order and liberty, between opportunity and social justice will always be there, but that’s freedom. Harold Evans
Any punishment can be an effective deterrent only if it is consistently and promptly employed. Capital punishment cannot be administered to meet these conditions. Hugo Adam Bedau
The argument most often cited in support of capital punishment is that the threat of executions deters capital crimes more effectively than imprisonment. This claim is plausible, but the facts do not support it. The death penalty fails as a deterrent Hugo Adam Bedau
Don’t conflate the morality of the death penalty with its unjust distribution among those who are guilty … Equality is less important, morally, than justice … We ought to distribute justice as equally as we can, even though we cannot distribute it perfectly. Ernest van den Haag
One abstains from dangerous acts because of vague, inchoate, habitual and, above all, preconscious fears. Ernest van den Haag
Law … is but words and paper without the hands and swords of men Thomas Hobbes
Maintaining the law in a time of war is virtually impossible. Anthony Horowitz
That the people of this State have the sole, exclusive and inherent right of governing and regulating the internal police of the same Vermont
With our Indian neighbors the public peace has been steadily maintained. Some instances of individual wrong have, as at other times, taken place, but in nowise implicating the will of the nation. Beyond the Mississippi, the Iowas, the Sacs, and the Alabamas, have delivered up for trial and punishment individuals from among themselves accused of murdering citizens of the United States. On this side of the Mississippi, the Creeks are exerting themselves to arrest offenders of the same kind; and the Choctaws have manifested their readiness and desire for amicable and just arrangements respecting depredations committed by disorderly persons of their tribe. And, generally, from a conviction that we consider them as part of ourselves, and cherish with sincerity their rights and interests, the attachment of the Indian tribes is gaining strength daily -- is extending from the nearer to the more remote, and will amply requite us for the justice and friendship practiced towards them Thomas Jefferson
Slavery, like all other great systems of wrong, founded in the depths of human selfishness, and existing for ages, has not neglected its own conservation. It has steadily exerted an influence upon all around it favorable to its own continuance. And to-day it is so strong that it could exist, not only without law, but even against law. Custom, manners, morals, religion, are all on its side everywhere in the South; and when you add the ignorance and servility of the ex-slave to the intelligence and accustomed authority of the master, you have the conditions, not out of which slavery will again grow, but under which it is impossible for the Federal government to wholly destroy it, unless the Federal government be armed with despotic power, to blot out State authority, and to station a Federal officer at every cross-road. This, of course, cannot be done, and ought not even if it could. Frederick Douglass
Human law is imposed on the multitude, a part of which is composed of men imperfect in virtue. Thus all the vices from which the virtuous abstain are not punished by human law, but only the more grievous ones which most people can avoid, and especially those which can hurt others, without the prohibition of which human society could not be preserved. Thus homicide, theft and the like are prohibited by human law. Thomas Aquinas
The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. A proper government is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man's self-defense, and, as such, may only resort to force only against those who start the use of force. Ayn Rand
Those … who let the witches escape, or who do not punish them with the utmost rigor, may rest assured that they will be abandoned by God to the mercy of the witches. And the country which shall tolerate this will be scourged with pestilences, famines, and wars. Jean Bodin
Those greatly err who think that penalties are established only to punish crime. I hold that this is the least of the fruits which accrue there from to the state. For the greatest and the chief is the appeasing of the wrath of God, especially if the crime is directly against the majesty of God … strike awe into some by the punishment of others, to preserve some from being infected by others, to diminish the number of evil-doers, to make secure the life of the well-disposed Jean Bodin
Addiction, once developed, is a very chronic condition. It is admitted by the authorities, including the narcotics commissioner, that very few "cures" result from incarceration .... The idea of incarcerating even a hundred thousand, let alone a million, unfortunates for a term of five years is rather startling—especially considering that they are sick people, for the most part of average respectability and moral status, not markedly handicapped by their infirmity. John Main Coffee
The national laws and the laws of most of the States regulate the sale of narcotic drugs. . . . Their use is, in part, perhaps, due to physical disease, and, in part, to lack of moral stamina, but their abuse is almost wholly a result of violations of the law. If the law can be enforced, medical science would very soon rid the country of this menace Calvin Coolidge
'tis enough to make Laws to punish Crimes when they are committed, and not to put it in the power of any single Man, on pretence of preventing Offences to commit worse. Daniel Defoe
For 40 years we have been looking for ways to make the existence of the narcotic drug addict just as tough as possible. For 40 years we have asked only what new penalties, what new police tech-niques, might make it easier to catch him and lock him up, whether as an ordinary criminal or, more recently, in connection with some more or less sincere efforts at rehabilitation in confinement. I believe that this entire approach is open to grave question as a practical matter Andrew A. Eggston
A dozen or more heroes dashing up two flights of stairs, prepared to stake their lives for their country, only to discover the two dangerous disturbers and trouble-makers, Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, in their separate offices, quietly at work at their desks, wielding not a sword, nor a gun or a bomb, but merely their pens! Emma Goldman
Is the nation able to enforce its own laws -- its own charter - in the face of an unsympathetic and actively hostile minority? Roy Asa Haynes
The constabulary are recruited from the sons of peasants and farmers. They are drilled, disciplined, well fed, well clothed, well paid, and show themselves well conducted. During all the bad times, there was not a single case of a disaffected man, though every sort of inducement must have been brought to bear on them. The prevailing characteristic of all ranks has been the high sense of duty, so that they composed the most mobile and the most effective corps in Europe….As detectives, they have, however, proved quite ineffective, because the peasant has everywhere been too shrewd for them S. M. Hussey
I will mercilessly punish anyone attempting a pogrom. Nestor Ivanovich Makhno
the Ukrainian Government will fight with all its power against violations of public order, will strike the brigands and pogrom instigators with the severest punishment …. [they are] evil-doers who are the scum of humanity. Borys Martos
In all governments fear is recognized as one of the grounds for the enforcement of law. In even the freest nations and under the highest form of civilization the public opinion that administers law makes its demand partly in the interest of essential right, partly with the instinct of self-preservation against the forces of evil, and partly for the punishment of wrong. Punishment in itself is not reformatory; it is retributive; it is deterrent; it plays upon fear. Robert Hamill Nassau
I have been not a little hesitant as to whether there should be any distinction on account of age or no difference between the very young and the more mature; whether pardon is to be granted for repentance, or, if a man has once been a Christian, it does him no good to have ceased to be one; whether the name itself, even without offenses, or only the offenses associated with the name are to be punished. . Pliny the Younger
We need women on the police force and we will have them there some day. Anna Howard Shaw
It is not possible to lay down any general rule to serve as a kind of fixed standard. They [Christians] are not to be sought out; if they are denounced and proved guilty, they are to be punished, with this reservation, that whoever denies that he is a Christian and really proves it--that is, by worshiping our gods--even though he was under suspicion in the past, shall obtain pardon through repentance. But anonymously posted accusations ought to have no place in any prosecution. For this is both a dangerous kind of precedent and out of keeping with the spirit of our age. Marcus Ulpius Trajanus; Trajan
it shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws, except in such cases and under such circumstances as such employment of said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress; and no money appropriated by this act shall be used to pay any of the expenses incurred in the employment of any troops in violation of this section… United States Congress
Fetiches are set up to punish offenders in certain cases where there is an intention to make a law specially binding; this refers more particularly to crimes which cannot always be detected. A fetich is inaugurated, for example, to detect and punish certain kinds of theft; persons who are cognizant to such crimes, and who do not give information, are also liable to be punished by the fetich. The fetich is supposed to be able not only to detect all such transgressions, but has power, likewise, to punish the transgressor. How it exercises this knowledge, or by what means it brings sickness and death upon the offender, cannot, of course, be explained; but, as it is believed in, it is the most effectual restraint that can possibly be imposed upon evil-disposed persons. John Wilson
The danger that the massacres will surely ruin your state the same as it has destroyed those innocent Jewish victims, rather deepens my regret that you have till now not succeeded in suppressing fully the excesses Israel Zangwill
Why attempt to keep drugs out of the country, or prevent them from being sold? After all, police can't be everywhere at once. Since choices have to be made, it will be tempting to let the drug trade proceed unmolested, then just go after the cash. Karen Selick
Once the state becomes the ultimate beneficiary of crime proceeds, how different is it, really, from being simply the most powerful gang in a battlefield of gangs? Karen Selick
Every new law enforcement measure in recent years has been met with increasingly sophisticated evasive techniques on the part of organized crime. Karen Selick
I went from merely being a political embarrassment to being a constitutional menace. Jonathan Turley
Tehsildars and other Revenue officers are known to be in the habit of imposing fines without recording any proceeding, and appropriating the receipts to themselves. Pandit Bhag Ram
The presiding officers of Courts and judicial work performed by their clerks, and it has been with great difficulty that I have partially succeeded in getting them to record their proceedings in their hand. There are still a number of ignorant and illiterate Tehsildars and other officers, owing their employment to strong official influence, who would not and could not carry out my instructions. Pandit Bhag Ram
For the security of particular men, and, by consequence for the common peace, it is necessary that the right of using the Sword for punishment, be transferred to some Man or Counsel, that Man or Counsel is necessarily understood by Right to have the supreme Power in the City. Thomas Hobbes
The Internet is unpoliceable essentially. Howard Dean
Make but few laws but see them well observed when once made. John Locke
In all criminal cases, differences, disputes, or other causes of litigation arising between British subjects and the subjects or citizens of other foreign nations, no Moorish authority shall have a right to interfere unless a Moorish subject has received thereby injury to his person or property, in which case the Moorish authority or one of his officers, shall have a right to be present at the tribunal of the Consul; such cases shall be decided solely in the tribunals of the foreign Consuls, without the interference of the Moorish Government. Arthur Helps
Trial by jury is the inherent and invaluable right of every British subject in these colonies Continental Congress
We appoint you our representative with the power of canonical coercion to seek and receive in our name from whichever justiciars, viscounts, and bailiffs of the lord king or of anyone else, and also to seek and receive from whomsoever regardless of their name or office, all clerks who, for reason of felonies, crimes, or excesses, have been indicted or are about to be indicted, have been seized or are about to be seized, have been incarcerated or are about to be incarcerated for any reason, or have been detained or are about to be detained in custody or in chains; you shall seek and receive such clerks who by right ought to be and are able to be brought before us to receive justice in the ecclesiastical court according to the canonical sanctions. Roger Martival
Justice has sufficient authority without wisdom, but wisdom without justice does not have the force to instill faith. For the craftier and shrewder someone is, the more envied and mistrusted he becomes when his reputation for honesty has been lost. For this reason, justice accompanied by understanding will have as much strength as it wishes to instill confidence. Justice without wisdom is capable of much, but wisdom without justice can accomplish nothing Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
The most malign of all these dangers today is disregard and disobedience of law. Crime is increasing. Confidence in rigid and speedy justice is decreasing. I am not prepared to believe that this indicates any decay in the moral fiber of the American people. I am not prepared to believe that it indicates an impotence of the Federal Government to enforce its laws. Herbert Hoover
These troops know how to shoot to kill and I expect that they will. Kathleen Blanco
We have one Black man as President; we have one million Black men in prison. Charles Ogletree
Per Sr. Mgmt request, these data should not see the light of day to anyone outside of GSK. Martin Freed
The world does not grow better by force or by the policeman's club. William Jay Gaynor
We are obliged to have white people to administer the law; the black people have a good deal of sense but they do not know the law. If the government keep the masters away altogether it would not do to leave the colored men here alone; some white men must be here not as masters, but we must take the law by their word and if we do not we must be punished. If you take all the white men away we are nothing. Probably with the children that are coming up no white men will not be needed. They are learning to read and write– some are learning lawyer, some are learning doctor, and some learn minister; and reading books and newspapers they can understand the law; but the old generation cannot understand it. It makes no difference how sensible they are, they are blind and it wants white men for the present to direct them. After five years they will take care of themselves; this generation cannot do it. Harry McMillan
The punishments were whipping, putting you in the stocks and making you wear irons and a chain at work. Then they had a collar to put round your neck with two horns, like cows' horns, so that you could not lie down on your back or belly. This also kept you from running away for the horns would catch in the bushes. Sometimes they dug a hole like a well with a door on top. This they called a dungeon keeping you in it two or three weeks or a month, and sometimes till you died in there. This hole was just big enough to receive the body; the hands down by the sides. Harry McMillan
No moderate man views it in any other light than as an axiom, or self-evident truth, namely, that if any excuse for disobedience were once admitted, or any indulgence granted to these tender-conscienced inferiors there would be an end of all government in an instant; neither commands nor obedience could proceed one step further, but every individual instrument of power in that fatal society, astonished at the monstrous phenomenon, would stare at one another; all the wheels of the political machine would stop at once. nay would split into ten thou-sand pieces; every relation and connection of their parts would be instantly dissolved, and the beautiful whole would rush into a wild chaos of anarchy and confusion. John Witherspoon
Discharge your Chinamen and you will find no more Hoodlums. Anonymous
The pursuit of happiness … calls for the institution of government to regulate and adjust the collisions and passions of society incident to the existence of a civil society. John Quincy Adams
Irish Whales Anonymous
The members of the bicycle squad, which was established shortly after we took office, soon grew to show not only extraordinary proficiency on the wheel, but extraordinary daring. They frequently stopped runaways, wheeling alongside of them, and grasping the horses while going at full speed; and, what was even more remarkable, they managed not only to overtake but to jump into the vehicle and capture, on two or three different occasions, men who were guilty of reckless driving, and who fought violently in resisting arrest. They were picked men, being young and active, and any feat of daring which could be accomplished on the wheel they were certain to accomplish. Theodore Roosevelt
Caution!! Colored People of Boston, One & All. You are hereby respectfully cautioned and advised, to avoid conversing with the Watchmen and Police Officers … for since the recent Order of the Mayor & Aldermen, they are empowered to act as Kidnappers and Slave Catchers, and they have been actually employed in kidnapping, catching and keeping slaves. Therefore, if you value your liberty and the welfare of the fugitives among you, as so many hounds in the track of the most unfortunate of your race. Keep a Sharp Look Out for Kidnappers and have Top Eye open. Theodore Parker
It is no novelty to find the Supreme Court following the lead of the Slavery Extension party, to which most of its members belong. Five of the Judges are slaveholders, and two of the other four owe their appointments to their facile ingenuity in making State laws bend to Federal demands in behalf of ‘the Southern institution.’ New York Evening Journal Albany
It has been and is said of myself and the people over whom I have the honor to preside, that they frequently indulge in strictures upon the acts of men who are intrusted with governmental affairs, and the Government itself sometimes does not wholly escape. Now, sir, I will simply state what I know to be true, that no people exists who are more friendly to the Government of the United States than the people of this Territory. The Constitution they revere, the laws they seek to honor. But the non-execution of those laws in times past, for our protection, and the abuse of power in the hands of those intrusted therewith, even in the hands of those whom we have supported for office, even betraying us in the hour of our greatest peril and extremity, but withholding the due execution of laws designed for the protection of all the citizens of the United States: it is for this we have cause of complaint, not the want of good and wholesome laws, but the execution of the same, in the true meaning and spirit of the constitution. Brigham Young
It is well known to every man in this community, and has become a matter of history throughout the enlightened world, that the government of the United States looked on the scenes of robbing, driving, and murdering of this people and said nothing about the matter, but by silence gave sanction to the lawless proceedings. Hundreds of women and children have been laid in the tomb prematurely. Brigham Young
While we appreciate the constitution of the United States as the most precious among the nations, we feel that we had rather retreat to the deserts, islands, or mountain caves than consent to be ruled by governors and judges whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocence and virtue, who delight in injustice and oppression. Brigham Young
Don’t get involved with any political stuff. John Ashcroft
This self imposed guilt about racial and ethnic profiling is idiocy. Steve King
There is a problem. We do have this little thing called the Constitution. James W. Ziglar
Virtually all Federal accounting is still oriented toward preventing fraud and theft, not toward controlling costs. John Steele Gordon
I always felt like I was doing the right thing. John Martarano
The simple answer to the illegal alien problem is to secure our boarders and enforce the law. Sharron Angle
Part of the responsibility of an FBI agent or a police officer is to treat the suspect with dignity. Clint Van Zant
Concerning women who commit fornication, and destroy that which they have conceived, or who are employed in making drugs for abortion, we have ordained that they fulfill ten years of penance, according to the prescribed degrees. Synod of Ancyra
THE SAME CASE NOT TO BE TRIED TWICE. There shall be no second action under this law against a person who is condemned or is acquitted in accordance with this law, except as regards some later act or some act of collusion or as regards the assessment of damages or of penalties specified in this law ... Manius Acilius Glabrio
That’s not my job. Manny Diaz
It is right that what is just should be obeyed; it is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. Justice without might is helpless; might without justice is tyrannical. Blaise Pascal
...we must forgive him who repents, and asketh pardon for what is past; having first taken caution for the time to come Thomas Hobbes
We must prevent music to be broadcasted by the public information resources. In shops, hotels, vehicles and rickshaws cassettes and music are prohibited. This matter should be monitored within five days. If any music cassette found in a shop, the shopkeeper should be imprisoned and the shop locked. Taliban
A Moslem will not be punished for killing an infidel, unless a Moslem has a habit of killing infidels. Ruhollah Khomeini
Prohibition is a Constitutional mandate and I hold it absolutely necessary to give it a fair and thorough trial. Warren G. Harding
If any considerable number of citizens who are generally law abiding think that some particular statute is bad enough in itself or dangerous enough in its indirect effects to make it worthwhile to block its enforcement, they can do so. Arthur T. Hadley
Conscience and public opinion enforce the laws. The police suppress the exceptions. Arthur T. Hadley
If it was up to me, frankly I would be hanging some of the gang leaders from our street lamps. R. Rex Parris
Our 15 thousand page tax code is incomprehensible and unenforceable. Paul O'Neill
There is a general rule, which includes all the duties of a sovereign, and by which he may easily judge how to proceed under every circumstance. Let the safety of the people be the supreme law. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
You have greatly encouraged us, by promising to watch over our peace, and to provide for our welfare. It is probable that when we have completed our business here, some bad men may break over the fence you have set around us. There are, excuse us brother, some bad men among the white people of this land; they may not hear your voice as far as our country. Good Peter; Agwelondong
Finally, with regard to actions manifestly bad or criminal, to which a person is forced through fear of some great evil, and especially death; we must lay down as a general rule, that the unhappy circumstances, under which a person labors, may indeed diminish the crime of a man unequal to this trial, who commits a bad action in spite of himself, and against his own inward conviction, yet the action remains intrinsically vicious, and worthy of censure; wherefore it may be, and actually is imputed, unless the exception of necessity can be alleged in the person's favor. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
We knocked the Twightwies and Chictaghicks on the head because they had cut down the trees of peace which were the limits of our country. They had hunted beavers on our land and killed them all, both male and female. Garangula
Human laws are entirely destitute of the sanction of rewards. To confer honors for obedience would be as ridiculous as unavailing. The honor of many would resolve itself into the honor of none. To dispense pecuniary rewards would be nugatory or impracticable. In an unqualified extent, no government would be able to supply the funds; and even in a restricted form, its operation would be to receive money with one hand as a premium, and to pay it back with the other in the shape of a tax. DeWitt Clinton
The innocent are frequently punished instead of the guilty DeWitt Clinton
If one drop of blood be shed there in defiance of the laws of the United States, I will hang the first man of them I can get my hands on to the first tree I can find. Andrew Jackson
I cannot do what you have asked me to do. Hasan Mazhar
The deportations of the Armenians took place in complete contradiction of humanity, civilization, and the Government’s honor. The massacres and the extermination of the Armenians, and the sacking and looting of their properties are the results of decisions taken by the Central Committee …. The atrocities were committed according to a scheme conceived of in advance and were organized absolutely intentionally. Ferik Vehip Pasha
From today onwards, all tyranny, injustice, atrocities, deportations and massacres are banished from this country. Damad Ferid Pasha
In the war, nearly the whole civilized world was shocked by the crimes alleged to have been committed by the Turks. It is far from my thoughts to cast a veil over these misdeeds, which are such as to make the conscience of mankind shudder with horror forever; still less will I endeavor to minimize the guilt of the actors in this great drama. The aim which I have set myself is that of showing to the world with proofs in my hand, who are the truly responsible authors of these terrible crimes. Damad Ferid Pasha
I admit that we deported Armenians from our eastern provinces, and we acted in this matter upon a previously prepared scheme. The responsibility of these acts falls upon the deported people themselves. Russia ... had armed and equipped the Armenian inhabitants of this district [Van] ..., and had organized strong Armenian bandit forces. ... When we entered the Great War, these bandits began their destructive activities in the rear of the Turkish army on the Caucasus front, blowing up the bridges and killing the innocent Mohammedan inhabitants regardless of age and sex... All these Armenian bandits were helped by the native Armenians Mehmet Talaat Pasha; Talaat Bey
There are more FBI undercover agents in the ranks of the Communist Party than there were actual communists. Robert Kennedy
Only the tortured can understand those who have been tortured. Yasser Arafat
If crime went down 100 percent it would still be 50 percent higher than it should be. John Bowman
It may seem obvious. A government that cannot provide security for its citizens will soon find itself running a weak or failed state. Raymond C. Offenheiser Jr.
Latin American legislatures have probably passed more laws over the past 175 years than their counterparts anywhere on the planet. Yet never have so many laws been ignored by so many for so long Oscar Arias
Guilty! You are on strike against God and Nature!. Anonymous
Don’t you realize that the Federal Government has the atomic bomb. Earl Long
We’re not here to secure convictions; we are here to secure justice. Craig Watkins
Profiling is a means for telling whom you have to worry about. Angelo M. Codevilla
Enforcing the law is not an injustice. Jeff Sessions
A vast display of Imperial might has shaken all the foreign tribes, and, if they now confess their guilt, we will not be too hard on them. Lin Zexu
Does the District Attorney believe . . . that the gallows or guillotine ever settled an idea? If an idea can live, it lives because history adjudges it right. I ask only for justice …. The scaffold has never yet and never will destroy an idea or a movement. …Whatever my social views are, they are what they are. They cannot be tried in this courtroom. Joseph J. Ettor
I know some say, let us have good laws, and no matter for the men that execute them: but let them consider, that though good laws do well, good men do better: for good laws may want good men, and be abolished or evaded by ill mend but good men will never want good laws, nor suffer ill ones. William Penn
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. United States
No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, But shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due. United States
It is my contention that most people are not mugged every day, that most people in this world do not encounter violence every day. I think we prepare people for violence, and I think it just as important that we prepare people for the definition of being gentle. ... for so many years gentle has been equated with weakness but it requires more strength to be gentle. So it's the every day encounters of life that I think we prepare children for and prepare them to be good to other people and to consider other people. Robert James Keeshan
There's lots of law these days, but not much justice Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
The law is like a string, fixed at both ends but with a great deal of play in it — very loose, the line of the law — so you can stretch it this way or that, rearrange the arc of it so you are nearly always — short of blatant theft or cold-blooded murder — safely on the right side. That's a daunting thing to realize but true. Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
A judge is much more likely to see a mentally ill person than is a psychiatrist. Each year over 1 million mentally ill people are arrested Steven Leifman
A crime committed by a person when drunk should receive double the punishment which it would merit if the offender were sober.. Pittacus of Mytilene
Too many whites are getting away with drug use...Too many whites are getting away with drug sales...The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too. Rush Limbaugh
In Iran they believe that girls who are virgins go to heaven. So when a young woman is in prison to be executed, they rape her before they kill her. James Woolsey
A truly Islamic polity would have no rulers — not even have theocratic ones — since Muslims would need neither judges nor police to obey divine law. Sayyid Qutb
If we continue to pardon or excuse the wrongdoers who commit acts of criminality in unsettling an elected government, we don't have any guarantee, do we, that this kind of exercise won't be repeated in the future. Graeme Leung
In most slums and cities in developing states, population growth is outpacing the ability of the growth in pollution and sewage. Such unmet expectations in over-crowded cities can be the catalyst for civil conflict. Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba
It is easier to learn to fly by flapping one's arms than it is to get a district attorney to admit having sent an innocent person to prison. Bob Herbert
And let all the sheriffs make a list of all fugitives who have fled from their counties; and let them do this before the county courts, and they shall bring the names of these men in writing before the justices when first they come to them, in order that they may be sought throughout all England. Henry II
And let the sheriffs who have arrested them bring them before the justice without any other summons. Henry II
Laymen ought not to be accused save by dependable and lawful accusers and witnesses. Henry II
You can't keep fraud out of the system. The key to good regulation is how quickly you catch it. John G. Heimann
The time for the State to protect himself against the criminal is before the criminal is made. Most criminals are not born, they are made.... What a State really punishes in a criminal is its own neglect, it's own failure to do its duty to the citizens. William Randolph Hearst
No penal or political system which multiplies the population of the prisons at the rate of 10 per cent every year will solve a problem which is growing to be more and more of a danger to the social and moral life of the nation. William Randolph Hearst
The fear of punishment may be necessary to the suppression of vice; but it also suspends the finer motives to virtue. William Hazlitt
I would like to thank the honorable police and judges and all those who worked to arrest dog lovers. Gholamreza Hassini
For the middle class, the police protect property, give directions, and help old ladies. For the urban poor, the police are those who arrest you. Michael Harrington
For the urban poor the police are those that arrest you. In almost any slum there is a vast conspiracy against the forces of law and order. Michael Harrington
The Criminal Code of every country partakes so much of necessary severity that without an easy access to exceptions it in favor of unfortunate guilt, justice would wear it a countenance too sanguinary and cruel. Alexander Hamilton
The passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint. Alexander Hamilton
Let me remember, when I find myself inclined to pity a criminal, that there is likewise a pity due to the country. Matthew Hale
Well, summary executions would be very effective. But we have impediments—they're called the Constitution and due process. And we have a responsibility to uphold the Constitution. Francis C. Hall
Nullification is the safety valve which helps the self governing community avoid the alternative between tyranny and revolution ….it gives a warning to those in authority which they disregard at their peril. Arthur T. Hadley
A slave has never maintained an action against the violator of his bed. A slave is not admonished for incontinence, or punished for fornication or adultery; never prosecuted for bigamy … Daniel Dulany
The Autumn of Terror Anonymous
I'd rather lock somebody up and throw away the key and put them in hard labor, the ultimate penalty that the law will allow, but I'm opposed to the death penalty Michael Bloomberg
Illegal guns don't belong on our streets and we're sending that message loud and clear. We're determined to see that gun dealers who break the law are held accountable, and that criminals who carry illegal loaded guns serve serious time behind bars. Michael Bloomberg
Anyone who wears a badge has the government’s go-ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law-abiding citizens Wayne LaPierre
Severity of punishment is not the cure for crime. Certainty and promptness of punishment rather than severity are more effective. There was a time, as we all know, when in England considerably more than two hundred separate offenses were punishable by death. Nevertheless, that period was one of the most lawless and violent known to history. The utter failure of the drastic technique in the suppression of crime is universally acknowledged. Karl T. Frederick
We know that misidentification is a major issue for us. Dan Sutherland
The classical case is that of the starving man who steals a loaf of bread. That he should be allowed to go free is understandable enough; but it is less understandable that 'society's' obligation not to let him starve should devolve upon one baker chosen at random and not on society as a whole. Vilfredo Pareto
For the modern criminal it is a great good fortune to be able to count somewhere among his ancestry or other relations a criminal, a lunatic, or just a mere drunkard, for in a court of law that will win him a lighter penalty or, not seldom, an acquittal. Things have come to such a pass that there is hardly a criminal case nowadays where that sort of defense is not put forward. Vilfredo Pareto
If a Frenchman summon an Englishman for perjury or murder, theft, homicide, or … rape which can not be denied-the Englishman shall defend himself as he prefers, either through the ordeal of iron, or through wager of battle. But if the Englishman be infirm he shall find another who will do it for him. If one of them shall be vanquished he shall pay a fine of forty shillings to the king. If an Englishman summon a Frenchman, and be unwilling to prove his charge by judgment or by wager of battle, I will, nevertheless, that the Frenchman purge himself by an informal oath. William I
I forbid that any one be killed or hung for any fault but his eyes shall be torn out or his testicles cut off. And this command shall not be violated under penalty of a fine in full to me. William I
You have a tendency to mix show with justice....You give a theater show to the press all over the world. Bernard-Henri Levi
The constitution of the judiciary, experimental and imperfect as it was even in the infancy of our existing Government, is yet more inadequate to the administration of national justice at our present maturity. John Quincy Adams
The Federal Troops, the members of the Regular Police Force and all Special Police Officers have been authorized by me to KILL any and all persons found engaged in Looting or in the Commission of Any Other Crime. Eugene Edward Schmitz
Abolish all monopolies of agricultural produce, or of every other articles whatsoevader, adeas well as all permits from the local governors, either for the purchase of any article, or for its removal from one place to another when purchased, any attempt to compel the citizens of the United States of America to receive such "permits" from the local governors shall be considered as an infraction of this treaty, and the Sublime Porte shall immediately punish with severity any viziers, or other officers, who shall have been guilty of such misconduct, and shall render full justice to citizens of the United States of America for all losses or injuries which they may duly prove themselves to have suffered thereby. Ottoman Empire; United States; Turkey
It is hereby enjoined, that all magistrates, and others whom it may concern, be very vigilant and exact in discovering, prosecuting, and punishing all persons who shall be guilty of profanation of the Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday, blasphemy, profane swearing or cursing, drunkenness, lewdness, or other dissolute or immoral practices; that they suppress all gaming houses, and other disorderly houses; John Dickinson
The Maniac Maker Anonymous
The System is rigid, strict and hopeless solitary confinement, and I believe it, in its effects, to be cruel and wrong. Charles Dickens
In every colonial punishment the authorities were determined to expose the offender to scorn … persons with a brand on their forehead or a piece of ear missing were forever exposed to the contempt of their fellows Gordon S. Wood
No person should suffer … without being brought to answer by due course and process of law Massachusetts
We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans Bill Clinton
Politicians quickly learn to pacify the liberals by passing laws and regulations which, to pacify the conservatives, would not be enforced. Wendell Berry
The law supports the indigenous disciplines operating in our society, through the authority of the elders …. It must be recognized that crime is a biological fact of society, whether ancient or modern, It grows out of social condition and is not to been contained without the most careful examination of its etiology… In that process, it would be well not to reject, out of hand as being out-dated, the principles and techniques laid down and applied by the ancients, for dealing with the problem in their times. They may have their uses, and certainly in eastern countries, they still possess validity. Alvin Robert Cornelius
It makes courts rely on federal and state law when deciding cases. It forbids courts from considering or using international law. It forbids courts from considering or using Sharia Law. It makes courts rely on federal and state law when deciding cases. It forbids courts from considering or using international law. It forbids courts from considering or using Sharia Law. Oklahoma
Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock Alan Shadrake
The rights of the lowliest criminal are not his alone. They belong to us all. David K. Shipler
All Muslims are trustworthy, except those who have been punished with flogging … Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
“I’m going to stop crime in the streets.” A president is pressured to make that promise even though a President can’t do anything about street crime. Alice Rivlin
Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Michael Sanguinetti
Don’t tell us how to dress. Tell men not to rape! Anonymous
Scientifically Flawed Testimony -- Inaccurate Testimony -- Testimony Beyond the Examiner's Expertise -- Improper Preparation of Laboratory Reports -- Insufficient Documentation of Test Results -- Scientifically Flawed Reports -- Inadequate Record Management and Retention System -- Failures by Management to resolve serious and credible allegations of incompetence Department of Justice
The FBI made errors in their application of the latent fingerprint methodology that reflected systemic problems with the FBI Laboratory’s operations. Department of Justice
We all want security …. But we don’t need to simplify the debate to such an extent that we simply say we have to give up our liberties. Rand Paul
They shall suffer for this. They shall suffer for this. Andrew Johnson
The administration of justice was swift and unvexed by nuance. Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Al-Makkari
The justice department spent more time and effort on Barry Bonds than all the financiers and bankers who ripped off the country with their bonds. Michael Moore
I've prepared 100 coffins. 99 for corrupt officials and one for myself. Zhu Rongji
It's an unknown, it's a disappeared. It has no identity, it's neither alive nor's disappeared Jorge Rafael Videla
In primitive Buddhism, in primitive Christianity, in the writings of some of the Moslem teachers, in the early movements of the Reform, and especially in the ethical and philosophical movements of the last century and of our own times, the total abandonment of the idea of revenge, or of "due reward" — of good for good and evil for evil — is affirmed more and more vigorously. The higher conception of "no revenge for wrongs," and of freely giving more than one expects to receive from his neighbors, is proclaimed as being the real principle of morality — a principle superior to mere equivalence, equity, or justice, and more conducive to happiness … In its wide extension, even at the present time, we also see the best guarantee of a still loftier evolution of our race. Peter Kropotkin
Suicide's a criminal offense — In less enlightened times they'd have hung you for it. Peter Edward Cook
When citizens testify before grand juries they are required to tell the truth. Without the truth, our criminal justice system cannot serve our nation or its citizens. Patrick Fitzgerald
People believe in capital punishment to the extent that it seems to be fair, but if fairness is in question, they prefer life imprisonment…. The death penalty as a way of deterrence is just not turning out to be true. Charles Ogletree
Stalin loved trials so long as everyone got shot at the end. Geoffery Robertson
Tyrannicide: Tyranny is a crime. John Cooke
By what authority do you try me? Charles I
Poverty causes crime. John Cooke
The supremacy thus conferred on this Government could not peacefully be maintained, unless it was clothed with judicial power, equally paramount in authority to carry it into execution. Roger B. Taney
When I was a kid the police just whupped you. Today, they whup you, and then they arrest you in order to protect themselves. Charles B. Rangel
Violence against violence? That will never solve the problem. Vincente Fox
I never thought they would come Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno
My father has always held out Scientology and auditing to be based purely on science and not on religious "belief" or faith. We regularly promised and distributed publications with "scientific guarantees". This was and has always been common practice. My father and I created a "religious front" only for tax purposes and legal protection 'from fraud Claims'. We almost always told nearly everyone that Scientology was really science, not a religion, but that the religious front was created to deal with the government. L. Ron Hubbard Jr.; Ron DeWolfe
We cannot have a situation where people decide to sit in places not allowed and when police remove them they say no. We can’t have that. That is a revolt to the system. Some are crying that they were beaten. Yes you will be thoroughly beaten. When the police say move, you move. If you don’t move, you invite the police to use force. Robert Mugabe
Habeas Corpus secures every man here, alien or citizen, against everything that is not law, whatever shape is may assume. Thomas Jefferson
I am for the restoration of order, not for the restoration of the old order. Honore de Mirabeau; Honore Gabriel Victor Requiti
Judge — thee hasn't left me a dollar, but I wish to say to thee, and to all in this court room, that if anyone knows of a fugitive who wants a shelter, and a friend, send him to Thomas Garrett, and he will befriend him! Thomas Garrett
I much regret to state that the blacks have become very troublesome about here lately. Within ten miles of this place they speared and cut steaks from the rumps of several horses. As soon as it was known, the Native Police, under Sub-Inspector Uhr, went out, and, I am informed, succeeded in shooting upwards of thirty blacks. No sooner was this done than a report came in that Mr. Cameroon had been murdered at Liddle and Hetzer's station . . . Mr. Uhr went off immediately in that direction, and his success I hear was complete. . . .Everybody in the district is delighted with the wholesale slaughter dealt out by the native police, and thank Mr. Uhr for his energy in ridding the district of fifty-nine … Port Denison Times
There is torture of mind as well as body; the will is as much affected by fear as by force. And there comes a point where this Court should not be ignorant as judges of what we know as men. Felix Frankfurter
It is not only under Nazi rule that police excesses are inimical to freedom. It is easy to make light of insistence on scrupulous regard for the safeguards of civil liberties when invoked on behalf of the unworthy. It is too easy. History bears testimony that by such disregard are the rights of liberty extinguished, heedlessly at first, then stealthily, and brazenly in the end. Felix Frankfurter
Terror, salutary terror, is here in truth the order of the day; it represses all the efforts of the wicked ; it divests crime of all covering and tinsel! Joseph Fouche
Reflection convinces [me] the more strongly of the inexpediency of attempting forcibly to prevent the meeting on Monday. Every discouragement and obstacle should be thrown in its way... [I have] no doubt that you will make arrangements for obtaining evidence of what passes; that if anything illegal is done or said, it may be the subject of prosecution. But even if they should utter sedition ... it will be the wisest course to abstain from any endeavor to disperse the mob, unless they should proceed to acts of felony or riot. Henry Addington
The nation becomes the master of its fate not only when it has many good sons, but also when it possesses enough strength to restrain its bad ones. Roman Dmowski
The great thieves are leading away the little thief. Diogenes
Slow justice is not justice. Federico Hernandez Denton
The wheels of justice sometimes turn slowly, but happily they turn. Lisa Madigan
So long as men are corrupt and revel in sewer filth, entertainers will sell them what they want. Laws may be passed, arrests may be made, lawyers may argue, courts may sentence and jails may harbor men of corrupt minds, but pornography and allied insults to decency will never cease until men have cleansed their minds and cease to require and pay for such vile stuff. Spencer W. Kimball
People frequently say that it is human nature to want to gamble and, therefore, you cannot prevent it. It seems to me there are ways of satisfying this enjoyment in gambling without encouraging widespread crime organizations. Much of what we read about could not possibly go on without the connivance of government officials in cities and states and even at the Federal level. Eleanor Roosevelt
The recent dastardly attack on Walter Reuther of the United Automobile Workers was a shocking occurrence. No matter how great our disagreements are, if we are to continue to be a country ruled by law and not by violence, we must try to bring the whole force of public opinion against actions of this kind, whether they are individual actions motivated by some personal feeling or whether they are group actions. Eleanor Roosevelt
When you enforce the laws of the state, you don’t get to pick and choose. Andrew Cuomo
Police officers and firefighters simply have no right to recuse themselves from having to protect persons of whose activities they disapprove for religious (or any other) reasons Richard A. Posner
One would much rather that twenty guilty persons should escape the punishment of death, than that one innocent person should be condemned and suffer capitally. John Fortescue
Reflection convinces [me] the more strongly of the inexpediency of attempting forcibly to prevent the meeting on Monday. Every discouragement and obstacle should be thrown in its way... [I have] no doubt that you will make arrangements for obtaining evidence of what passes; that if anything illegal is done or said, it may be the subject of prosecution. But even if they should utter sedition ... it will be the wisest course to abstain from any endeavor to disperse the mob, unless they should proceed to acts of felony or riot. Henry Addington
It is wonderful to hear what account we at present give ourselves of the punishment of criminals. No "revenge"--O Heavens, no; all preachers on Sunday strictly forbid that; and even (at least on Sundays) prescribe the contrary of that. It is for the sake of "example," that you punish; to "protect society" and its purse and skin; to deter the innocent from falling into crime; and especially withal, for the purpose of improving the poor criminal himself,--or at lowest, of hanging and ending him, that he may not grow worse. For the poor criminal is, to be "improved" if possible: Thomas Carlyle
Among practical men the idea prevails that government can do nothing but 'keep the peace”. Thomas Carlyle
The great secrecy is speedy justice. Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Because of its experiences during the Nazi regime, Germany has a special responsibility to monitor the development of any extreme group within its borders Germany
It is a lamentable reflection that a man may be at the same time so insane as to be reckless of his own life and the lives of others, and to be pronounced free from moral responsibility, and yet capable of preparing for the commission of murder with the utmost caution and deliberation, and of taking every step which shall enable him to commit it with certainty. Robert Peel
It is better to risk sparing a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one. Voltaire; Francois-Marie
There's no question that we need tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders. We need to take a lesson from European countries where driving isn't a right but a privilege. There isn't a person on this planet by this time who doesn't know that when you consume alcohol you shouldn't get behind the wheel of a car. The people who do it anyway should have their privilege to drive taken away. Jesse Ventura
No American should ever live under the cloud of suspicion because of what they look like. Barack Obama
I wish to say to you that I am innocent. I have never done a crime, some sins, but never any crime. I thank you for everything you have done for me. I am innocent of all crime, not only this one, but of all, all. I am an innocent man. I now wish to forgive some people for what they are doing to me. Bartolomeo Vanzetti
The Queen returns these communications to Sir James Graham, which are of a very unpleasant nature. The Queen trusts that measures of the greatest severity will be taken, as well to suppress the revolutionary spirit as to bring the culprits to immediate trial and punishment. The Queen thinks this of the greatest importance with respect to the effect it may have in Ireland, likewise as proving that the Government is willing to show great forbearance, and to trust to the good sense of the people; but that if outrages are committed and it is called upon to act, it is not to be trifled with, but will visit wrong-doers with the utmost severity. Queen Victoria
Where crime exists, force must exist to repress it. Who denies it? Certainly not Liberty; certainly not the Anarchists … we are the sternest enemies of invasion of person and property, and, although chiefly busy in destroying the causes thereof, have no scruples against such heroic treatment of its immediate manifestations as circumstances and wisdom may dictate Benjamin Tucker
Every punishment is based, not on logic or the feeling of justice, but on the desire to wish evil on those who have done evil to you or to another person…. Everything about our present system of punishments and about all criminal law will be thought of by future generations in the same way that we think of cannibalism or human sacrifice to the pagan gods. “How did they not see the uselessness and cruelty of those things which they did?” our descendants will say about us. Leo Tolstoy
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison... Henry David Thoreau
These enemies of society were to be driven out of New York regardless of their constitutional rights. Grover Aloysius Whalen
There's plenty of law at the end of a nightstick Grover Aloysius Whalen
The third degree is widely and brutally employed in New York City. . . . Third-degree methods, authoritatively reported to us as recently employed include: Punching in the face, especially a hard slap on the jaw; hitting with a billy [club]; whipping with a rubber hose; kicking in the abdomen; tightening the necktie almost up to the choking point; squeezing the testicles. Methods are favored which do not leave visible marks, because these attract the attention of the courts and sometimes lead district attorneys not to use the confession. There is said to be a practice that the arresting officer does not commonly do the beating; another man will do it, so that when the arresting officer takes the stand it cannot be charged that he used force. National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement
The investigators were repeatedly told not by sensation mongers but by observers of high position and ability, long experience and unquestioned disinterestedness that the courts know that some of the prosecutors are crooked and the prosecutors know that some of the courts are crooked, and both know that some of the police are crooked, and the police are equally well informed as to them. If a policeman or detective who has worked hard and effectively to land a bad criminal in jail sees him get off through improper influences, he will tend to be less zealous in the next prosecution. He will be inclined to take the easiest course and merely try to get a confession without a too nice regard for the means employed. National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement
I think there are more anarchists bred in those places (lower criminal courts of New York City) than are made in the meetings of the anarchistic clubs. I think that many a man who in his heart is innocent and who is brought up by the police unfairly before a court which handles him unfairly, whatever may be the reason, goes out with a feeling of hatred toward the institutions which we desire to sustain. Frank Moss
To Counterfeit is Death Anonymous
I don’t see any difference in killing a communist in North Carolina and killing a communist in Vietnam. Virgil Lee Griffin
A banker can write a bad poem and no one thinks anything about it. But let a poet write a single bad check and he is in trouble. Mark Shields
…making our city well-armed, and thus creating the chance for Florence to achieve glorious victories, giving public office to men of good reputation and conduct, making it easy to punish the crimes of anyone who follows evil paths: all these measures together would result in the rich being less esteemed than they are today. Francesco Guicciardini
If you allow young folk to be abominably brought up and their characters corrupted little by little, from childhood; and if then you punish them as grown-ups for committing the crimes to which their training has consistently inclined them, what else is this, I ask, but first making thieves and then punishing them for it? Thomas More
…it would be much better to enable every man to earn his own living, instead of being driven to the awful necessity of stealing and then dying for it. Thomas More
The main cause of crime is linked very directly to mass immigration. Jean-Marie Le Pen
Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime. Woody Allen
Fear God, and offend not the Prince nor his laws, And keep thyself out of the magistrate's claws. Thomas Tusser
The criminal law stands to the passion of revenge in much the same relation as marriage to the sexual appetite. James Fitzjames Stephen
… all human history is the struggle between systems that attempt to shackle the human personality in the name of some intangible good on the one hand and systems that enable and expand the scope of human personality in the pursuit of extremely tangible aims. The American system is the most successful in the world because it harmonizes best with the aims and longings of human personality while allowing the best protection to other personalities. Ben Stein
The state should look into this, as other nations do: see to it that nobles do not take the lives of their subjects at will, or burden them with unjust toil - as if they were dumb cattle! Szymon Starowolski
In the criminal code we find no feminine pronouns, as "He," "His," "Him," we are arrested, tried and hung, but singularly enough, we are denied the highest privileges of citizens, because the pronouns "She," "Hers" and "Her," are not found in the constitutions. It is a pertinent question, if women can pay the penalties of their crimes as "He," why may they not enjoy the privileges of citizens as "He"? Elizabeth Cady Stanton
In relation to the Dagestani and other bands which obstruct the movements of trains from the North Caucasus, you must be absolutely merciless. A number of their villages should be set on fire and burned to the ground so as to teach them not to make raids on trains. Joseph Stalin
Never talk when you can nod and never nod when you can wink and never write an e-mail, because it's death. You're giving prosecutors all the evidence we need. Eliot Spitzer
Nearly every day on the television set the hero cop breaks into the bad guy’s house and beats a confession out of him and we cheer on the cop. Propaganda smears our clear vision. It causes us to accept the diminishment of our constitutional protections as something to be lauded — after all, the cop was protecting us. Gerry Spence
We need to maintain law and order. We need to maintain peace in the world. We need to protect the environment. We need to have some degree of social justice, equality of opportunity. The markets are not designed to take care of those needs. That's a political process. George Soros
The principal instances of mass violence in the world today are those committed by governments within their own legally recognized borders. Susan Sontag
A person who has been punished is not thereby simply less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment. B. F. Skinner
Let your accusations be few in number, even if they be just. Sixtus I
Please forgive my honest mistake Thaksin Shinawatra
Please don't intervene. Please leave us alone. It is my job and we can cope with this matter. We are trying to explain this to foreigners. But if they do not understand or ignore our explanation, I don't care because we are not begging them for food. Thaksin Shinawatra
Arms are dangerous instruments and not necessarily forged for good. How can we safely entrust them to any but those who have schooled themselves in the precepts of the Classics and can use these weapons for the realization of Humanity and Righteousness? To quell violence and disorder, to repulse barbarians and brigands, to rescue living souls from agony and torture, to save the nation from imminent downfall-these are the true ends of Humanity and Righteousness. Yoshida Shoin
Unfortunately in this Century crime has ceased to be largely local in origin and effect. Crime is now established on an international scale and the criminal law must face this new reality. Their lordships can find nothing in precedent, comity or good sense that should inhibit the common law from regarding as justiciable in England inchoate crimes committed abroad which are intended to result in the commission of criminal offences in England. William Hugh Griffiths
Beware the Four Horsemen of the Information Apocalypse: terrorists, drug dealers, kidnappers, and child pornographers. Seems like you can scare any public into allowing the government to do anything with those four. Bruce Schneier
By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don't think you can call it rape Phyllis Schlafly
Nothing is more dangerous in practice, than an obstinate, unbending adherence to a system. Jean-Baptiste Say
I announce to you that your life is near its end; that if you obey not my words, you will go to hell, and this letter will be brought up against you before the judgment-seat of God, and leave you no way of escape. Girolamo Savonarola
Men are not hang'd for stealing Horses, but that Horses may not be stolen. George Savile
Those who can, must obey. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar
Do the day’s work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a stand-patter, but don’t be a stand-patter. Expect to be called a demagogue, but don’t be a demagogue. Don’t hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don’t hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Don’t hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation. Calvin Coolidge
The judge is condemned when the guilty is absolved. Publius Syrus
Pardon one offence and you encourage the commission of many. Publius Syrus
… good habits are here more effectual than good laws elsewhere Cornelius Tacitus
Incitement is a form of expression. How do we curb that without getting onto the slippery slope of curtailing all dissent and all troubling and contrarian speech? Ismail Serageldin
People who make off with large sums of money escape justice or get insignificant sentences, while the thief who steals a handbag … gets six years…. In the United States, Nixon quit for far less. Eric Halphen
If a man destroy the eye of another man, they shall destroy his eye. Hammurabi
If it makes people mad, they'll forget it by 1990 … I put prostitutes and gays at about the same level, and I'd be hard put to give somebody life for killing a prostitute. I did what I thought was right. Jack Hampton
The tradition of English-speaking freedom has depended in no small part upon the merely procedural requirement that the state point with exactness to just that conduct which violates the law. It is difficult and often impossible to meet the charge that one's general ethos is treasonable. Learned Hand
Rape has been normalized. Rape is in our culture. Gender based violence is part of our whole patriarchal culture. It happens all the time…. There is silence because of fear, because the perpetrator has the power one way or the other/ Andy Kawa
The arm of the Federal government is long, but it is far too short to protect the rights of individuals in the interior of distant States. They must have the power to protect themselves, or they will go unprotected, in spite of all the laws the Federal government can put upon the national statute-book. Frederick Douglass
The insolent and overbearing conduct of the Southerners [slave-catchers], when on such errands to Pennsylvania, forced me to my course of action. They did not hesitate to break open doors, and to enter, without ceremony, the houses of colored men; and when refused admission, or when a manly and determined spirit was shown, they would present pistols, and strike and knock down men and women indiscriminately. William Parker
… a number of us had formed an organization for mutual protection against slaveholders and kidnappers, and had resolved to prevent any of our brethren being taken back into slavery, at the risk of our own lives…. Kidnapping was so common … that we were kept in constant fear. William Parker
There is little difference between the immorality of the man who visited prostitutes and the woman who aborted. Horatio Robinson Storer
What is really at stake here is the survival of the kind of economy under which this country has grown great, the free-enterprise system J. Cullen Ganey
The question, Shall woman vote, if translated into actual and practical form, reads thus: Shall woman decide what are the rights of the citizen to be protected and what are the duties of the citizen to be enforced, and then are her son and her brother and her husband to go forth, armed, if need be, to enforce her decision? Is this where the functional line between the sexes is to be drawn? Are women to make the laws and men to enforce them? Are women to decree, and men to execute? Lyman Abbott
The object of government is the protection of person, property, and reputation from the foes which assail them. Government may do other things: it may carry the mails, run the express, own and operate the railroads; but its fundamental function is to furnish protection from open violence or secret fraud. If it adequately protects person, property, and reputation, it is a just government, though it do nothing else; if it fails to protect these primary rights, if the person is left to defend himself, his property, his reputation by his own strong arm, there is no government. Lyman Abbott
Society exempts woman from police functions. She is not called to be sheriff or constable or night watchman. She bears no truncheon and wears no revolver. She answers not to the summons when peace officers call for the posse comitatus. She is not received into the National Guard when bloody riot fills the city with peril and alarms. Why not? Is she not the equal of man? Is she not as loyal? as law abiding ? as patriotic? as brave? Surely. All of these is she. But it is not her function to protect the state when foreign foes attack it; it is the function of the state to protect her. It is not her function to protect the persons and property of the community against riot; it is man's function to protect her. Here at least the functional difference between the sexes is too plain to be denied, doubted, or ignored. Here at least no man or woman from the claims of equality of character jumps to the illogical conclusion that there is an identity of function. Lyman Abbott
Western democracy included individual liberty, as well as equality. The frontiersman was impatient of restraints. He knew how to preserve order, even in the absence of legal authority…. the individual was not ready to submit to complex regulations. Population was sparse, there was no multitude of jostling interests, as in older settlements, demanding an elaborate system of personal restraints. Society became atomic. There was a reproduction of the primitive idea of the personality of the law, a crime was more an offense against the victim than a violation of the law of the land. Frederick Jackson Turner
In 1921 the temper of the times made it the special duty of a prosecutor and a court engaged in trying two Italian radicals before a jury of native New Englanders to keep the instruments of justice free from the infection of passion or prejudice. In the case of Sacco and Vanzetti no such restraints were respected. By systematic exploitation of the defendants' alien blood, their imperfect knowledge of English, their unpopular social views, and their opposition to the war, the District Attorney invoked against them a riot of political passion and patriotic sentiment; and the trial judge connived at -- one had almost written, cooperated in -- the process.... Judge Thayer's opinion stands unmatched for discrepancies between what the record discloses and what the opinion conveys. His 25,000-word document cannot accurately be described otherwise than as a farrago of misquotations, misrepresentations, suppressions, and mutilations. The disinterested inquirer could not possibly derive from it a true knowledge of the new evidence that was submitted to him as the basis for a new trial. The opinion is literally honeycombed with demonstrable errors, and a spirit alien to judicial utterance permeates the whole. Felix Frankfurter
The people are frightened. When they are frightened, they are much more willing to give us their liberties. But giving up their liberties won't make them safer, that's the real sad part of it. Ronald E. Paul
The federal government has no right to treat all Americans as criminals by spying on their relationship with their doctors, employers, or bankers. Ronald E. Paul
We need to repeal the whole war on drugs. It isn’t working. We have already spent over $400 billion since the early 1970s, and it is wasted money Ronald E. Paul
If we had probably a repeal of most of the federal laws on drugs and the unfairness on how Blacks are treated with these drugs laws, it would be a tremendous improvement. Ronald E. Paul
Pay and Chase Anonymous
Homeland security intelligence done the wrong way will give us thought police. Jane Harman
You’ve damaged yourself, you have damaged another person, you’ve damaged your peers, and quite honestly you have damaged your own race Michael Nutter
I gathered, in the investigation I made as Chairman of the Committee of the American Law Institute, statistics from a majority of the States and I have carefully examined those gathered by other committees and commissions, and it is my judgment that of those committing major crimes … not one out of every ten is apprehended and adequately punished … that our system of apprehending and prosecuting those who commit major crimes is only from 10 per cent to 15 per cent efficient; that as to those apprehended and indicted for major offenses, it is only from 25 per cent to 30 per cent efficient … and that as to those actually tried for major offenses, it is not over 50 per cent efficient. Herbert Spencer Hadley
Ethical and legal are not synonyms. ; Randy Cohen
Using legally approved tricks and lies, the detective coerces a false confession. Hiding facts that support innocence, the prosecutor forces a dubious plea of guilt. The judge sentences for acquitted conduct, as she is allowed to do. The defense attorney for the poor, overworked because of underfunding by the state, fails to summon sufficient resources to investigate and rebut. The legal immigrant is deported with no meaningful access to constitutional rights. These intrusions are woven into the statutes and enabled by courts David K. Shipler
If you attack innocent American civilians, we will follow you to the end of the Earth. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
I would willingly lead a mob in lynching a Negro who had committed an assault upon a white woman. Benjamin Ryan Tillman
What is racial profiling, if not an acknowledgment that different racial and ethnic groups are statistically more likely than other groups to engage in different sorts of illegal behavior. The Irish, who have a genetic weakness for alcohol, are too prone to get into fights, while Sicilians and South Italians have demonstrated an amazing ability to organize extortion, protection, prostitution, and gambling rackets. When O.J. Simpson kills a white woman or engages in other violent acts, he is simply living up to a statistical stereotype Thomas Fleming
I’m a Christian Citizen exercising my Constitutional Rights Andrew Shirvell
A government must govern, must prescribe and enforce laws within its sphere or cease to be a government. Moreover, the individual must be independent and free within his own sphere or cease to be an individual. The fundamental question ... is now, and always will be through what adjustments, by what actions, these principles may be applied. Calvin Coolidge
The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation. Emma Goldman
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Albert Camus
Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use. Jimmy Carter country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more. Mark Twain
Nothing incites to money-crimes like great poverty or great wealth. Mark Twain
… every citizen of the republic ought to consider himself an unofficial policeman, and keep unsalaried watch and ward over the laws and their execution. Mark Twain
Protection is the first necessity of opulence and luxury. Joseph Conrad
Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing. It may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different. Arthur Conan Doyle
Circumstantial evidence … that wonderful fabric which is built out of straws collected at every point of the compass, and which is yet strong enough to hang a man. Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Circumstances may accumulate so strongly even against an innocent man, that directed, sharpened, and pointed, they may slay him. Charles Dickens
You can hire logic, in the shape of a lawyer, to prove anything that you want to prove. Oliver Wendell Holmes
The majority of crimes in the world are committed by people for the same reason—they want to be thought well of. Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace
As soon as anything is processed by memory, it’s fiction. Jay Parini
When people rob banks, they go to prison. When bankers rob people, they get a bonus Ronald E. Paul
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced Albert Einstein
What seems fair enough against a squalid huckster of bad liquor may take on a different face, if used by a government determined to suppress political opposition under the guise of sedition Learned Hand
If the prosecution of crime is to be conducted with so little regard for that protection which centuries of English law have given to the individual, we are indeed at the dawn of a new era; and much that we have deemed vital to our liberties, is a delusion. Learned Hand
If the government can round up someone and never be required to explain why, then it's no longer the United States of America as you and I always understood it. Our enemies have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They have made us become like them. Garrison Keillor
Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees. Pastoral scene of the gallant South, The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth, Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh, Then the sudden smell of burning flesh! Here is fruit for the crows to pluck, For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck, For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop, Here is a strange and bitter crop. Billie Holiday
We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws. Hunter S. Thompson
There never was a law yet made, I conceive, that hit the taste exactly of every man, or every part of the community; of course, if this be a reason for opposition, no law can be executed at all without force George Washington
In all governments, there must of necessity be both the law and the sword; laws without arms would give us not liberty, but licentiousness; and arms without laws, would produce not subjection, but slavery. The law, therefore, should be unto the sword what the handle is to the hatchet; it should direct the stroke and temper the force. Charles Caleb Colton
Laws or ordinances unobserved, or partially attended to, had better never have been made. George Washington
The superior man governs men, according to their nature, with what is proper to them, and as soon as they change what is wrong, he stops. Confucius
A male prisoner imprisoned in a county jail for being found intoxicated, for a breach of the peace, or for being a tramp, may be required to perform not more than ten hours of manual labor within or without the walls of such county jail each day of such imprisonment, except on Sundays or on legal holidays.' Vermont
The innocent man is always eager to give his explanation and does so at the first opportunity, and it is always to his interest so to do. But the guilty is now enabled by the law to remain mute, to learn the evidence against him, to concoct his defense pending trial, and to come into court fully acquainted with the case against him, while the district attorney only knows that the defendant has pronounced the two words "not guilty. Charles C. Nott Jr.
The fact is that our administration of the criminal law has as nearly reached perfection in guarding the innocent (and guilty) from conviction as is possible for any human institution; but in securing the safety and order of the community by the conviction of the guilty it is woefully inadequate. Charles C. Nott Jr.
it is better to mistakenly kill an innocent person then to mistakenly spare an enemy. Pol Pot
But passing by all other considerations, and contemplating merely the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them. Benjamin Rush
What rights have women? ... [they are] punished for breaking laws which they have no voice in making. All avenues to enterprise and honors are closed against them. If poor, they must drudge for a mere pittance—if of the wealthy classes, they must be dressed dolls of fashion—parlor puppets... Ernestine Rose
Laws are only observed with the consent of the individuals concerned and a moral change still depends on the individual and not on the passage of any law. Eleanor Roosevelt
The net of law is spread so wide, No sinner from its sweep may hide. Its meshes are so fine and strong They take in every child of wrong. O wondrous web of mystery ! Big fish alone escape from thee ! James Jeffrey Roche
Harshness towards individuals who flout the laws and commands of state is for the public good; no greater crime against the public interest is possible than to show leniency to those who violate it. Armand Jean du Plessis; Cardinal
You can count on the fingers of one hand, and you don’t need all of them, the number of people who went to jail for the Meltdown of 2008. This is in stark contrast to the Savings and Loan Scandal where 750 miscreants went to jail. Alan S. Blinder
Warning: This Grape Juice in 6 Months Will Turn to Alcohol and Become Illegal. Anonymous
I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at the point of a bayonet, if necessary. Ronald Reagan
The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil. Daniel Webster
We have far more plea bargains in our system than we do trials. Angela Davis
Prosecutors, unlike any other official in our system, … are not as accountable… to the public that they serve Police officers do what they do in a public space. Judges are in a courtroom... Prosecutors make their charging decisions and plea bargain decisions behind closed doors…. There is no transparency … There is a lot of unconscious and implicit bias. Angela Davis
We need more people with military background [in the conservation field]. The big problem is that the wildlife organizations hate to be seen as militaristic. But people in the United States don't understand the nasty people [poachers] you're dealing with. You have to deal with them in like manner. Nir Kalron