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If the law is upheld only by government officials, then all law is at an end. Herbert Hoover
Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished. Jeremy Bentham
Laws are made to protect the trusting as well as the suspicious. Hugo Black
There are laws for peace as well as war. Livy
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
One with the law is a majority. Calvin Coolidge
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. Edmund Burke
I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law. David Dinkins
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
Laws, like houses, lean on one another. Edmund Burke
Justice is truth in action. Benjamin Disraeli
So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community. William Blackstone
No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority. Joseph Addison
Law is king of all. Henry Alford
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
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization. Winston Churchill
In prison, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all. Eldridge Cleaver
Crime is naught but misdirected energy. Emma Goldman
The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become. Mark Twain
That which is not just is not law. William Lloyd Garrison
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 must never lose sight of the fact that the law has a moral foundation, and we must never fail to ask ourselves not only what the law is, but what the law should be. Anthony Kennedy
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Anatole France
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others. Horace
Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love. Ellen Key
At the constitutional level where we work, 90 percent of any decision is emotional. The rational part of us supplies the reasons for supporting our predilections. William O. Douglas
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime. Max Stirner
Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal. Elizabeth Fry
We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity. Isadora Duncan
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all. Edmund Burke
We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation. William O. Douglas
Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life. Orrin Hatch
Custom, that unwritten law, By which the people keep even kings in awe. Charles Davenport
Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws. Walter Savage Landor
The world is not going to be saved by legislation. William Howard Taft
The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits. Leo Tolstoy
A bumper of good liquor will end a contest quicker than justice, judge, or vicar. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Law never is, but is always about to be. Benjamin N. Cardozo
There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience. Hartley William Shawcross
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. Samuel Johnson
In a constitutional democracy the moral content of law must be given by the morality of the framer or legislator, never by the morality of the judge. Robert Bork
The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts. Lord Melbourne
Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever. William Howard Taft
The function of the law is not to provide justice or to preserve freedom. The function of the law is to keep those who hold power, in power. Gerry Spence
That justice should be administered between men, it is necessary that testimonies of fact be alleged; and that witnesses should apprehend themselves greatly obliged to discover the truth, according to their conscience, in dark and doubtful cases. Isaac Barrow
A functioning police state needs no police. William S. Burroughs
In a thousand pounds of law there is not an ounce of love. John Ray
All sides in a trial want to hide at least some of the truth. Alan Dershowitz
No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family. J. Edgar Hoover
I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them. Alfred Hitchcock
Good men must not obey the laws too well. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We owe the Aboriginal peoples a debt that is four centuries old. It is their turn to become full partners in developing an even greater Canada. And the reconciliation required may be less a matter of legal texts than of attitudes of the heart. Romeo LeBlanc
Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline. Michel Foucault
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
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. Joseph Conrad
Insofar as international law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting the behavior of those with whom we have reciprocal legal obligations. J. William Fulbright
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
The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress. Quentin Crisp
Give your decisions, never your reasons; your decisions may be right, your reasons are sure to be wrong. James Mansfield
Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. Calvin Coolidge
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
If nations could only depend upon fair and impartial judgments in a world court of law, they would abandon the senseless, savage practice of war. Belva Lockwood
There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them. Charles Caleb Colton
Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law. Demosthenes
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
How long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law. Edward Coke
It has never been the case, that if you capture an enemy combatant in war, you have to give him a Jury trial. Antonin Scalia
The civil process has become too expensive, time-consuming, and contentious, inhibiting effective access to the courts. John Roberts
... endless lawyering can prevent efficient justice John Roberts
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
Ordinary lawsuits shall not follow the royal court around, but shall be held in a fixed place. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
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)
International law is a fiction abused callously, or ignored ruthlessly by those nations that, unlike the Western Democracies, never took it seriously in the first place.. Benjamin E. Schwartz
... 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
I don't care whether you shoot Muslims or not, it has got to be stopped. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
We think it's OK for us to have the world's largest prison population and for one racial group to be overrepresented therein. Ta-Nehisi Coates
It is the merit of the common law that it decides the case first and determines the principles afterward. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The judiciary must be independent, impartial and autonomous to impart justice to the people and establish rule of law in the society. Altaf Hussain
You don't want to institutionalize the excesses required to meet extraordinary threats. The law just can't anticipate all the contingencies. Tom Charles Huston
The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being. Mike Huckabee
The people deemed too dangerous to release therefore become the very people released with no conditions and no supervision. 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
They're worse than the brown shirts and the communist element and also the night riders and the vigilantes. They're the worst kind of people we harbor in America. I think that we're up against the strongest, well-trained, militant revolutionary group that has ever assembled in America.... We're going to eradicate the problem, we're not going to treat the symptoms. James Allen Rhodes
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
If my father granted privileges, he was not by the royal charter empowered to grant, nothing can be claimed by such a grant. Thomas Penn
If then your father had no right to grant the privileges he pretended to grant, and published all over Europe as granted, those who came to settle in the province ... were deceived, cheated, and betrayed. Benjamin Franklin
There are reasons to doubt that our criminal justice system is fundamentally just. Alex Kozinski
[The decisions made by the prosecutors were] stunningly arbitrary. These decisions are shrouded in such complete secrecy that they make the proceedings of the former English Court of Star Chamber appear to be a model of criminal justice transparency. We as judges can and should do more [to change the situation.] Mark W. Bennett
Going to prison, for me, was like seeing my death before it happened. Josiah Sutton
The rule of law gains credibility when it is seen as fair. America has a problem in this regard.... There is a bigger problem than we all want to admit. Fareed Zakaria
If you want good laws, burn those you have and make new ones. 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
As AI applications engage in behavior that, were it done by a human, would constitute a crime, courts and other legal actors will have to puzzle through whom to hold accountable and on what theory. Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Study Panel
The Talmud. the compendium of Jewish Law. is pretty much a bunch of dudes contradicting on another... Majoriie Ingall
An act of Congress is binding upon all as much as if it were included … in the Constitution itself. John Marshall Harlan 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
We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either justice or right. Magna Carta (John Lackland)
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
Magna Carta is such a fellow that he will have no sovereign. Edward Coke
Whatever is originally wrong in its own Nature cannot be sanctified or made right by repetition and use. Ancient Roman Proverb
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
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
Natives had to be made tame, to the gun. James Thomas Kruger; Jimmy Kruger
I advocate firm action against those of His Majesty’s subjects who have exterminated whole tribes of blacks. Andries Stockenstrom
Until we apply terror to speculators --- shooting on the spot --- we won’t get anywhere. Vladimir Lenin
...instantly introduce mass terror, shoot and transport hundreds of prostitutes who get the soldiers drunk, ex-officers, etc. Not a minute to be wasted...You must act at full stretch: mass searches. Executions for possession of weapons. Mass deportations of Mensheviks and unreliable elements. Vladimir Lenin
Having found, from experience, that impeachment is an impracticable thing, a mere scare-crow, they consider themselves secure for life; they skulk from responsibility to public opinion. Thomas Jefferson
Prison … for the detention of persons and not for flagellating them or undermining their health. Pedro I
In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Louis D. Brandeis
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)
The submission of free people to the executive authority of government, is no more than a compliance with laws which they themselves have enacted. Junius; Philip Francis
One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate and constitute law. What yesterday was fact, today is doctrine. Junius; Philip Francis
I have never seen conduct of the Federal Government so egregious. Royce C. Lamberth
Cut off the hands of thieves. It is an exemplary punishment from Allah. Muhammad
Prohibition begets proliferation Kenn Gividen
The British judiciary is one of the most corrupt in the world because of politically active judges Ken Livingstone
It is a simple truth that the human mind can face better the most oppressive government, the most rigid restrictions, than the awful prospect of a lawless, frontierless world. Katherine Anne Porter
Civil disobedience is the right of all men when we believe breaking man's law is needed to preserve God's law. Jerry Falwell
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
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 all want certainty Leonel Castillo Gonzalez
We in the FBI engaged in some very illegal law enforcement. William Turner
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
Five of its nine silk gowns are worn by Slaveholders. More than half its long Bench is filled with Slaveholders. Its Chief Justice is a Slaveholder. The Free States with double the population of the Slave State, do not have half the Judges. The majority represent a minority of 350,000. The minority represent a majority of twenty Millions! New York Evening Journal Albany
The constitution is the supreme law; the Supreme Court is the authorized interpreter of the constitution; the construction which that tribunal puts upon that instrument is, for all practical purposes, the constitution itself, and therefore their decision must be fully and freely acquiesced in by all good citizens. That decision is now the supreme law of the land; it is practically the constitution itself, being the meaning and intent of that instrument as officially interpreted and declared by the tribunal authorized to interpret it, and from whose decision there is no appeal. Resistance to that decision is, therefore, resistance to the constitution -- to the government -- to the Union itself. It cannot be made legally rightfully, peacefully, or with the least chance or hope of success. That decision must be carried into effect -- that interpretation must be acquiesced in and acted upon, or else it must be resisted by force. There is no other alternative. It is the law, the constitution, and will be respected and acted upon by the constituted authorities, no matter to what party they belong nor what their private views may be in regard to it. It cannot be evaded; if Congress and the President should undertake to resist it, the effort would be futile. In a word, we repeat, nothing but force, open rebellion, can successfully oppose the practical application and enforcement of the decision of the court in this case. New Hampshire Patriot
I would like to see more judicial activism because I want to see more laws struck down. Clint Bolick
The Supreme Court of the United States, in a recent case, has, by a decision of seven to two of the Judges, established as law what our Southern statesmen have been repeating daily for many years on the floors of Congress, that the whole action of this Government on the subject of slavery, for more than a quarter of a century, from the initiation of the Missouri Restriction in 1822, to the California Compromise in 1850, has been all beyond the limits of the Constitution; was without justifiable authority; and that the whole mass should be now proclaimed null and void, and that slavery is guaranteed by the constitutional compact. Charleston Mercury
The importance of this decision in the highest legal tribunal established under our Federal Constitution is a sufficient reason for devoting to it so much of the space in our columns. The questions upon which these opinions have been rendered are among those which have shaken our Union from centre to circumference, and threatened imminently its dissolution. The points adjudicated are more strictly political than legal, and affect materially the status of political parties throughout the confederacy…. The importance of the decision is greatly enhanced by its immediate effect upon two of the great political parties of the country. At a single blow it shatters and destroys the platform of the Republican party. It annihilates the issue which was made paramount in the recent Presidential election, and takes away from the Democratic party all the advantages of its advocacy of popular sovereignty in the Territories. It leaves both of these great parties all abroad, without a single plank of their late platforms upon which to rest. Louisville, Kentucky, Journal American
The supreme court of the United States, the highest and most dignified tribunal in any civilized country, and composed of the very first order of talent in the world, and to whose decisions it is an honor to bow with respectful deference, have had the darling bantling of black republicanism under consideration, and announce it illegitimate. They say it is the offspring of red hot abolitionism, and cannot be acknowledged as having anything honest or upright about it. Thus it is thrown upon the hands of the black republicans who are compelled to provide for it. Illinois State Register
It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of the recent decision of the Supreme Court. The grounds and methods of that decision we have exposed elsewhere; and we now turn from them to contemplate the great fact which it establishes -- the fact that Slavery is National; and that, until that remote period when different Judges, sitting in this same Court, shall reverse this wicked and false judgment, the Constitution of the United States is nothing better than the bulwark of inhumanity and oppression. New York Tribune
The nation has achieved a triumph, sectionalism has been rebuked, and abolitionism has been staggered and stunned. Another supporting pillar has been added to our institutions; the assailants of the South and enemies of the Union have been driven from their point d'appui; a patriotic principle has been pronounced; a great, national, conservative, union saving sentiment has been proclaimed Richmond, Virginia, Enquirer
Judge Taney requests the American people to believe that the framers of the Constitution did not know their own minds. For the same Statesmen who drew up the Constitution, (which he says forbids Congress to prohibit Slavery in the Territories,) adopted the Ordinance of '87, which prohibited it in all the Territories we then had. The Ordinance was passed in July, 1787 -- the Constitution was framed in September of the same year. The same States and the same men ratified both. And one of the first acts of the first Congress under the Constitution was to reaffirm the Ordinance, and to again prohibit Slavery! Which are the best interpreters of the Constitution, the opinions of Mr. Chief Justice Taney, or the ACTS of Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Monroe, Adams, and Washington? New York Evening Journal Albany
The conspiracy is nearly completed. The Legislation of the Republic is in the hands of this handful of Slaveholders. The United States Senate assures it to them. The Executive power of the Government is theirs. Buchanan took the oath of fealty to them on the steps of the Capitol last Wednesday. The body which gives the supreme law of the land, has just acceded to their demands, and dared to declare that under the charter of the Nation, men of African descent are not citizens of the United States and can not be -- that the Ordinance of 1787 was void -- that human Slavery is not a local thing, but pursues its victims to free soil, clings to them wherever they go, and returns with them -- that the American Congress has no power to prevent the enslavement of men in the National Territories -- that the inhabitants themselves of the Territories have no power to exclude human bondage from their midst -- and that men of color can not be suitors for justice in the Courts of the United States! New York Evening Journal Albany
We do not know how other persons may feel in view of the recent dicta of the Supreme Court in the case of Dred Scott … but it appears to us that the almost diabolical spirit it evinces in going out of the way to Freedom at the expense of Slavery, ought to be sufficient to arouse to indignation the coolest and most torpid of northern men. The decision is a fitting crown to the aborted tyranny which has just submerged with Pierce; an iron clasp, well forged to link the dead with the living administration. It comes pat upon the recent inaugural, "rounds and caps it to the tyrant's eye" and just fills up the cup of inequity. Pennsylvania Gazette Pittsburgh
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
Judges, like other citizens, do not wish to hinder a nation’s ‘war effort’. William Rehnquist
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
The public must be assured that prosecutorial decisions are made on legal and not political grounds. David Inglesias
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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
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
Liberty finds no refuge in a jurisprudence of doubt. Anthony Kennedy
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
We have the heaviest concentration of lawyers on Earth—one for every five-hundred Americans; three times as many as are in England, four times as many as are in West Germany, twenty-one times as many as there are in Japan. We have more litigation, but I am not sure that we have more justice. No resources of talent and training in our own society, even including the medical care, is more wastefully or unfairly distributed than legal skills. Ninety percent of our lawyers serve 10 percent of our people. We are over-lawyered and under-represented. Jimmy Carter
A common and not necessarily apocryphal example portrays a solo practitioner starved for business in a small town. A second lawyer then arrives, and they both prosper. Deborah L. Rhode
Who ever knew an honest brute/ at law his neighbor prosecute? Jonathan Swift
There are no good laws except simple laws. Chretien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes
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
Emergency does not read the law. Finnish Proverb
A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak and a powerful one too powerful. Primo Levi
The judicial authority shall not be carried out either by the legislative authority or by the king, but by magistracies instituted and elected to that end. Poland
If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside … or in the back yard without a cover, and the cats come over and eat it, whose fault is it---the cat’s or the uncovered meat? Taj Aldin Al Hilali
General propositions do not decide concrete cases. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
He who helps the guilty, shares the crime. Publius Syrus
There is no major political issue in the country that does not end up as a legal issue. Julio Nazerino
Judges tend to support the current government not because they necessarily share its views, but because they wish to avoid a worse outcome in which the Congress overrides their decisions. Gretchen Helmke
The passions of men are in themselves no sin. No more are the actions that proceed from those passions until they know that a law forbids them, which till laws be made, they cannot know. Thomas Hobbes
The degree of civilization in a society can by judged by entering its prisons. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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)
Courts are an aristocratic institution in a democracy. That's the dilemma for an institution that has the function of reviewing the will of the people. We're bound to be "anti-majoritarian. Rose Bird
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
We Mexicans believe in the force of the law, not in the law of force Vincente Fox
Village feuds often had to do with an idea of honor. Perhaps it was a peasant idea; perhaps this idea of honor is especially important to a society without recourse to law or without confidence in law. V. S. Naipaul
The right to dissent is the only thing that makes life tolerable for a judge of an appellate court... the affairs of government could not be conducted by democratic standards without it. William O. Douglas
Absolute discretion is a ruthless master. It is more destructive of freedom than any of man's other inventions William O. Douglas
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
Democracies have no business running secret prisons. That's what our enemies do…. Real security begins with remembering who we are. We gain nothing by adopting the methods of our enemies. Bob Schieffer
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
The best use of laws is to teach men to trample bad laws under their feet. Wendell Phillips
Daily the Negro is coming more and more to look upon law and justice, not as protecting safeguards, but as sources of humiliation and oppression. The laws are made by men who have little interest in him; they are executed by men who have absolutely no motive for treating the black people with courtesy and consideration; and, finally, the accused law-breaker is tried, not by his peers, but too often by men who would rather punish ten innocent Negroes than let one guilty one escape. W. E. B. Du Bois
Anyone who does not follow the laws of Rome will suffer the same fate as my brother. Romulus Whitaker
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
I do not want to give you artificial and systematic laws, invented by man; only to bring you back under the unique laws of nature and order, which command to the heart and do not tyrannize the free will. Jean Jacques Rousseau
International Law Jeremy Bentham
300 million Americans every day decide to settle their disputes in courts of law rather than settle them in the streets with sticks and stones. Stephen Breyer
If the country comes to believe that judges are politicians in robes no end of difficulty will come from that. Stephen Breyer
Judges are red meat in politics. Charlie Rose
I am very concerned that judges be able to render decisions without fear of retribution. Sandra Day O'Connor
A rule of law is superior to a rule of force. Stephen Breyer
We’re not the only court in the world. See what they (other nation’s courts) have to say. Stephen Breyer
Is invoking “international opinion” in American law like subjecting legislation enacted by Congress to review by the United Nations? Emily Bazelon
If the United States isn’t keeping pace with the rest of the civilized world, then for its own good it needs to change. Harold Koh
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
This is the first indication I have ever had that there is a God. Felix Frankfurter
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
No legal fee can be too high for a large corporation with billions at stake on a phrase in a law or the timing of a regulation. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
The exercise of the appellate power over those judgments of the state tribunals which may contravene the Constitution or laws of the United States is, we believe, essential … John Marshall
The judicial power of every well-constituted government must be coextensive with the legislative, and must be capable of deciding every judicial question which grows out of the Constitution and laws. John Marshall
International Law, n. Law that is violated in multiple countries instead of just one. Jonathan Hayward
The Law of Moses became the font and spring of constitutional government. William Blackstone
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them are abomination … Book of Proverbs; Solomon
Having a judicious temperament is far more important than having a consistent judicial methodology. Jeffrey Rosen
There is this political ideology in the Muslim world that says that nations should be ruled by religious law…. Mali and Senegal are the exceptions. Yaroslav Trofimov
They’re very well treated down there. They’re living in the tropics. They’re well fed. Dick Cheney
The bulk of Sharia is nothing more than the legal opinions of classical jurists. That is why whenever the Sharia is imposed—out of context from the time when it was formulated and out of step with ours—Muslim societies acquire a medieval feel. We see that in Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Sudan, and Afghanistan under the Taliban. Ziauddun Sardar
Study the history of almost any criminal and you find an inveterate cigarette smoker Henry Ford
We have let millions of people rot in jail, and let them rot to no purpose, treating them with an indifference that is little short of barbaric. We have forced people to drag themselves in chains across tens of thousands of miles in freezing conditions, infected them with syphilis, debauched them, hugely increased the criminal population, and heaped the blame for the whole thing in red-nosed prison supervisors. Anton Chekhov
The Founding Fathers didn’t intend for the lawyers to run this country Butch Otter
Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice Charles T. Sprading
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
Ignorance, filth, and poverty are the missionaries of crime. Robert G. Ingersoll
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
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
You must recollect that our situation is different from that of other towns in the Eastern part of the State, which have always enjoyed the benefits of churches, schools & other civilizing influences. We have always been a frontier Town, where the wild & reckless sons of the Plains have congregated, their influences are still felt here, but we are rapidly overcoming them, let us alone & we will work out our own salvation in due season. I flatter myself that I know how to handle the boys, they cannot be driven. Please do not borrow trouble Governor about the conduct or management of Dodge City. Robert Wright
Courts are for people to get help, not just to shrink dockets. Judith Resnick
A life-tenured position in a democracy is an odd thing. Judith Resnick
What is required in Muslim countries today is a jurisprudence of the state, which operates at the broader level of national and societal interests. Humam Hamoudi
When justice is done for symbolic reasons, then all of us are in trouble…. Symbolic justice is not what a verdict should be about. Reid Weingarten
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 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
Exigencies render the prohibited as lawful Anonymous
The law is not so much carved in stone as it is written in water, flowing in and out with the tide Jeff Melvoin
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
… whenever a Judge or Justice of any Federal Court has reached the age of seventy and does not avail himself of the opportunity to retire on a pension, a new member shall be appointed by the President then in office, with the approval, as required by the Constitution, of the Senate of the United States. Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the last four years the sound rule of giving statutes the benefit of all reasonable doubt has been cast aside. The Court has been acting not as a judicial body, but as a policy-making body…. Judges who will bring to the Courts a present-day sense of the Constitution - Judges who will retain in the Courts the judicial functions of a court, and reject the legislative powers which the courts have today assumed. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A corporation, we have held, is not a "citizen," within the meaning of the privileges and immunities clause … But a corporation is a "person" within the meaning of the equal protection and due process of law clauses. George Sutherland
The appropriate relation of the exercise of constitutional power to the legitimate objects of that power is always a subject of judicial scrutiny. Charles Evans Hughes
One man’s exile is but a drop in the sea of human misery Lucius Annaeus Seneca
An opinion which is . . . to establish a principle never before recognized, should be expressed in plain and explicit terms. John Marshall
The doctrine of states’ rights was itself a sound and true doctrine; as a starting point of American history and constitutional law there is no other which will bear a moment’s examination . . . its prostitution to the base uses of the slave power was one of those unfortunate enlargements which often perturb and mislead history Henry Adams
Remember, that his duty and his business is, not to make the law but to interpret and apply it James Wilson
Though in many other countries everything is left in the breast of the Judge to determine, yet with us he is only to declare and pronounce, not to make or new-model the law. William Blackstone
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
The judges’ individual sense of justice . . . might result in a benevolent despotism if the judges were benevolent men. [But] It would put an end to the reign of law Benjamin N. Cardozo
Let the Negro have the shield of impartial laws. Let him be heard in court Charles Sumner
My colleagues have learned to respect nothing but evidence, and to believe that their highest duty lies in submitting to it, however it may jar against their inclinations. Thomas Huxley
The authority of all religious courts is conditioned on the religious or ethnic membership of those involved in the matter…. if one of the parties does not belong to the same religion as that governed by the religious court, then the court does not have judicial authority Aharon Barak
We are not the masters of our own destiny as far as our case load is concerned. Anthony Kennedy
In the criminal justice system, the law-abiding citizen comes first. Tony Blair
The function of government is to direct the physical and moral powers of the nation toward the end for which the commonwealth has come into being. Maximilien Robespierre
I cannot possibly understand how fraternity can be legally enforced without liberty being legally destroyed Frederic Bastiat
Are all the laws to go unexecuted and the government itself go to pieces, lest civil liberties be violated? Abraham Lincoln
Knowing as we do that American laws were not enacted for the Indian, it would be tyrannical and unjust to declare Oshkosh a malicious offender against rules which the same laws presume he could not have previously known. James D. Doty
Anyone and everyone eventually confesses under torture. Peter Maguire
Criminals are punished, that others may be deterred. Italian Proverb
Hell and the law courts are always open. Italian Proverb
Only lawyers and painters can turn white to black. Japanese Proverb
We don’t intend to let [Ireland] default from the rule of law at the behest of ruthless conspiracy. The disrespect for law rooted there tends to spread like a cancer to other places. I will take the sternest measures to stop the spread of that cancer elsewhere... William Whitelaw
Canada's top judges have become the supreme rulers of the land, and that has turned the [Supreme Court justice] selection process into a back-room brawl between competing interests. Joe Woodard
It is best that laws should be so constructed as to leave as little as possible to the decision of those who judge. Aristotle
With these raids the backbone of the radical movement in America is broken. A. Mitchell Palmer
The minute the law is devised, its evasion is contrived. Portuguese Proverb
Kings have long arms. Portuguese Proverb
If you would be a good judge, hear what every one says. Portuguese Proverb
Laws go where money pleases. Portuguese Proverb
Individual enterprise must drive us forward. That does not mean we are to return to the old and selfish notions of laissez-faire. The functions of the State will be much more than merely keeping the ring within which the competitors will fight. Our social and industrial laws will be increased. There will be more law, not less; more control, not less. Robert Menzies
Wherever Plenty’s crop invites Our pitiful brigades, Lurk cannoneers of Vested Rights, Juristic ambuscades; Bernard O'Dowd
International law only exists in textbooks on international law. Ashley Montague; Israel Ehrenberg
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws that cannot be enforced. 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
You can’t pass enough laws to stop customers from seeking and expecting value. Lee Scott
Who punishes one threatens a hundred. French Proverb
Judges are not politicians who can promise things in exchange for support. John Roberts
In the ordinary and low sense which we attach to the words "partisan" and "politician," a judge of the supreme court should be neither. But in the higher sense ... he is not in my judgment fitted for the position unless he is a party man, a constructive statesman ... keeping in mind his relations with his fellow statesmen in other branches of government. 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
It would depend on whether a judge of the Supreme Court came down heads or tails. Theodore Roosevelt
Law is largely crystallized custom. 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
I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol… Oscar Wilde
Albania under law is the motto that leads our vision. Sali Berisha
No war, foreign or domestic, is a sufficient reason for shutting up the courts … The shutting up of the courts is an abdication, a total dissolution of government …. James Otis
We cannot continue to claim that we are a nation of laws and not of men if our laws and, indeed, even the Constitution of the United States itself, may be summarily breached because of some determination of expediency or because the President says “trust me.” Robert Byrd
Let the prisoners in the jails pick the fruit in place of illegal farm worker immigrants. Dana Rohrabacher
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 standards of the past are not the standards of the future. Charles Swift
There is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers. Alexander Hamilton
It's a good process. It takes a while, and it should. Life tenure is one of our most important safeguards.... I want to make impeachment as our founders had in mind—very difficult. Don Edwards
Open rules! Open standards! Open findings! Open precedents! Kenneth Culp Davis
It is better to be subject to the Laws under one Master, than to be subservient to many. Catherine II
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
Man shall be judged by his Peers and Equals. For when the Fate of a Citizen is in Question, all Prejudices arising from the Difference of Rank or Fortune should be stifled; because they ought to have no Influence between the Judges and the Parties accused. Catherine II
The Laws ought to be so framed, as to secure the Safety of every Citizen as much as possible. Catherine II
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and I have been the targets of death threats from the ‘irrational fringe’ of society, people apparently spurred by Republican criticism of the high court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
We must be ever vigilant against those who would strong arm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into a dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends be avoiding these beginnings. Sandra Day O'Connor
RAN away from my House, in York Town, the 14th of November last, a Negro Fellow, named Quash. He is middle siz'd, about 27 Years old, speaks very good English, has small Eyes, and has lost the great Toe of his right Foot: He had on, when he went away, an old Kersey Wastecoat, a very good Oznabrigg Shirt, white Cotton Breeches, Yarn Stockings, and a Pair of Shoes, with Bath Mettal Buckles. Whoever brings the said Negro to my House, shall have Ten Shillings Reward. William Nelson
Laws go where money pleases. Portuguese Proverb
I can think of few plainer, more direct abridgments of the freedoms of the 1st Amendment than to compel persons to support candidates, parties, ideologies or causes that they are against. Hugo Black
The first duty of our Government to its own citizens and foreigners within its borders is the preservation of order. Unless and until that duty is met a government is not even eligible for recognition among the family of nations. Calvin Coolidge
If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law's protection most! – and listens to their testimony. James Baldwin
Does America really need 70 percent of the world's lawyers? … Is it healthy for our economy to have 18 million lawsuits coursing through our system annually? J. Danforth Quayle
I do not have faith in the Supreme Court because of all of its rulings against Jewish tradition and against religion. The Supreme Court upheld Reform conversion and gave a permit to opening shops where pork is sold. Eli Yishai
If the jury feels the law is unjust, we recognize the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by a judge, and contrary to the evidence … and the courts must abide by that decision. Simon Sobeloff
The jury has … the power to bring in a verdict in the teeth of both law and facts. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The English…continue threats to create, special courts to hear cases that have any bearing, large or small, on their interests... The setting up of such tribunals is a very serious violation of the law… A great sadness overcomes one at the thought that such a court could have been put in place by people who know anything at all about the rights of people and who live in the nineteenth century. Mustafa Kamil
Legislated law is not a material necessity. But rather a subjective thing that defines the way Europeans order their lives. They should not criticize us for our way of ordering our own. We have…our own Sharia… We are astounded when we hear foreigners complain about absence of justice in Egypt. Alexandre Seroufian
I don’t care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass. George W. Bush
Many think it is not only inevitable but entirely proper that liberty give way to security in times of national crisis. Whatever the general merits of the view that war silences laws or modulates its voice, that view has no place in the interpretation and application of a Constitution designed precisely to confront war and, in a manner that accords with democratic principals, to accommodate it. Antonin Scalia
It may be stated as a general principal, that public policy forbids the maintenance of any suit in a court of justice, the trial of which would inevitably lead to the disclosure of matters which the law itself regards as confidential. Stephen J. Field
If we [are] to fully discharge the serious responsibilities imposed upon us, the confidential character of our files must be inviolate. J. Edgar Hoover
A Committee of Investigation in South Caroline lately found a number of innocent persons in convict stockades. They were being chained, flogged and cruelly overworked Howard Association
Very cruel punishments are inflicted in some of the convict camps, such as scores of lashes on the bare back, for slight offences. Women also are brutally flogged. Howard Association
The consequence is that what is called "the Law of Nations" is a savage code. The world will never be civilized until there is an international court. Savages begin to be civilized when they submit their difficulties to their peers. Nations will become civilized when they submit their difficulties to a great court, the judgments of which can be carried out, all nations pledging the cooperation of their armies and their navies for that purpose Robert G. Ingersoll
This law forbids slaves belonging to different masters to assemble in crowds…. Any slave who shall have struck his master, his mistress, or the husband of his mistress, or their children, so as to produce a bruise or shedding of blood in the face, shall be put to death. Louis XV
If the husband be a slave and the wife a free woman, the children shall be free like their mother. If the husband be free and the wife a slave, the children shall be slaves. Louis XV
If any person shall use any language from the bar, bench, stage, pulpit, or in any other place, or hold any conversation having a tendency to promote discontent among free colored people, or insubordination among slaves, he may be imprisoned at hard labor not less than three nor more than twenty-one years; or he may suffer death, at the discretion of the Court Louisiana
If, at a public sale of slaves, there happen to be some who are disabled through old age or otherwise, and who have children, such slaves shall not be sold but with his or her children, whom he or she may think proper to go with. Louisiana
Taking such disputes of custody of children in a divorce before a secular court of law is something prohibited in Islam. Sheikh Muhammad Al-Ghamidi
In Islam, there is no such thing as rape between the husband and wife. Ebrahim Desai
The basic idea of defamation law is simple. It is an attempt to balance the private right to protect one's reputation with the public right to freedom of speech …. defamation law is often used by the rich and powerful to deter criticisms. It is seldom helpful to ordinary people whose reputations are attacked unfairly. Brian Martin
If you don't have much money, you don't have much chance against a rich opponent, whether you are suing them or they are suing you. Cases can go on for years. Judgments can be appealed. The costs become enormous. Only those with deep pockets can pursue such cases to the end. Brian Martin
...I have no resentment towards the man. If society were so constituted as to allow every man, woman and child to lead a normal life there would be no violence in this world. It fills me with horror to think the brutal acts done in the name of government. Every act of violence finds its echo in another act of violence. The policeman's club breeds criminals. Voltairine de Cleyre
Place all prisons near a high-road, where the suffering and disfigured offenders can be seen Manu
That king who pardons the perpetrator of violence quickly perishes and incurs hatred. Manu
Trustworthy men of all the four castes may be made witnesses in lawsuits Manu
Neither the king nor any servant of his shall themselves cause a lawsuit to be begun, or hush up one that has been brought before them by some other man. Manu
If the king did not, without tiring, inflict punishment on those worthy to be punished, the stronger would roast the weaker, like fish on a spit Manu
It is not a court, when sentence is passed by judge-bureaucrats who are dependent upon the authorities. In the Supreme Revolutionary Tribunal there are no jurors from the general public, there are only state officials, drawing their salaries from the state treasury, which is in the hands of Trotsky and other People’s Commissars. It is not a court, when the accused is not allowed to call witnesses in his defense. … This debauchery is being carried out in your name, Russian worker! Yuliy Osipovich Tsederbaum; Julius Martov
If the law were so simple we would not have so many 5-4 decisions of the Supreme Court Herbert Kohl
No one is above the law; no one is beneath the law…. No person in America is above the law and that includes the President and the Supreme Court…. Neither the President or anybody else can override a law that is Constitutional. Samuel Alito
The court that serves America should reflect America. Patrick Leahy
Executive detention of subversive citizens, like detention of enemy soldiers to keep them off the battlefield, may sometimes be justified to prevent persons from launching or becoming missiles of destruction. It may not, however, be justified by the naked interest in using unlawful procedures to extract information. Incommunicado detention for months on end is such a procedure. Whether the information so procured is more or less reliable than that acquired by more extreme forms of torture is of no consequence. For if this Nation is to remain true to the ideals symbolized by its flag, it must not wield the tools of tyrants even to resist an assault by the forces of tyranny. John Paul Stevens
It is during our most challenging and uncertain moments that our nation's commitment to due process is most severely tested; and it is in those times that we must preserve our commitment at home to the principles for which we fight abroad Sandra Day O'Connor
Until last year, the penal code was based on British law, now we are not British, we are Arabs. So why should we govern ourselves through alien laws? Hassan Turabi
I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them… Benjamin Rush
Jurors should acquit, even against the judge's instruction . . . if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction the charge of the court is wrong Alexander Hamilton
There has been no clearer principle of English or American constitutional law than that, in criminal cases, it is not only the power and duty of juries to judge what are the facts, what is the law, and what is the moral intent of the accused; but that it is also their power, and their primary and paramount duty, to judge the justice of the law, and to hold all laws invalid, that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive, and find all persons guiltless in violating, or resisting the execution of, such laws. Lysander Spooner
Another challenging issue facing our correctional system is the delivery of adequate health care services. As you know, the inmate population is very difficult to serve. Often people who arrive at our institutions have high health risk factors and have long neglected medical conditions. Ruth Ann Minner
We have become a society where litigation has overcome innovation. Michael R. LeGault
Laws do not persuade just because they threaten. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I do not think that reports should be subpoenaed anything close to routinely. Patrick Fitzgerald
Never trust police, FBI, or other agents…. there is NO law requiring you to talk to the Police, the F.B.I., or a representative of any other investigative agency. Army of God
The neutrality laws are among the oldest laws in our statute books. . . . Clearly they were not designed for the kind of situation which exists in the world today. Robert Kennedy
Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules ; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a bail game to see the umpire. John Roberts
Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason. John Powell
Two attorneys can live in a town where one cannot. Anonymous
When the guilty is acquitted, the judge is condemned. Anonymous
Amnesty—an act through which sovereigns forgive the injustices they have committed. Anonymous
Clink Anonymous
Custom is the best interpreter of the law. Consuetudo est optima legum interpres. Anonymous
Through organization of German labor on a national basis and reformation of our legal system by displacing the capitalistic excesses of the present laws [i.e. a written constitution] through German national legal principles [deutschnationale Rechtsanschauungen]. Anonymous
The great thieves punish the little ones. Anonymous
If there isn't a law, there will be. Anonymous
Strength in Law Kraft im Recht Anonymous
Law cannot persuade where it cannot punish. Anonymous
Man is born free but in order to live at all he must build himself a cage of laws and sit upon the perch. 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
Save Us From Our Protectors Anonymous
Where there are the most laws, there is the most injustice. Summum jus, summa injuria. Anonymous
The Supreme Court Has Taken God Out Of The Schools And Put The Niggers In! Anonymous
There is no clergyman who is not a cause-pleader. 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
Ancient custom has the force of law. Vetustas pro lege semper habetur. Anonymous
You can go much further with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone. 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
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
I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.... If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation. Abigail Adams
Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being. Brooks Adams
Good government is an empire of laws. John Adams
Penitence must precede pardon. John Adams
Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is therefore always represented as blind. Joseph Addison
You understand that, by making these records available to you I do not acknowledge that you or any grand jury have any right to records of the Vice President. Nor do I acknowledge the propriety of any grand jury investigations of possible wrongdoing on the part of the Vice President as long as he occupies that office. These are difficult constitutional questions which need not at this moment be confronted. Spiro Agnew
While Muslims in Muslim countries, are obligated to uphold the Islamic law of their state, Muslim minorities in the United States are not required either by Islamic law or rationality to uphold Islamic symbols of faith in a secular state, except to the extent permissible within that state. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani
The very word torture is a disgrace to the human race. Alexander I
What you do not wish others to do to you, do not to other men. Alfred the Great
I think crime pays. The hours are good, you travel a lot. Woody Allen
Drug people are the very vermin of humanity.... Occasionally we must adopt their dress and tactics. Miles Ambrose
Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness in an everlasting stream. Book of Amos
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
When people are this mean, there's no other way to deal with them. James Anders
I can hardly sit on the bench and restrain my indignation at the tyrannous methods of the Department of Justice …. More lawless proceedings are hard to imagine. George Weston Anderson
Truly I never thought of myself as writing legal thrillers, and I still don't think I do. I write stories about women. Lisa Scottoline
The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln
Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity. Nelson Algren
I write in longhand on yellow legal pads. Beverly Cleary
At Cheney's initiative, the United States stripped terror suspects of long-established rights under domestic and international law, building a new legal edifice under exclusive White House ownership. Barton Gellman
A lawsuit with no legal precedent, seeking no damages, from no jury, in the name of stopping something that isn't happening? Only in New York. Kenneth Langone
The kingdom of God is an order of government established by divine authority. It is the only legal government that can exist in any part of the universe. Orson Pratt
The most interesting legal philosophy is German, so naturally I went to Germany, particularly to Berlin, quite a bit. Philip Kerr
Just as TurboTax simplified much of the tax process, so has the colossally scary legal process been reduced to a kinder, gentler series of mouse clicks and 'Continue' buttons by LegalZoom, the online leader that has become so prominent in its market that it's practically a generic. Lynda Resnick
I contend the state ought to do its thing and provide legal rights for all couples who want to be joined together for life. The church should bless unions that it sees fit to bless, and they should be called marriages. Tony Campolo
After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. George W. Bush
Anybody who thinks talk is cheap should get some legal advice. Franklin P. Jones
We need to remain a nation that doesn't just welcome but that celebrates legal immigrants who come here seeking to pursue the American Dream. Ted Cruz
Many foreclosed homes are neglected or abandoned, as legal proceedings or other factors delay their resale. Deteriorating or vacant properties can, in turn, directly affect the quality of life in a neighborhood, for example, by leading to increases in vandalism or crime. Ben Bernanke
Tori's my legal name. My niece and nephews, they all call me Aunt Ellen, because I went by my middle name years ago, before I turned 18. Tori Amos
Look at liberty's greatest historic advances: ending slavery. Giving women the vote. Outlawing legal segregation. Each and every time, the people at the forefront of advancing those reforms - often putting their lives on the line - called themselves liberals. Rick Perlstein
When I read a book I liked, I would get a pen and one of my father's legal pads and rewrite it from memory as if I had thought of it myself. It was a clear sign that I wanted to be involved in writing, even if it was just pretend at that point. Jonathan Dee
The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens. Henry Miller
I've always been driven by the concept of equal justice under the law, but only the rich can pay great sums of money for legal assistance and that puts them at an advantage over the poor. Samuel Dash
Vigorous enforcement of copyrights themselves is an important part of the picture. But I don't think that expanding the legal definition of copyright outside of actual copyright infringement is the right move. Edward Felten
Once the attacks occur, as we learned on Sept. 11, it is too late. It makes little sense to deprive ourselves of an important, and legal, means to detect and prevent terrorist attacks while we are still in the middle of a fight to the death with al Qaeda. John Yoo
In legal practice, in the representation of clients, I have always felt deeply engaged, serene, and not all inclined to stand aside. I have always done whatever needed to be done, and have usually gotten my way. Louis Begley
They view massive immigration as a massive infusion of potential voters for the Democratic Party, and therefore will do nothing, absolutely nothing to stop that flow of legal or illegal entrance into the country. Tom Tancredo
Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent. Aaron Allston
From your confessor, lawyer and physician, hide not your case on no condition. John Harington
You cannot grant amnesty. If the American people see us granting amnesty they will never again believe in legal immigration. They will never again support it, and that's wrong for our country, bad for our future. Marco Rubio
The Republican majority will stop at nothing to prevent access to the legal system for those who are hurt. Joe Baca
When you do a studio picture, all the paperwork and legal stuff is already taken care of! David Twohy
Human-rights advocates, for example, claim that the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners is of a piece with President Bush's 2002 decision to deny al Qaeda and Taliban fighters the legal status of prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. John Yoo
However, there is no legal and legitimate state called Israel. Hassan Nasrallah
You need to find somebody who will speak the same language. We understand that we couldn't have any kind of discussion without permission, without a legal framework behind it. Anatoly Chubais
I did a little bit of acting - some guest spots here and there. I got a job working as a therapist doing individual and group crisis intervention and family therapy. I did that for two years. I left to do 'Boston Legal.' So my psychology career has been interwoven into my acting career, and it's my safety net and fallback. Meredith Eaton
It is imperative that when thousands of selfless volunteers respond to those who have incurred the wrath of a natural disaster that legal liability need not be hanging over their heads. Jon Porter
One of the good things about the public Human Genome Project is that the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health spent a part of their budget on the ethical, legal, and social implications of their research. Juan Enriquez
Unless you have a perception of who you are as a lawyer, you will never be at ease in dealing with legal matters, clients, or courts. But if you know who you are and why you're there, all you need is the expertise and the information. Samuel Dash
Every year, some 65,000 high school students - many of them star students and leaders in their communities - are unable to go to college or get a good job because they have no legal status. Gary Locke
I'm always writing something. There's always some structure sitting around someplace. There's always things on the computer, things scratched on score paper, legal tablets full of lyrics. It's never not buzzing around me all the time. I'm always doing it. J. D. Souther
If you spend five minutes with me or watch me try to balance my checkbook, you can only imagine the disaster I would make of anyone's legal issues. Greg Giraldo
But my humble opinion is, I'm not quite sure where I stand on the legalization of drugs - though, if tequila is legal, pot should probably be legal. Ted Demme
I did this within a philosophical framework, and a moral and legal framework. And I have been turned into a cartoon of the greatest villain in the history of lobbying. Jack Abramoff
I feel like there was justice. It was served through the legal system you know. Everything that I endured. It was all worth it. Amber Frey
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld. Saint Augustine
Make crime pay. Become a lawyer. Will Rogers
Legally speaking, the term 'public rights' is as vague and indefinite as are the terms 'public health,' 'public good,' 'public welfare,' and the like. It has no legal meaning, except when used to describe the separate, private, individual rights of a greater or less number of individuals. Lysander Spooner
It is curious that, with my somewhat antinomian tendencies, I should have gone to Trinity Hall - which was, and is, before all a Law College - and should thus have been thrown into close touch with the legal element in life. Edward Carpenter
The main bone of contention is whether Islamic injunctions are legal or moral categories. When Muslims say Islam commands daily prayers or bans alcohol, are they talking about public obligations that will be enforced by the state or personal ones that will be judged by God? Mustafa Akyol
There is international criminal organizations penetrating our southern based borders, and we need to do something about it. Secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with the legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages. Scott Walker
I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
It is not the role of Congress to decide legal cases between private parties. That is why we have courts. Jerrold Nadler
There are half a billion people that listen to music online and the vast majority are doing so illegally. But if we bring those people over to the legal side and Spotify, what is going to happen is we are going to double the music industry and that will lead to more artists creating great new music. Daniel Ek
Men's indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior. Thucydides
If I want to make political decisions, I should stand for election. If I want to do something in the legal field, that's different; that is my - they are my qualifications, but you know, the politicians are the ones who stand up there and are answerable to the people. Cherie Blair
When I was at 'Newsweek' magazine - which, you know, this really sounds like I walked four miles in the snow to school - but I started at 'Newsweek' magazine in 1963, which was before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. So it was actually legal to discriminate against women, and 'Newsweek' did. Ellen Goodman
After much deliberation, and after reviewing the legal, public policy and civil-rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that DOMA should be repealed. Bob Casey, Jr.
When I started law school I was shocked to learn that our legal system traditionally had the man as the head and master of the family. As late as the '70s and '80s when we were fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment, states like Louisiana still had a head and master law. Patricia Ireland
By incentivizing Wall Street players to sniff out inefficient or corrupt companies and bet against them, short-selling acts as a sort of policing system; legal short-sellers have been instrumental in helping expose firms like Enron and WorldCom. Matt Taibbi
With 'GoldenEye,' the franchise got locked into this legal fight. They couldn't make new Bond movies for about seven years. It was my first huge production. I figured if I did at least a yeoman-like job, it would be greeted as a complete revival of the series. Martin Campbell
The Florida Supreme Court wanted all the legal votes to be counted. The United States Supreme Court, on the other hand, did not want all the votes to be counted. Vincent Bugliosi
It is true that the aristocracies seem to have abused their monopoly of legal knowledge; and at all events their exclusive possession of the law was a formidable impediment to the success of those popular movements which began to be universal in the western world. Henry James Sumner Maine
Fairness is what justice really is. Potter Stewart
In this life and death case, I felt Mrs. Schiavo should receive the fullest due process from our legal system. Paul Gillmor
My feminism, as intended by me, extends to empowering women to make legal choices, not to judge the legal choices they make. My fight is for rights. Maajid Nawaz
To have a .cn domain, you have to be a registered business. You have to prove your site is legal. Rebecca MacKinnon
There is no more an enthusiastic advocate of legal immigration in the U.S. Senate than I am, and that is a message that resonates powerfully in the Hispanic community. Ted Cruz
I researched children's rights, divorce law, and parental kidnapping. Millions of children and parents are touched by the inadequacy of the legal system to deal with the human heart. Amity Gaige
Class action lawsuits are an important part of our legal system. All citizens should have the right to band together and settle grievances with bigger companies, but that system is broken and it needs fixing. Thomas Carper
We should make it as easy as possible to be able to get a legal work visa - not citizenship, not a green card. Just a work visa, with a background check and a Social Security card so that applicable taxes would get paid. Gary Johnson
We've got fifty people at Gitmo that are too dangerous to be let go that will never go through a normal criminal trial. Let's create a new legal system, so they'll have their day in court. Lindsey Graham
Testimony should be a philosophical problem and not limited to legal or historical contexts where it refers to the account of a witness who reports what he has seen. Paul Ricoeur
I do not believe abortion should be legal. Herman Cain
There are several authors who are also lawyers - and not only the ones who write legal thrillers. There are other attorneys who write romantic fiction, and I know of at least one who writes young adult books. Candace Camp
I wouldn't pretend to tell you we don't pay our lawyers well. Jay Alan Sekulow
In America, to be ID'd - sorted, tagged, and permanently filed - is to lose a bit of one's soul. To die a little. This sounds like a subtle, poetic notion. It's not. In American legal and cultural tradition, one essential privilege of citizenship is not having to prove it on demand. Walter Kirn
We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries. Nikki Haley
The longer you remain silent, the longer you don't turn over documents, a presumption begins to build that you're withholding something. That's human nature. That may not be a legal presumption, but that's a common sense presumption. Trey Gowdy
Let's create a legal system that can work. Sam Brownback
Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions. Abbie Hoffman
We have a legal and moral obligation to rid our world of nuclear tests and nuclear weapons. Ban Ki-moon
The Obama years will be remembered as a cultural - and legal - tipping point for equality for all people who do not identify as strictly heterosexual, arguably the civil rights movement of our times. The president signed the bill repealing 'don't ask, don't tell.' The Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the Supreme Court. Charles M. Blow
I used to brag that I can hold up any eviction - even if the landlord had legal rights, I could hold it up for a year. Ed Lee
With the death of bin Laden, it's finally time for Congress to bring back the pre-9-11 legal norm, before we decided it was okay to toss out our civil liberties if the 'bad guys' were scary enough. Aaron Swartz
I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn't want to have half my brain sucked out. Max Walker
All women, and men of color - we were owned like tables and chairs. We spent a hundred years getting a legal identity as human beings. That's a big thing. Gloria Steinem
The 'Total Information Awareness' project is truly diabolical - mostly because of the legal changes which have made it possible in the first place. As a consequence of the Patriot Act, government now has access to all sorts of private and commercial databases that were previously off limits. John Perry Barlow
The NSA has different reporting requirements for each branch of government and each of its legal authorities. Barton Gellman
I dealt with legal questions in the interest of Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP and its members during the difficult years of struggle for the victory of the Movement. Hans Frank
I wrote small stories here and there, then bigger ones. Some were even written for money. I signed up for a writing class and snuck my first assignment on a yellow legal pad in a partner's office while he read through my memo. Rachel Sklar
Britain's legal structure is basically the same as in feudal times: laws are written for the elite. Heather Brooke
It costs a lot to sue a magazine, and it's too bad that we don't have a system where the losing team has to pay the winning team's lawyers. Carol Burnett
While Texas women have the right to safe, legal abortion, in reality there are already very few facilities in Texas to provide this essential care. In 2008, 92 percent of Texas counties had no abortion provider. Wendy Davis
People spend so much time in their cars, and it's a legal way to have fun by speeding a little bit or testing yourself a little bit, and you get to invest in your car. For some people, it becomes their baby. Jordana Brewster
Companies shouldn't use the law to prevent consumers from doing something legal. Jon Johansen
I'm a hardcore libertarian - I want everything legal - but I also believe that you have the right to free association. Penn Jillette
I'm a child of immigrants. That is the history of this country. Immigration is good and important for our country. Legal immigration needs to really be modernized. John Barrasso
So the news that divorced fathers are to be denied a legal right to a relationship with their children, in the long overdue review of family law published this week, fills me with horror and despair. Louis de Bernieres
Yusuf Qaradawi is probably the most well-known legal authority in the whole Muslim world today. Feisal Abdul Rauf
The mental capacity of a person to make reasonable contracts, is the only criterion, by which to determine his legal capacity to make obligatory contracts. And his mental capacity to make reasonable contracts is certainly not to be determined by the fact that he is, or is not, twenty-one years of age. Lysander Spooner
Judges wear legal professionalism and precedent as a mantel that secures legitimacy for their decisions. It's how they distinguish themselves from politicians or administrative agencies, while wielding power that is sometimes much greater than those democratically accountable actors. Yochai Benkler
There's a misconception about Barack Obama as a former constitutional law professor. First of all, there are plenty of professors who are 'legal relativists.' They tend to view legal principles as relative to whatever they're trying to achieve. Jonathan Turley
Lawyers, I suppose, were children once. Charles Lamb
I have a problem with censorship by the lawyer - by legal people by the publishing firm, and I may be changing publishers. They don't seem to want to take too many risks with living people. Kenneth Anger
I write longhand on legal pads, about half at home and half in cafes. I drink a lot of water and eat a lot of raw carrots. Daniel Handler
I am very proud of the role I played in getting legal equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and in helping get rid of the prejudice by being visible about it, helping to block the conviction of Bill Clinton of impeachment. Barney Frank
The legal system in Afghanistan is very immature and porous. Lindsey Graham
I have a different approach. I don't file lawsuits because I really don't care. Nicole Kidman
Of all the questions I get asked as an undocumented immigrant in the United States, there are two - asked in various permutations via email, social media or in person - that chill me to the bone: 'Why don't you just make yourself legal?' And: 'Why don't you get in the back of the line?' Jose Antonio Vargas
A lawyer who does not know men is handicapped. William Dunbar
There are two kinds of games in economics. One is the game where people use only legal moves. Then there is the true game, the one like real life, where the strategies and moves people make, some of them contain illegal gains. Leonid Hurwicz
We do not believe voters gave President Bush a mandate to turn back the clock decades on so many of our legal protections. Ralph G. Neas
If I don't get enough sleep, my brain gets fatigued, and the voice suffers. If I'm doing some retail work and trying to read and record legal copy, I start sounding like I had a few too many the night before. Roger Craig Smith
I think it's pathetic that a court of law cannot be in a vacuum of the legal system, without the influence of the public threatening to do great bodily harm to people and property. It's really a pathetic statement for our country. Mark Fuhrman
God is the King. In him exists all legal authority. Orson Pratt
We all know how powerful the web can be for raising political money. Well, if you're game, the Duke Cunningham Legal Defense Fund is apparently ready to accept your donation. Joshua Micah Marshall
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
To some lawyers, all facts are created equal. Felix Frankfurter
Our church has been legal since late 1960s. I've been involved since 1972. I was ordained in 1975. Sally Kirkland
We support every effort to combat international terrorism through the formulation of international conventions and hope that the international community will take further steps to improve the anti-terrorism international legal framework. Li Peng
I still gamble, but it's all legal. I own horses, and I go to watch my horse. I don't go daily. Pete Rose
I like that original romance of having a pen and a legal pad and going anywhere in the world and being able to write a novel with just those two things. Alice McDermott
The events of the day inspired me to become a lawyer. Christopher Darden
So many times I've heard people say that the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples won't really change anything other than some legal and financial stuff. It's a dumb argument: those legal and financial effects matter. Alice Dreger
If we want to set and enforce a limit on immigration, we have to be willing to say no to would-be immigrants who look a lot like our own ancestors, not because there's anything wrong with them, but simply because admitting them would exceed our legal limit. Jan C. Ting
In the US, you even lose legal rights if you store your data in a company's machines instead of your own. The police need to present you with a search warrant to get your data from you; but if they are stored in a company's server, the police can get it without showing you anything. Richard Stallman
I have never wanted a family. I don't believe in marriage, though I obviously believe it should be legal for everyone who wants to do it. But it is not something I believe in, nor do the characters in my book, nor do any of my friends. Hanya Yanagihara
Every time a child's promise is cut short by their legal status, our country wastes precious resources and loses talent we need. Wendy Kopp
Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball. James Patrick Murray
All the libel lawyers will tell you there's no libel any more, that everyone's given up. Ian Hislop
The president, just as any other American, deserves a legal defense against personal lawsuits not related to his office. But the costs of that defense should be borne by him and not the taxpayer. Ben Nighthorse Campbell
I have been committed to carrying out my duties... in accordance with both the letter and spirit of all applicable rules of ethics and canons of conduct. Samuel Alito
By the fulfillment of my legal and moral duty I think I have earned punishment just as little as the tens of thousands of dutiful German officials who have now been imprisoned only because they carried out their duties. Wilhelm Frick
I think people should have the legal right to hurt themselves without fearing that they're going to get locked up for doing so. But on a personal level, if someone I loved was hurting himself or herself in front of me, I would, of course, try to restrain them. Chester Brown
I have a book coming out in September, for example, where the plot concerns counterfeiting, and I had to do a lot of research on that. Or on any legal matters, for example, I have to do a lot of research online. Evan Hunter
Reading a script is usually as exciting as reading a boilerplate legal document, so when you read one that makes you feel as if you're seeing the movie, you know it's something different. Tom Hanks
Each day, each one of us chooses not to do many things that would be legal but offensive to those around us. Ralph Peters
We should not blur the lines between legal and illegal immigrants. Millions of people around the world have gone through the process to come here legally and they followed the rules that required them to pay a fee, learn English, and learn about American history and government. Ken Calvert
But you can count the dead bodies from alcohol, tobacco, and legal pharmaceuticals by the millions. Jack Herer
There isn't much question that the person who obtained the WikiLeaks cables from a classified U.S. government network broke U.S. law and should expect to face the consequences. The legal rights of a website that publishes material acquired from that person, however, are much more controversial. Rebecca MacKinnon
I showed that privacy was an implicit right in Jewish law, probably going back to the second or third century, when it was elaborated on in a legal way. Norman Lamm
Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form. Wilhelm von Humboldt
It is essential to link enterprises on the basis of objective laws of a socialist economy and legal system. Samora Machel
One thing I know from personal experience, judges hate it when parties talk publicly about their cases. There are a lot of things about our criminal legal system that need to be changed, and this is just one of them. Prosecutors know how to play the press. Most defendants don't. Michael Arrington
I mean you might say he had a travelling post office, but also Barney was very, very active. He was a legal officer for the NAACP and they had a lot of problems after Pease. Betty Hill
There is no room for legal hair-splitting when it comes to the humane treatment of detainees - not in a nation founded on the rule of law and respect for human rights. Dick Durbin
I don't plan on going back to legal work. I wanted an international career, and finance seemed to be where some interesting career opportunities were. Nick Johnson
The acid test of any legal system is not the greatness or the grandeur of its ideal concepts, but whether, in fact, it is able to produce order and justice. Lee Kuan Yew
Being a justice. If you love law the way I do... you're given the job of a lifetime... you're permitted to address the most important legal questions of the country, and sometimes the world. And in doing so, you make a difference in people's lives. Sonia Sotomayor
Every neurosis is a primitive form of legal proceeding in which the accused carries on the prosecution, imposes judgment and executes the sentence: all to the end that someone else should not perform the same process. Lionel Trilling
For years, the Bush Administration eviscerated all the military and legal structures that were designed to separate the innocent from the guilty in the 'Global War on Terror.' Alex Gibney
King consciously steered away from legal claims and instead relied on civil disobedience. Constance Baker Motley
Today the people from my State of Tennessee would listen to this debate, or even talk about a reference to God on our money or in the Halls of Congress or in our Pledge and say, please, let common sense and logic win the day and prevail versus legal mumbo jumbo. Zach Wamp
If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable. Louis D. Brandeis
I think a child should be allowed to take his father's or mother's name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction. James Joyce
The Myth of Male Power dealt much more with the political issues, the legal issues, sexual harassment, date rape, women who kill, and those issues were very much more interfaced with the agendas of feminism. Warren Farrell
It is high time to compel man by the might of right to give woman her political, legal and social rights. She will find her own sphere in accordance with her capacities, powers and tastes; and yet she will be woman still. Ernestine Rose
Unfortunately, corruption is widespread in government agencies and public enterprises. Our political system promotes nepotism and wasting money. This has undermined our legal system and confidence in the functioning of the state. One of the consequences is that many citizens don't pay their taxes. George Papandreou
We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice. Sonia Sotomayor
And understandably so, that when you're in legal jeopardy, you really cannot put yourself in a position to open yourself up to the media. Monica Lewinsky
It is legal because I wish it. Louis XIV
I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money. Mary Roberts Rinehart
It's hard to have that debate around secret programs authorized by secret legal opinions issued by a secret court. Actually, it's impossible to have that debate. Al Franken
If somebody invented cigarettes today, the government would not legalize them. Loni Anderson
That's one thing I don't think people consider nowadays. They want to believe in the importance of marriage, boil it down to just a signature on a legal document. But that's exactly what it is. If not, why not just get married without one? Ariel Pink
I would expect illegal alien parents to take care of their children. If it means the kids go back home with them, that's what happens. If it means there are legal relatives in the United States that can take care of them, that can happen to. But I believe it's the parents responsibility to take care of the kids. Mo Brooks
As a legal matter, my mother is an American citizen by birth. Ted Cruz
There comes a time when a human being has to either face evil or admit to allowing it. Abortion is legal in the United States, but it should not be celebrated or used as a political tool. Viable babies are human beings. Bill O'Reilly
I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical, and legal bounds through the skillful use of words - and to thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent, or bend a truth completely out of shape. To that extent, we are all liars on numerous occasions. Sidney Poitier
I wish that there were more stringent laws to make guns sold anywhere that they're legal harder to get. Rosie O'Donnell
Whether we start with a provisional status and legal permanent residence... or we set up some other way to assimilate legally, you can't ever put in something that says, 'You can never become a citizen.' That's un-American. Jeff Denham
It is simply a fact that the birth rate of our illegal immigrants exceeds that of our legal residents. John Linder
I think my dad did legal work for someone who had a Packard Bell 8088, and they couldn't pay him, so they gave him a computer. I was initially not allowed to touch it, but that didn't last long. I started tinkering with it, and there were many times I screwed up the computer. Jeremy Stoppelman
I've become so earthy. And I never was earthy. I'm doing all kinds of different roles which are not at all like the intellectual and the legal mind of Ben Stone. Michael Moriarty
Sadly, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal in this country and has been going on at universities and research facilities for years. Mike Pence
As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation's economy and culture. Bob Filner
To play a lawyer and have one year of law school under your belt, you sort of know what you're talking about! I'm able to memorize the legal courtroom stuff a lot faster than I would have been able to otherwise. Jerry O'Connell
Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device. Lawrence Lessig
I propose that the government should get out of the business of marrying people and, instead, only give legal status to civil unions. Tony Campolo
Defining marriage is a power that should be left to the states. Moreover, no state should be forced to recognize a marriage that is not within its own laws, Constitution, and legal precedents. John Sununu
I've learned to accept the fact that my students are far too busy preparing for their own legal careers to care one bit about the off-campus antics of Professor Burke. I get the impression that my students are vaguely aware of my novels, but are at best mildly curious. Alafair Burke
Imam Rauf and his backers have every legal right to build their extravagant Islamic center within the lethal radius of Ground Zero. But the rest of us have the right to question why they insist on doing so. Ralph Peters
The more laws, the less justice. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property. Jean de la Bruyere
Every one with this writ may be a tyrant; if this commission be legal, a tyrant in a legal manner, also, may control, imprison, or murder any one within the realm. James Otis
A married woman has the same right to control her own body as does an unmarried woman. Sol Wachtler
Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. Ayn Rand
Legal behavior is not incompatible with rational, self-interested behavior. Leonid Hurwicz
A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit. George Herbert
People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide. Will Rogers
If the expansion of a global legal regime for communication technologies gains traction, the effects to the global economy as well as our individual liberties will be severe. Marsha Blackburn
We should all have the legal right to purchase health insurance from any insurance company in any state, and we should be able use that insurance wherever we live. Health insurance should be portable. John Mackey
Whatever the long-term legal prospects for same-sex marriage, President Obama's willingness to put the matter front and center in an election year can at least make him a candidate for inclusion in Kennedy's Profiles in Courage. Robert Dallek
Common sense often makes good law. William O. Douglas
We should be the pro-legal immigration party. A party that has a positive platform and agenda on how we can create a legal immigration system that works for immigrants and works for America. Marco Rubio
We have a legal immigration system that's outdated, it's primarily based on whether you have family members living here. In the 21st century, it has to be more of a merit-based system, and that is why our legal immigration system is in need of modernization. Marco Rubio
Though every legal task demands this skill, it is especially important in the effort to frame public policy in a way that is properly responsive to human needs and predicaments. The question is always: How will the general rule work in practice? Elliot Richardson
So my own suspicion is that the attorney has stopped this prosecution because part of her defence was to question legality and that would have brought his advice into the public domain again and there was something fishy about the way in which he said war was legal. Clare Short
The United States has an unfair advantage, as most of the popular cloud services, search engines, computer and mobile operating systems or web browsers are made by U.S. companies. When the rest of the world uses the net, they are effectively using U.S.-based services, making them a legal target for U.S. intelligence. Mikko Hypponen
The law has no compassion. And justice is administered without compassion. Christopher Darden
You know, my first three or four drafts, you can see, are on legal pads in long hand. And then I go to a typewriter, and I know everybody's switching to a computer. And I'm sort of laughed at. Robert Caro
There is no quick fix for illegal immigration. But only when we achieve better control of our borders and better respect for our immigration laws can we give meaning to the discussion we need to have over reforming the numbers, categories, and procedures for legal immigration into the United States. Jan C. Ting
Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer. Robert Louis Stevenson
For future Snowdens, we want to show there is an organization that will do what we did for Snowden - as much as possible - in raising money for legal defense and public advocacy for whistleblowers so they know if they come forward there is a support group for them. Sarah Harrison
I later spent... five to eight months in hospitals in New Jersey, always on an involuntary basis, and always attempting a legal argument for release. John Forbes Nash, Jr.
I've been working at performing for five years now. I've been working in Australia and Spain and England. When I was only 15 or 16, 1 was performing in bars; I could have had legal problems, but it's also the only way to get to know what music is all about. Andy Gibb
We want Israel as a democratic and Jewish state. So you have to maintain a Jewish majority, and you want to do that by legal means, by democratic means. Benjamin Netanyahu
History has shown us that, on extraordinarily rare occasions, it becomes necessary for the federal government to intervene on behalf of individuals whose 14th Amendment rights to legal due process and equal protection may be violated by a state. Michael K. Simpson
I'll occasionally go and do an honor like the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund because it raises money for a very worthy organization. Linda Ronstadt
I'm coming out with my line of shoes and my very first shoe is called 'The Nethia.' How we came up with the name is that my legal name is Linnethia and we shortened it. NeNe Leakes
In places where marriage's core meaning has been altered through legal action, officials are beginning to target for punishment those believers and churches that refuse to adapt. Salvatore J. Cordileone
There should not be a question of legal or illegal immigration. People came and immigrated to this country from the time of the Indians. No one's illegal. They should just be able to come. Linda Ronstadt
I really am not going to get involved in a discussion about the legal position of the Iraq war. I am not the person to do that because I am not sufficiently impartial as a lawyer about this, because it's a matter that is of interest to the person that I am closest to in the world. Cherie Blair
However, we do not lack anti-terrorist laws. I do not believe that the recent London bombs were the result of any deficiencies in our legal system. Kenneth Clarke
Just as Josef K, the protagonist of Kafka's 'The Trial,' awoke one day to discover that he had become part of some unfathomable legal carnival, we, too are frequently waking to discover that the rules of the digital game have once again profoundly changed. Evgeny Morozov
State-sanctioned marriage is a civil contract, period. A contract is not a judgment of moral value. It is a legal agreement between two parties that testifies to a meeting of minds between those consenting entities. It is not a religious act or rite and so has nothing to do with Adam and Eve or Steve or even Harvey. Harvey Fierstein
On behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America - and our one million member activists - I am honored to be here to talk to you about what's at stake for women in 2012. I am proud to say that the Democratic Party believes that women have the right to choose a safe, legal abortion with dignity and privacy. Nancy Keenan
Opponents of legal birth control, including abortion, have tried for decades to play the race card, saying that legal abortion is racist. What they ignore is that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. accepted the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood in 1966. Karen DeCrow
You can't just lecture the poor that they shouldn't riot or go to extremes. You have to make the means of legal redress available. Harold H. Greene
A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance. Herbert Spencer
I've thought hard about my psychological connections and I think I've managed to separate out the psychological from the legal, moral, and political. Alan Dershowitz
If a president can enforce a part of a law and delay a part of a law, then does he have a power to not enforce any law he so chooses? If he can allow illegal aliens to freely run across our border, can he force legal citizens out of the country? Where would be the end of his power? Marsha Blackburn
As a private lawyer, I could bill $750 an hour, but I don't. Jay Alan Sekulow
Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages. Michel de Montaigne
Civil society must be strengthened to help raise awareness among people living with HIV, and those at risk, of their rights, and to ensure they have access to legal services and redress through the courts. Shereen El Feki
I mean, in some cases with libel laws, you know, they can write things about people who have no course of action, because they can't afford to take legal action against them. Elton John
The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries. Clarence Darrow
To have the opportunity to lead the Solicitor General's office is the honor of a lifetime. As you know, this is an office with a long and rich tradition, not only of extraordinary legal skill but also of extraordinary professionalism and integrity. That is due, in large measure, to the people who have led it. Elena Kagan
We are in the midst of an exciting canvass... I am working very hard in politics as well as in other matters. We are determined that Mississippi shall be settled on a basis of justice and political and legal equality. Hiram Rhodes Revels
When I was a prosecutor in Kansas City, my job was to fight for justice and safety for all citizens in my community. Equal access to justice under the law is an American value embedded in the fabric of our legal and political system - the idea that anybody, powerful or not, can have their day in court. Claire McCaskill
All of the legal defense funds out there, they're looking for people out there with court of appeals experience, because court of appeals is where policy is made. And I know, I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don't make law, I know. I know. Sonia Sotomayor
I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps. I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician, though I'm glad I am not any of these. Tom Glazer
Politicians are addicted to spending and revenue extraction. As with an addict, there's little pause for moral or legal contemplation. David Malpass
I couldn't swear that I believed in the law - or in the American legal system. Felice Picano
And Americans realized that native people are still here, that they have a moral standing, a legal standing. Dennis Banks
Most of what needs to be changed in the euro zone can be done without treaty changes. The demand for treaty change is as political as it is legal and I don't think it's going to happen soon. Nick Clegg
Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer. George Herbert
Experts said public companies worry about the loss of customer confidence and the legal liability to shareholders or security vendors when they report flaws. Barton Gellman
Botswana had three successive good presidents who served their legal terms, who did well for their countries - three, not one. Mo Ibrahim
Warren Buffett has shown you can be very, very successful without being rapacious, while still being honest, without engaging in constant legal battles. Guy Spier
While I support immigration regulated through a legal framework, I do not support rewarding those who broke the law to get here. Kit Bond
Unfortunately, what many people forget is that judges are just lawyers in robes. Tammy Bruce
Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage. Ambrose Bierce
Under current law volunteers who are not working with an official nonprofit organization are not covered by the Volunteer Protection Act. Therefore, there are absolutely no legal protections for the average American who wishes to volunteer. Jon Porter
The increasing legal pressure against archives has created anxieties among researchers, librarians, and journalists. They cite the need to protect sources who wish to make a record for posterity; procuring documents and interviews from those sources will be difficult if the fruits are only one subpoena away from disclosure. Jonathan Zittrain
I love the new legal immigrants; they want their kids to be safe just like I do. Lou Barletta
I actually don't have a view on whether someone watching certain material that may be legal in some places, but might be obscene to somebody else, can trigger a violent streak in someone. Killi Krupa Rani
I have been surrounded by some of the smartest, brightest, most caring lawyers, by agents who are willing to risk their lives for others, by support staff that are willing to work as hard as they can. Janet Reno
And books that were published in much larger numbers than Selfish, Little are hard to find. And publishers who wanted to publish my last few works have them stuck in limbo while new distribution ideas and legal issues and fears are blown away. Peter Sotos
President Obama has called for economic and political empowerment of women globally. The Equal Futures Partnership promotes removal of policy, legal, and regulatory barriers that hold women back at local, state and national levels. Lael Brainard
I am pleased to be part of Promontory's steady efforts to assist banks and other financial firms in meeting legal and regulatory obligations and challenges. Laurence D. Fink
If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Henry David Thoreau
The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known - that human life begins at the moment of conception and, therefore, is entitled to legal protection from that point forward. Rand Paul
Background checks, waiting periods, reports of transfers, and access to mental health records have not stopped the legal sale of firearms to legitimate buyers. Colleen Hanabusa
It cannot be said that the Constitution formed 'the people of the United States,' for all time, into a corporation. It does not speak of 'the people' as a corporation, but as individuals. A corporation does not describe itself as 'we,' nor as 'people,' nor as 'ourselves.' Nor does a corporation, in legal language, have any 'posterity.' Lysander Spooner
I don't think any business has to give up legal protections in order to simplify. The main consideration is that whatever protection, rights and remedies a corporation wants, they should be put in terms that are understandable to the consumer. Alan Siegel
I also urge the Obama administration - both on its own and in cooperation with other responsible governments around the world - to use all legal means necessary to shut down WikiLeaks before it can do more damage by releasing additional cables. WikiLeaks' activities represent a shared threat to collective international security. Joe Lieberman
I'm more married to Sandy now than when we were married with the legal document. We're still married as parents. Bobby Darin
A free and open Internet should not have to be weighed down by legal challenges - its dynamism is essential to our economy. Anna Eshoo
The ingestion of brain-altering chemicals - legal or illegal - cannot be categorized as good stewardship of our earthly lives. Salvatore J. Cordileone
Where there is a will there is a lawsuit. Addison Mizner
The legal principle placing the burden of proof on accusers rather than the accused can be traced back to Second and Third Century Roman jurist, Julius Paulus Prudentissimus. Yet, this ancient concept, which forms the legal and moral cornerstone of the American judicial system, is quickly being undermined in the name of 'national security.' Bob Barr
About 10 years ago, in an effort to gain a better grasp on McCone's world, I took up the hobby of building fully electrified scale models: first of the legal cooperative where she started out, and then of her own brown-shingled cottage, a pursuit that the more tactful of my friends label unusual, and that the more blunt refer to as obsessive. Marcia Muller
Even in the beginning, when we knew there was a legal argument about how much our song sounds like his song, as one songwriter to another, I wasn't sure that Cat Stevens would take that as bad. Wayne Coyne
Consular cards were not designed to be identification and no treaty recognizes them as such. Legal travelers, visitors and long-term residents carried passports, visas or green cards for that purpose. Elton Gallegly
We must make immigration a legal, orderly process to eliminate this issue, not further criminalize it. Jose Serrano
Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism - including, of course, legal despotism? Frederic Bastiat
I say the law should be blind to race, gender and sexual orientation, just as it claims to be blind to wealth and power. There should be no specially protected groups of any kind, except for children, the severely disabled and the elderly, whose physical frailty demands society's care. Camille Paglia
In high school, I discovered myself. I was interested in race relations and the legal profession. I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to be the most difficult of professions. Constance Baker Motley
All the legal action I've taken against newspapers has had a massively positive effect on my life and achieved exactly what I wanted, which is privacy and non-harassment. Sienna Miller
We have to get control of our borders. You can only do that if you make companies obey the law and not hire undocumented or illegals. They can only do that is if they have a Social Security Card that has biometrics so they know whether the person is legal or not. Michael Bloomberg
Torture, including practices like waterboarding, violates the legal and moral standards of all civilized nations. Jerrold Nadler
I have strongly rejected the proposal to pardon and transfer her to the United States. I do not have the legal power to pardon terrorists and even if I did, I would not use it. Alberto Fujimori
Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it. Addison Mizner
The Singaporean government, which represents legal migrant workers in employment disputes and claims of exploitation, requires that they stay in the country until the disputes are settled. If they leave, their claims are closed. Alan Huffman
When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce, and the Senate becomes incapable of either properly evaluating nominees or appropriately educating the public. Elena Kagan
It was also my idea that the advisory committees of the Academy should replace the legal committees of the German Reichstag, which was gradually fading into the background in the Reich. Hans Frank
The effort to blur the lines between Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib reflects a deep misunderstanding about the different legal regimes that apply to Iraq and the war against al Qaeda. John Yoo
As legal slavery passed, we entered into a permanent period of unemployment and underemployment from which we have yet to emerge. Julian Bond
Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught. Honore de Balzac
For centuries we have been living in the society where not laws but people ruled, where there was no legal state. Nursultan Nazarbayev
Lawsuits should not be used to destroy a viable and independent distribution system. The solution lies in the marketplace and not the courtroom. Don Henley
I support making sure that there are legal protects for everyone. Debbie Stabenow
Again, in Wag the Dog, war has to be declared by an act of congress. But if you go to war, you don't have to declare war. You're just at war and we did that, which is not legal. Val Kilmer
Everyone says you've got to do a foundation and legal structure to finance social change. What nonsense! Bill Drayton
In the early centuries of Islam, the great schools of Islamic jurisprudence were built upon the above principles. Basic to all their legal systems they developed the doctrine that liberty is the fundamental basis of law. Aly Khan
We got a little waylaid along the way. The whole problem started about 10 years ago with management and legal battles, then still trying to make albums while I was doing all of that. Pat Travers
Farming with live animals is a 7 day a week, legal form of slavery. George Segal
Justice delayed is justice denied. William E. Gladstone
I chose my pen name when I was ten, because I knew even then that my legal name would be more trouble than it was worth. Marie Brennan
It is just called Continuing Legal Education. You can go to lectures, you can even listen to tapes on airplanes - they want you to stay current. So you do have to stay current to maintain your license even if you are not practicing. Frank Shorter
The trouble with law is lawyers. Clarence Darrow
Every non-political human grouping of whatever kind, legal, social, religious, economic or other becomes at last political if it creates an opposition deep enough to range men against one another as enemies. Francis Parker Yockey
Russia has every reason to dispose of its nuclear arsenal... to suit its interests and international legal obligations. Sergei Lavrov
Of the judicial department of the Government, the Supreme Court is the head and representative, and to it must come for final decision all the great legal questions which may arise under the Constitution, the laws, or the treaties of the United States. Samuel Freeman Miller
Don't get me wrong: I can and do waste time on the Internet with the best of them, but in some respects, I am an embarrassingly analog guy. I am not on Facebook. I write whole books on yellow legal pads. I do not own a cell phone. Jonathan Dee
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. Robert G. Ingersoll
Well, I think the great tragedy in American politics is what is legal, not what is illegal. Jack Abramoff
When I'm sitting at the desk not being able to write line one, it's silence and despair! It's not so easy to put the pen to the legal pad or type the first sentence on the computer screen. Erica Jong
U.S. intelligence has the legal right to monitor foreign communications as they go through to U.S. service providers. However, even though something is legal doesn't make it right. I'm not American; I don't really care about what data is being collected about American citizens. I'm worried about us, the foreigners. Mikko Hypponen
Words without deeds violates the moral and legal obligation we have under the genocide convention but, more importantly, violates our sense of right and wrong and the standards we have as human beings about looking to care for one another. Jon Corzine
Gay marriage is the last bastion of, to me... as a legal, ceremonial, sentimental and religious side, it's one of the last steps. Retaining your job being one of the earlier steps, like, not getting kicked out of your job because you're gay. Gus Van Sant
I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. Martin Luther King Jr.
Moreover, from reforming the tax code to our immigration system, to commonsense legal reform, President Bush put America on notice that he will continue fighting to make the country, and the world, a better place for future generations. Jim Sensenbrenner
Cagey trial lawyers have figured out there's a pretty good likelihood their case - no matter what its merit - will literally get its day in court because of favorable judges. Dennis Hastert
Legal abortion will never rest easy on this nation's conscience. Robert Casey
What we bring to the table is not only our 56 field offices in the United States and our number of resident agencies, but also we have 45 legal attaches overseas. Robert Mueller
People do not win people fights. Lawyers do. Norman Ralph Augustine
People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous. Edmund Burke
Catholicism is a wide tent in terms of political and legal positions. We could have nine Catholics on the Supreme Court and a great deal of diversity toward the law. Cass Sunstein
There's been so much corruption and so much cronyism in the taxi industry and so much regulatory capture, that if you ask for permission upfront for something that's already legal, you'll never get it. Travis Kalanick
I do try very hard to develop themes that are easily understood and that, hopefully, will paint vivid images of the legal principles and implications of the ruling that will stick in the Justices' heads and will help influence how they think about the case. Patricia Millett
Upon the Constitution, upon the pre-existing legal rights of the People, as understood in this country and in England, I have argued that this House is bound to revive the Petition under debate. Caleb Cushing
It is right to give every man his due. Plato
Together with a team of financial and legal experts I have spent months exploring all possible alternatives to bankruptcy but to no avail. Shane Filan
I'm trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer. Oliver North
These are people who haven't gone through the legal means to becoming citizens like our forefathers did. They want all the benefits but none of the responsibilities. Matt Dillon
So, I'm getting less chips, paying the same amount of money. Is that legal for them to do this? Julie Chen
I believe that President Clinton considered the legal merits of the arguments for the pardon as he understood them, and he rendered his judgment, wise or unwise, on the merits. John Podesta
One of the things I was taught in law school is that I'd never be able to think the same again - that being a lawyer is something that's part of who I am as an individual now. Anita Hill
It is not unprofessional to give free legal advice, but advertising that the first visit will be free is a bit like a fox telling chickens he will not bite them until they cross the threshold of the hen house. Warren E. Burger
It is already clear that, because of advances in technology, drones are going to play an increased role in warfare in the years ahead. It is therefore vital that the legal frameworks governing their use are robust and internationally recognised. Douglas Alexander
The Grameen Bank Ordinance with amendments up to 2008 is a beautiful legal structure for the fulfillment of the ideals and objectives of the bank. Any change in this structure will be devastating for the bank. Muhammad Yunus
Recently a study proved that working from a larger, less cluttered computer screen increases concentration. I could have told them that. And yes, I write first drafts with a mechanical pencil and a yellow legal pad. There's good reason for this primitive behavior: I am a crackerjack typist. My hand moves far more quickly than my brain. Stacy Schiff
Nearly every study shows that competition from cheap foreign labor undercuts the wages of American workers and legal immigrants. Lamar S. Smith
For families to access affordable housing, they often need legal representation that takes their side against abusive landlords. Nydia Velazquez
When I consider a problem, it is now instinctive for me to think about the institutions involved, the authorizing environment, possible coalitions, likely opposition, implementation, legal issues, resource dimensions, communications - and how the problem fits into a stream of other issues. Robert Zoellick
I think it's very healthy to use journalistic and legal techniques to investigate the evidence for and against Christianity and other faith systems. Lee Strobel
There are millions of people who consume music illegally every month. Just getting them into a legal service will make the music industry way bigger than it's ever been before. Daniel Ek
Every time anybody in Washington talks about legal status, amnesty, anything of that nature, it becomes a magnet that lures people in quickly into the United States. Louie Gohmert
Today, corruption has won and justice has lost. I brought corruption cases in good faith involving powerful people, and the political and legal establishment blatantly covered up and retaliated by targeting my law license. Andrew Thomas
Taste cannot be controlled by law. Thomas Jefferson
People have always heard voices. Sometimes they're called shamans, sometimes they're called mad, and sometimes they're called fiction writers. I always feel lucky that I live in a culture where fiction writing is legal and not seen as pathology. Ruth Ozeki
I have built my organization upon fear. Al Capone
I've led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I've learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide. Elena Kagan
My dream is to reform the legal system over the next 20 years. David Eagleman
If Moses had gone to Harvard Law School and spent three years working on the Hill, he would have written the Ten Commandments with three exceptions and a saving clause. Charles Morgan
I'd worked in the state senate in college and seen how important legal decisions were. And at the last minute, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison said, 'Why don't you come do an internship?' That turned into almost 15 years in the government, in the White House, and at the State Department. Dina Powell
Wills are trumped by legal titles to real estate or beneficiary designations on financial accounts, retirement plans and insurance policies. Jean Chatzky
Mrs. Parks' act of brave defiance rocked the foundation of American society and inspired generations of civil rights leaders and created a sense of hope for every American facing legal discrimination in this country. Kendrick Meek
I've learned that most of gay America is coupled up, or looking to be. No wonder gay marriage has such traction. So many of us are already in it, so of course we want the legal benefits. Bruce Vilanch
I wish the government and the Minister of Justice would address these legal and constitutional arguments, but they refuse to. They want Canadians to go blindly into their brave new world, but it is not wise for a society to move blindly in any direction. Stockwell Day
My first winner was on Legal Steps, in Ireland, at Thurles, in March 1992. I rode for Jim Bolger, and his stable jockey was Christy Roche. Tony McCoy
I hope gay marriage will be legal in every state. Mark Consuelos
I have written about the dispossessed, immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy the same legal rights as men, the Palestinians who are deprived of their land and condemned to exile. Tahar Ben Jelloun
I think we Americans, of all people, understand the importance of a good, legal, constitutional framework as the basis of political life. Paul Bremer
In the Brown decision, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down the legal and moral footing of racially segregated public education in this country. Bobby Scott
I do have two data identities. I have my name, Bruce Sterling, which is my public name under which I write novels. I also have my other name, which is my legal name under which I own property and vote. Bruce Sterling
Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects. Andrew Johnson
I don't have an issue with whether - from a legal standpoint, with whether or not government can impose the ultimate punishment on people. We do it in capital cases. Police officers shoot fleeing felons. Trey Gowdy
The good lawyer is the great salesman. Janet Reno
Let me remind you that nuclear disarmament is not just an ardent desire of the people, as expressed in many resolutions of the United Nations. It is a legal commitment by the five official nuclear states, entered into when they signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Joseph Rotblat
Nicaragua is a World Bank and International Monetary Fund designated 'heavily indebted poor country,' with little legal ability to control its economic future: Everything is for sale. And once Nicaraguans decide to cash in and sell their houses or farms, they have to look far inland for anything affordable. Tony D'Souza
She never envisioned a legal career for me, but she did think it was very important that I be able to support myself, and I think she would be pleased to see what has become of me. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I believe wholeheartedly in marriage. I don't exclusively mean a marriage with a legal contract, but any relationship that constitutes a marriage because of the quality of their relationship. Helen Reddy
In regards to The Haunting, people compared it to the old movie, which is unfair. We didn't have the rights to the movie. I couldn't duplicate a single thing because that would have been legal infringement. Jan de Bont
And they didn't have to get into a lot of legal speak or talk ER terms, they were real people. I think that's why so many actresses were attracted to it. And it was just about problems that you could identify with so much, right off the bat. James Denton
The only people who benefit from lawsuits are lawyers. I think we made a couple of them rich. Gavin Rossdale
On my first day on the set of 'Boston Legal,' I thought the director was calling me 'Candice' instead of 'Constance.' But I didn't realize he was actually talking to Candice Bergen. Constance Zimmer
We are led by lawyers who do not understand either technology or balance sheets. Thomas Friedman
Ten thousand pounds is the legal value of a negligently taken life, of a child or a parent. A cold and somewhat mean-spirited calculation: you would do better if you slipped on a paving-stone and broke a front tooth. Nina Bawden
Sport is increasingly played according to the tune, and rules, of those with the biggest bucks, whether their practices be legal or illegal. Martin Jacques
There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations. Edmund Burke
Not a problem kid or anything like that so when you're in the legal system like that, it's always hard on a person for the first time to go through some things like that. Leonard Little
Instead, California is one of only 10 states that provides in-state college and university tuition to illegal immigrants. That's grossly unfair to a legal high school student who moves out of California for a year, then returns to attend college. Elton Gallegly
The legal right of a taxpayer to decrease the amount of what otherwise would be his taxes, or altogether avoid them, by means which the law permits, cannot be doubted. George Sutherland
If they lose their legal basis for owning a .cn domain, would cease to exist, or if it continued to exist, it would be illegal, and doing anything blatantly illegal in China puts their employees at serious risk. Rebecca MacKinnon
I will do everything by apply with all the legal and apply with the rule of law. And the main important thing that I have to be fairness to everyone, not just only one person. Yingluck Shinawatra
Every generation gets the Constitution that it deserves. As the central preoccupations of an era make their way into the legal system, the Supreme Court eventually weighs in, and nine lawyers in robes become oracles of our national identity. Noah Feldman
The U.S. immigration system is the most generous in the world, providing each year more green cards for legal permanent residence with a clear path to full citizenship than all the rest of the nations of the world combined. Jan C. Ting
It is a sign of the times that the absence of meaningful ID requirements in many states leaves our voting process vulnerable to fraud and allows legal votes to be cancelled out by illegally cast ballots. Virgil Goode
We don't have a good legal justification for breaking up the banking system. But if I could wave a magic wand, I'd break up the banking system. Kenneth C. Griffin
It is impossible to tell where the law stops and justice begins. Arthur Baer
A duped newspaper or magazine could contend that a fiction-spouting journalist obtained part of his salary via fraud, and use a criminal proceeding to try and recoup that money. Given the profession's notoriously low wages, however, it's probably not worth the publicity headache and legal fees. No news organization has ever pursued such a case. Brendan I. Koerner
The job of the Attorney General is very specific. My roll, as the legal adviser, is to defend the constitutionality of the laws as they're passed. Jeffrey Chiesa
In recent years personal injury attorneys and trial lawyers have attacked the food industry with numerous lawsuits alleging that these businesses should pay monetary damages to those who, of their own accord, consume too much of a legal, safe product. Bob Ney
I've always said that at the end of the day, on a legal issue, I think a wise old woman and a wise old man are going to reach the same conclusion. Sandra Day O'Connor
Fifty percent of our country that we own, have all legal jurisdiction, have all rights to do whatever we want, lies beneath the sea and we have better maps of Mars than that 50 percent. Robert Ballard
The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years. Bernie Sanders
We don't need new laws that can be used by organizations with deep pockets and the ability to deduct legal expenses as a cost of doing business to intimidate individuals or organizations that voice legitimate concerns. Donella Meadows
I do think there's a difference between what a religious leader says and does and what a public official or legislator does. But there's no question that a lot of our legal underpinnings find a good bit of their foundations in the Scriptures. Bob Casey, Jr.
We're involved right now in some very significant legal battles and it would be the wrong thing for me to do to step out in the middle of those battles. Bill Scott
Everywhere among the English-speaking race criminal justice was rude, and punishments were barbarous; but the tendency was to do away with special privileges and legal exemptions. Albert Bushnell Hart
Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character. Robert E. Lee
I object to a legal approach when settling questions of science or scientific behavior. Serge Lang
The real violence is committed in the writing of history, the records of the legal system, the reporting of news, through the manipulation of social contracts, and the control of information. Bryant H. McGill
Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice, and they are also the most protected. Alan Dershowitz
I think the only way to behave is as if nothing is private. And then fight to make what you care about legal and acceptable. Douglas Rushkoff
Yahoo! had a choice. It chose to provide an e-mail service hosted on servers based inside China, making itself subject to Chinese legal jurisdiction. It didn't have to do that. It could have provided a service hosted offshore only. Rebecca MacKinnon
The situation around Terri Schiavo was a deeply held conflict over what to do if someone isn't going to return to consciousness or competence. Who will decide? Even there, where we had settled legal rules, we still had disagreement. We're torn about these things. Ezekiel Emanuel
If you desire information on some point of law, you are not likely to ponder over the ponderous tomes of legal writers in order to obtain the knowledge you seek, by your own unaided efforts. Felix Adler
Do not ghettoize society by putting people into legal categories of gender, race, ethnicity, language, or other such characteristics. Preston Manning
Relying on the face might be human nature - even babies prefer to look at attractive people. But, of course, judging someone based on the geometry of his features is, from a moral and legal standpoint, no better than judging him based on the color of his skin. Paul Bloom
Globalization is a great thing, but it needs a legal framework in which to blossom. Loretta Napoleoni
The Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin has a legal right to ride in a golf cart between shots at PGA Tour events. Man, the next thing you know, they're going to have some guy carry his clubs around for him. Jon Stewart
Mr. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that the Ten Commandments are a historical document that contains moral, ethical, and legal truisms that any person of any religion or even an atheist can recognize and appreciate. Cliff Stearns
The legal right of the Southern people to reclaim their fugitives I have constantly admitted. The legal right of Congress to interfere with their institution in the states, I have constantly denied. Abraham Lincoln
Alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs are legal, but they can hurt a lot of people. Ziggy Marley
Foreigners like me have no privacy rights whatsoever. Yet we keep using U.S.-based services all the time, making us a legal target for gathering and storing our private information. Other countries do surveillance as well. But nobody has the global visibility that United States does. Mikko Hypponen
The more expansive government is, the more perils people face in daily lives, be it from IRS agents or from child support services, or from other agencies that often have little or no legal restraints on their power. James Bovard
You can't solve a problem as complex as inequality in one legal clause. Theresa May
I don't know of many evangelicals who want to deny gay couples their legal rights. However, most of us don't want to call it marriage, because we think that word has religious connotations, and we're not ready to see it used in ways that offend us. Tony Campolo
The only people that should vote should be legal. Pam Bondi
I'm not sure I can say there is a clean line between me as an individual and me as a lawyer. Anita Hill
Italy advocates the adoption of a legal instrument on cultural diversity, guaranteeing every country the protection of its own historical identity and the uniqueness of its physical and intangible cultural heritage. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue. Society as a whole has complex issues to face here: private ownership vs. open source, and so on. Tim Berners-Lee
Disclosure of private e-mails from government officials has been a legal issue in many states. Bill Dedman
I miss New York. I like the country and I like the people. However, the U.S. political and legal system is prone to overreaction. Marc Rich
In today's Britain, the weakest among us are often assumed to be minority communities. In fact, the weakest are those minorities-within-minorities for whom the legal right to exit from their communities' constraints amounts to nothing before the enforcement of cultural and religious shaming. Maajid Nawaz
I write every day weekdays for about 5 hours, mostly longhand on legal pads. It has gotten neither harder nor easier, sadly or happily. Daniel Handler
Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
One thing I was thinking about is that they probably get their come-uppance about the same percentage that people in real life do. Basically, stealing for all practical purposes might as well be legal in New York. Mike Judge
I'm not a lawyer, and maybe I should have used more specific legal language. Sonny Bono
A national legal organization is giving very serious thought to using The Betrayal of America as a legal basis for asking the House Judiciary Committee to institute impeachment proceedings against these five justices. Vincent Bugliosi
When men are arrested without any legal basis and for political reasons, it's merely a routine, everyday occurrence in Russia, and hardly anyone has any sympathy. Alexei Navalny
In law, nothing is certain but the expense. Samuel Butler
The emphasis on the birth of Christ tends to polarize our pluralistic society and create legal and ethnic belligerence. John Clayton
So the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is out there preserving and fighting for, and sometimes winning and sometimes losing, the fight for First Amendment rights in comics and, more generally, for freedom of speech. Neil Gaiman
Socialism, reduced to its simplest legal and practical expression, means the complete discarding of the institution of private property by transforming it into public property, and the division of the resultant public income equally and indiscriminately among the entire population. George Bernard Shaw
The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on. Dorothy Day
All of my life I have stayed away from violence and the instruments of violence, and have seen a legal, democratic struggle as the only means to achieve change. Osman Baydemir
I've always thought legal addictions are a great way to create a business. Starbucks is a wonderful example. Nolan Bushnell
Learning to distinguish the illegal immigrant from the legal immigrant does not solve the problem of illegal immigration. Jan C. Ting
The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none. Andrew Jackson
When I became an entrepreneur, I had the knowledge to develop and manage budgets, market products and review legal contracts. Vivek Wadhwa
I think mistakes are the essence of science and law. It's impossible to conceive of either scientific progress or legal progress without understanding the important role of being wrong and of mistakes. Alan Dershowitz
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Barton Gellman
Part of doing mash-ups is getting the legal rights to use the songs. If you're going to do a mash-up with five songs, you should probably find 10 songs, because you're only going to get half of them cleared. It's a real collaborative effort. Harvey Mason, Jr.
I worked as a lawyer; as a member of the teaching staff of a technical college; and then I worked principally as legal adviser to Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Party. Hans Frank
We should have a path to legal status for the 12 million people that are here illegally. It means, come out from the shadows, pay a fine, earn legal status by working, by paying taxes, learning English. Not committing crimes and earn legal status where you're not cutting in front of the line for people that are patiently waiting outside. Jeb Bush
We not only have a legal obligation to honor our commitments, we have a moral obligation to provide the coverage we promised to provide to these people. Bob Ney
There will be gay couples; it will exist. It is not very nice that people who are married - who divorce in three seconds - don't want protection for the others. The legal system should protect everyone, not just the few people who think they are above everybody else because they are married. Karl Lagerfeld
A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman. Robert Frost
Since Franklin Roosevelt's leadership in setting up the United Nations and the Nuremberg trials, the U.S. has promoted universal legal norms and the institutions to enforce them while seeking, by hook or by crook, to exempt American citizens, especially soldiers, from their actual application. Michael Ignatieff
Legal documents have mistrust written all over them. It's unfortunate, but the human DNA is so tuned to kind of taking you for granted that we tend to protect ourselves legally. That's why I don't read them as, if I read them, I will go soft. To me, the human relationship is far more important than the professional bond I share with anyone. Karan Johar
Law is born from despair of human nature. Jose Ortega y Gasset
They seem to have forgotten that, and are back saying the only purpose of P2P networks is for illegal trading of owned goods. We claim part of the reason for P2P is for legal trading of what ought to be in public domain. And what is in public domain in many cases. John Perry Barlow
While there continues to be differences, the important point is that all citizens and elected officials use democratic and legal avenues for solving those differences. Boris Trajkovski
Once the Supreme Court in 1973 decided that infanticide could be legal, it not only ended America's 'inalienable right to life,' it threw the Golden Rule right off the shores of this continent. Michael Moriarty
My job is to interpret the law based on how the legislature and the court has done it and then, of course, to use our system of justice to develop some new legal tools and new concepts. Bill Scott
We have a legal and moral obligation to rid our world of nuclear tests and nuclear weapons. When we put an end to nuclear tests, we get closer to eliminating all nuclear weapons. A world free of nuclear weapons will be safer and more prosperous. Ban Ki-moon
We believe that government in Britain is there to protect people from terrorism and from the worst criminality, but never at the expense of our civil liberties and the basic tenets of our legal system. Charles Kennedy
Lawsuit abuse is a major contributor to the increased costs of healthcare, goods and services to consumers. Charles W. Pickering
The safety of the people shall be the highest law. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
There's no legal protection for cyborgs. In 2010, I started the Cyborg Foundation to defend our rights. Cyborgs have been kicked out from several places because they are seen as a possible security threat. I've been kicked out from places such as Harrods, Casino Montecarlo, and many supermarkets. Neil Harbisson
Daley may not feel a moral responsibility to eliminate discrimination but he has a legal obligation to do so. Bobby Rush
Does the imam have a legal right to build the mosque at Ground Zero? The answer is yes. But is it the right thing to do? The answer is no. And most Americans, and most moderate Muslims, join with me in that call. K. A. Paul
You win the modern financial-regulation game by filing the most motions, attending the most hearings, giving the most money to the most politicians and, above all, by keeping at it, day after day, year after fiscal year, until stealing is legal again. Matt Taibbi
While no Muslim worthy of his name would lose his respect for God, the Prophet Muhammad, and other symbols of Islam, he might well refrain from using legal prosecution or violent reaction to those who do not show the same respect. My basis for this claim is nothing other than the holiest source of Islam, the Quran. Mustafa Akyol
There are obviously legal restrictions on what you can do on TV in the States, as there are everywhere. Dave Rowntree
These endless legal challenges that define elections in New York are a joke in this country, and they are the reason why it is so expensive, or one of the reasons, it's so expensive to run here and why so many people decide not to run. Michael Bloomberg
Disarming Iraq is legal under a series of U.N. resolutions. Iraq is in flagrant violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Jose Maria Aznar
People talk of me as being the inventor of the legal thriller. Scott Turow
When then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued me in 2003 over my stewardship as a director of the New York Stock Exchange, the NYSE's legal expenses were more than $100 million, which made it perhaps the priciest litigation in the state's history. Kenneth Langone
I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament and that sacrament should extend... to that legal entity of a union between what traditionally in our Western values has been defined as between a man and a woman. Bill Frist
I don't even talk about whether or not racial profiling is legal. I just don't think racial profiling is a particularly good law enforcement tool. Eric Holder
I think the issue is that Americans traveling abroad if gotten into legal problems should have access to a fair trial and an impartial tribunal. Maria Cantwell
People read legal writing differently. When you're at the crux of a legal argument, every step is a step in the argument. The judge will see any holes. If you do that in fiction, it's too long and boring. William Lashner
So much business is based on the belief that we should do whatever we can within legal limits to make as much money as we can. Ben & Jerry's was based on values, and we try to operate a business that not just sells ice cream but partners with all our stakeholders - whether that's suppliers or customers - to bring about a more sustainable world. Jerry Greenfield
The American legal industry is a medieval guild in which the prosecutors, bar, and bench join hands to ensure that legal invoices are paid, no matter how excessive. Conrad Black
It was not possible to broadcast any of that because of an agreement between Jackson and the family. Our legal advice was that we could not broadcast it. Martin Bashir
I think a moratorium probably is legal, and we should probably for a short period of time impose a moratorium so that we don't permit any additional landfill permits for the time being, so we don't exacerbate the problem. Ed Rendell
None of the constitutional, legal or other principles bars me from returning to the judiciary, since the judiciary remains independent if the actors remain independent and fair. Khil Raj Regmi
Thanks to the Internet in general and social media in particular, the Chinese people now have a mechanism to hold authorities accountable for wrongdoing - at least sometimes - without any actual political or legal reforms having taken place. Major political power struggles and scandals are no longer kept within elite circles. Rebecca MacKinnon
The Elephantine papyri - written as some of the books of the Bible are being written - is true social and legal documentation, and to historians overwhelmingly powerful and moving, even when ostensibly about trivial things. Simon Schama
Are hackers a threat? The degree of threat presented by any conduct, whether legal or illegal, depends on the actions and intent of the individual and the harm they cause. Kevin Mitnick
I like to think I'm a pretty good-natured guy and pretty civil and probably not ever truly guilty in any serious way of any legal infractions. Gregory Maguire
I love immigrants. Legal, illegal - they're not to be despised. Mario Cuomo
The Patriot Act removed major legal barriers that prevented the law enforcement, intelligence, and national defense communities from talking and coordinating their work to protect the American people and our national security. Jon Porter
My U.N. five-point plan focuses on preventing proliferation, strengthening the legal regime, and ensuring nuclear safety and security - an effort that was given good momentum by the Nuclear Security Summit held in Seoul earlier this year. The world is over-armed, and peace is underfunded. Ban Ki-moon
Supercookies are legal, but I don't think they should be. Joe Barton
Things happened there that I don't think are the finest hours for anybody, whether it was a journalist, the legal system or, in that case of the political system, who would say that was an example of when Washington worked best. Rahm Emanuel
I was taught that a lawyer was supposed to be a custodian of the community's legal and ethical sense. Joe Jamail
Slavery, if it can be legalized at all, can be legalized only by positive legislation. Natural law gives it no aid. Custom imparts to it no legal sanction. Lysander Spooner
Though I had come into the world on 16 November 1922, my official documents show that I was born two days later, on the 18th. It was thanks to this petty fraud that my family escaped from paying the fine for not having registered my birth at the proper legal time. Jose Saramago
If you see how carefully I prepare for any kind of walk, legal or illegal, small or big, you will see that, actually, I narrow the unknown to virtually nothing. And that's when I am ready to walk on the wire. Philippe Petit
Well, when I think of steroids I think of an image. You have the advantage over someone, which is a form of cheating. I guess it wouldn't be right unless it was legal for everybody. Reason it's not legal for everybody is because it can hurt people seriously. Evander Holyfield
Americans have grown a great deal more realistic about lawyers and the law. I think that's all for the good. A lot of people will say to you these days, 'If you are looking for justice, don't go to a courtroom.' That's just a more realistic perspective on what happens in the legal process. Scott Turow
As legal residents, immigrants would contribute more in taxes, spend more at our businesses, start companies of their own and create more jobs. Immigration is not a problem for us to solve but an opportunity for America to seize. Jose Andres Puerta
I'm for the DREAM Act. It makes so much sense. Following the implementation of the DREAM Act, we'll have a case study we can point to where we can say that we provided a path to citizenship or legal involvement in the community for these young immigrants, and the sky didn't fall. Beto O'Rourke
The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb. Robert Casey
If an ordinary person parks outside another ordinary person's house for a week, it's considered stalking. If, however, that person is considered newsworthy, it's perfectly legal for paparazzi to do the same thing. Vince Vaughn
He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides. Charles Lamb
A lot of things that we cannot buy and sell in markets used to be totally legal objects of market exchange - human beings when we had slavery, child labour, human organs, and so on. So there is no economic theory that actually says that you shouldn't have slavery or child labour because all these are political, ethical judgments. Ha-Joon Chang
The first misconception is that embryonic stem cell research is not legal. The fact is, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal. Research on embryonic stem cells has taken place for years. Virginia Foxx
I would say that IQ is the strongest predictor of which field you can get into and hold a job in, whether you can be an accountant, lawyer or nurse, for example. Daniel Goleman
Therefore, if we are a Nation of laws and a Nation of immigrants, immigration should occur within a legal framework, not through the machinations of illegal schemes and scams that threaten our national security. J. D. Hayworth
Drones can be a highly effective way of dealing with high-priority targets, but they should not become the drug of choice for an administration that is afraid to use successful, legal and safe tactics of the past. Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr.
It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law. Thomas Hobbes
I would often find myself, at the age of 21, at midnight, running down a dark street on my own with 10 men chasing me. And the fact they had cameras in their hands made that legal. Sienna Miller
A good lawyer is a bad Christian. John Lothrop Motley
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do. Edmund Burke
While Taliban fighters had an initial claim to protection under the conventions, they lost POW status by failing to obey the standards of conduct for legal combatants: wearing uniforms, a responsible command structure, and obeying the laws of war. John Yoo
Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law. William Gaddis
In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. Lenny Bruce
In the U.S., you even lose legal rights if you store your data in a company's machines instead of your own. The police need to present you with a search warrant to get your data from you; but if they are stored in a company's server, the police can get it without showing you anything. They may not even have to give the company a search warrant. Richard Stallman
We have used the presence of UNMIK, as well as other European and American agencies to establish a legal framework compatible with the European Union and that is already an advantage. We have seen the positive effects of this and our parliament will continue to go this way. Ibrahim Rugova
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. Martin Luther King Jr.
Every name in a TV show has to be run by the legal department first. Gina Bellman
However saying that I totally support the concept of civil partnerships in the eyes of the law, and think it a disgrace that same sex couples have had to wait so long for legal rights, protection and recognition. Adam Rickitt
I come from a profession which has suffered greatly because of the lack of civility. Lawyers treat each other poorly and it has come home to haunt them. The public will not tolerate a lack of civility. James E. Rogers
Legal dialogue is awesome, but you can't ad lib. It's much more fun to be looser and say things like, 'Can I work in a Han Solo reference?' I'm a 'Star Wars' freak. Diane Neal
We knew that if the photos of CIA officers conducting authorized EIT (enhanced interrogation techniques) ever got out, the difference between a legal, authorized, necessary, and safe program and the mindless actions of some MPs (military police) would be buried by the impact of the images. Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr.
Russia has gone way beyond its legal powers to use bases in the Crimea. Jeremy Corbyn
We get information in the mail, the regular postal mail, encrypted or not, vet it like a regular news organization, format it - which is sometimes something that's quite hard to do, when you're talking about giant databases of information - release it to the public and then defend ourselves against the inevitable legal and political attacks. Julian Assange
The people and the mindset that killed 3,000 of our fellow citizens on September 11 2001, would have killed not 3,000, but 300,000 if they could have or 3 million or 30 million. We need to do everything we can within our value systems and legal structures to make sure that doesn't happen. Tim Pawlenty
I think that the proposed constitution is one of the European legal documents with the strongest social dimension I have seen since I began following European issues. Jean-Pierre Raffarin
It is not monogamy when there is one legal wife, and mistresses out of sight. Annie Besant
Torture is such a slippery slope; as soon as you allow a society or any legal system to do that, almost instantly you get a situation where people are being tortured for very trivial reasons. Iain Banks
Crime and legal stories, broadly speaking, are just where my interest happens to lie. William Landay
The Republican Party looks at massive immigration, legal and illegal, as a source of cheap labor, satisfying a very important constituency. Tom Tancredo
We don't want two-tier people in America. Those who are legal but not citizens, and citizens. Joe Biden
Some officials overseeing local water systems have tried to go above and beyond what is legally required. But they have encountered resistance, sometimes from the very residents they are trying to protect, who say that if their water is legal, it must be safe. Charles Duhigg
Many legal experts note that prosecutors regularly seek indictments of people or companies for destroying evidence or impeding investigations, even if they cannot prove other charges. Alex Berenson
Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. Potter Stewart
I remember being upset because I was finally legal to drink in Canada, and I decided to throw that all away and move to America, where I had to wait another two years. I came here to do improv and to try to join the Groundlings. Ryan Reynolds
When I was fighting, I would look to excite the crowds with a bolo punch or something taunting. Looking back, they were legal - but not sportsmanlike. I don't recommend another boxer try them. But we looked more to make the robot fights dramatic first and realistic second. Sugar Ray Leonard
The right to a trial is a core principle of the American legal system. Depriving Americans of these essential liberties undermines the Constitution while doing nothing to strengthen our national security. John Garamendi
Any new legal measures, or cooperative arrangements between government and companies meant to keep people from organizing violence or criminal actions, must not be carried out in ways that erode due process, rule of law and the protection of innocent citizens' political and civil rights. Rebecca MacKinnon
I have always been delighted when told there was a piece of fanfic inspired by a book of mine floating about. I don't read it for legal reasons, but I'm thrilled to know it's there. Someone cared. Someone loved it enough to spend their free time writing about it for free. Catherynne M. Valente
But if we get to the point where more people do not believe in a God than who do believe in God, we will have a hollow legal system - we will have something without heart. Lee Greenwood
Perhaps these Ten Commandments cases will be the turning point in the legal war against religion. Cliff Stearns
To force a lawyer on a defendant can only lead him to believe that the law contrives against him. Potter Stewart
Nothing is so unproductive as the law. It is expensive whether you win or lose. Gilbert Parker
If there are people who act outside the law, then the state must use legal means to impose law in the interests of majority. That's the way it's done in the U.S., and that's the way it's done in Russia. Vladimir Putin
Legal reform in Russia is a must. And I keep track of it daily. Dmitry Medvedev
My wife runs a non-profit that gives legal information online to victims of domestic violence. Marshall Curry
What I'm doing is writing stories about women who care about justice. They are women who think about the difference between right and wrong, what's legal and illegal, ethical and unethical, moral and immoral. Lisa Scottoline
The right of revolution, which tyrants, in mockery, accord to mankind, is no legal right under a government; it is only a natural right to overturn a government. Lysander Spooner
The legacy of slavery comes from the sustained political, legal and economic effort to link permanently an entire group of people to poverty - and to mystify that systematic disenfranchisement by making up something called race, which could serve as a distraction. Sarah Churchwell
You can't learn everything you need to know legally. John Irving
Punishment is justice for the unjust. Saint Augustine
I've always considered making it legal for Americans to import their prescription drugs a free-trade issue. Imports create competition and keep domestic industry more responsive to consumers. Chuck Grassley
I did this movie called 'Lymelife' when I was 18, and you know, it was the first time I was working as an adult, a legal adult, and that was a huge growing experience for me. Rory Culkin
Corporations are created by the people, acting through their governments. We grant them corporate charters that confer certain legal rights and privileges, like the ability to enter into contracts, limited liability and perpetual life. Jim McGovern
We need to let the referee's sole thing be to protect the quarterback and get those late hits out of there. They even have a stat on television that says 'knockdowns.' Knockdowns means that you knock him down after he throws the ball. The assumption is, if it's legal, we'll make excuses for them. John Madden
Hitler never abandoned the cloak of legality; he recognized the enormous psychological value of having the law on his side. Instead, he turned the law inside out and made illegality legal. Robert Byrd
Like all other law-abiding Americans, I fully support legal immigration. Ted Nugent
It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one. Voltaire
The Democratic Party looks at massive immigration, legal and illegal, as a source of voters. Tom Tancredo
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through. Jonathan Swift
There should be a path to earned legal status for those that are here. Not - not amnesty - earned legal status, which means you pay a fine and do many things over an extended period of time. Jeb Bush
In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that's called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country. Colin Powell
FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good. Felix Adler
Who most benefits from keeping marijuana illegal? The greatest beneficiaries are the major criminal organizations in Mexico and elsewhere that earn billions of dollars annually from this illicit trade - and who would rapidly lose their competitive advantage if marijuana were a legal commodity. George Soros
The job of the press is to speak truth to power. And yet, for doing our job, we are persecuted. I say that these aggressive and illegal tactics to silence us - inventing arbitrary legal interpretations, over-zealous charges and disproportionate sentences - must not be permitted to succeed. Sara Harrison
Driving at high speed where safe and legal is part of my life. As well as a higher top speed I wanted even better stability in my FX and that meant work on the aerodynamics. Sebastian Vettel
The work is challenging, interesting and an important part of our legal system. David Minge
We have allowed a situation to develop in which it is legal for a multibillion dollar industry to own, wholly and in perpetuity, the intimate and personal details of children. Beeban Kidron
In my role as Wikileaks editor, I've been involved in fighting off many legal attacks. To do that, and keep our sources safe, we have had to spread assets, encrypt everything, and move telecommunications and people around the world to activate protective laws in different national jurisdictions. Julian Assange
Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. Plato
We believe the use of force against Iraq, especially with reference to previous resolutions of the UN Security Council, has no grounds, including legal grounds. Igor Ivanov
I never thought I would live long enough to see the legal profession change to the extent it has. Constance Baker Motley
Every year Swedish society produces a new generation of threatened women who can testify to the lack of legal rights and the lukewarm interest shown by the police and other authorities. Stieg Larsson
Our country was thereby saved from the consequences of its distracting individualistic conception of democracy, and its merely legal conception of nationality. It was because the followers of Jackson and Douglas did fight for it, that the Union was preserved. Herbert Croly
Gambling is legal and betting is legal, for what I bet. Michael Jordan
In my book, I detail the critical information we obtained from al Qaeda terrorists after they became compliant following a short period of enhanced interrogation. I have no doubt that that interrogation was legal, necessary and saved lives. Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr.
I guess music, particularly the blues, is the only form of schizophrenia that has organised itself into being both legal and beneficial to society. Alexis Korner
Misery is the company of lawsuits. Francois Rabelais
Now a slave is not 'held' by any legal contract, obligation, duty, or authority, which the laws will enforce. He is 'held' only by brute force. One person beats another until the latter will obey him, work for him, if he require it, or do nothing if he require it. Lysander Spooner
Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns. Louis XIV
Of course, everyone in the New World is an immigrant or a descendant of immigrants, and immigrants have built America and continue to do so. Legal or illegal, they are almost universally good people who work to better their lot and that of their children. Mark Helprin
The legal difference between the sit-ins and the Freedom Riders was significant. Constance Baker Motley
Yes, there's such a thing as luck in trial law but it only comes at 3 o'clock in the morning. You'll still find me in the library looking for luck at 3 o'clock in the morning. Louis Nizer
My first ever sex scene in a movie was in 'Superbad.' Because I was 17, for legal reasons my mother had to be on the set. It was real awkward, but it worked out OK because when I watched the movie with her, the sex scene wasn't awkward because she'd been right there when it happened. Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Frivolous lawsuits are booming in this county. The U.S. has more costs of litigation per person than any other industrialized nation in the world, and it is crippling our economy. Jack Kingston
Sooner or later they are going to live in a New York City where gay marriage is not only legal, but it's common and they don't even notice. Anthony Weiner
I would like it to be a legal requirement for all businesses to be linked to a charity. Arabella Weir
Years ago, during a John Grisham phase, I tried to pinpoint exactly why I found Grisham's often predictable legal thrillers quite so comforting. The best answer I could come up with was the frequency with which Grisham tells us that his lead characters are sipping coffee. When it comes to food and drink, predictability can console. Bee Wilson
As a rule lawyers tend to want to do whatever they can to win. Bill Williams
If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who would have guns would be the bad guys. Even a pacifist would get violent if someone were trying to kill him or her. You would fight for your life, whatever your beliefs. Bruce Willis
They don't need a lawyer, they need a toastmaster. Edward Bennett Williams
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals. George Washington
Advertising is legalized lying. H. G. Wells
I remember when I took Quentin Tarantino with me to a very private screening of the documentary 'Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,' which shows some of the legal irregularities of his case. I was involved by the film, and it was an amazing experience to see people weep at the end of it. Harvey Weinstein
I support legal immigration. I don't support amnesty because it is not fair to people standing in line at consulates around the world. Heather Wilson
I support legal immigration. Heather Wilson
You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion. Hillary Clinton
Strictly speaking, my interest is not in legal rights for animals but in a change of heart towards animals. J. M. Coetzee
We need to be discussing issues specifically to help the American people. And that would not include illegal aliens. These are people - I'm for immigration - legal immigration. I've been an immigration attorney. But people who have come to our country and violated laws, we should not be providing full health care services. Joe Wilson
These are people - I'm for immigration - legal immigration. I've been an immigration attorney. But people who have come to our country and violated laws, we should not be providing full health care services. Joe Wilson
I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age. Johnnie Cochran
The factual reality is that the vast majority of immigrants - legal and illegal - contribute more to this country than they take out in social services. Juan Williams
I was studying to be a legal secretary when I was called to audition for 'Ken.' Kierston Wareing
The Chinese have always enjoyed gambling, and Macau is the only place in Greater China where gambling is legal. So I believe the government understands that there has to be a place for it. Lui Che Woo
I spent so many years in terror of 'making it legal' because the expression rang all too true - the wedding ritual struck me as nothing but a flowery front for the fulfilment of countless, tedious contracts and obligations. Lynn Coady
Considering all the legal hassle child stars can be, I won't be surprised when they are phased out by CGI children voiced by adult actors. Mara Wilson
My first girlfriend broke up with me on a yellow legal pad. After she picked me up from the airport one day, she took out a letter that her therapist wrote, and she read it to me. She and her therapists wrote a letter breaking up with me together. Max Winkler
When the FDA announced its intentions to join other countries and ban quinolone use on U.S. chicken farms, the drug manufacturer Bayer initiated legal action that successfully delayed the process for five years. Michael Greger
Taiwan gives a lot of foreign aid to Costa Rica, so it looks like they are basically buying the right to fish, even though it's not legal. Paul Watson
In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn't delineate between legal and illegal. Rick Warren
I write on big yellow legal pads - ideas in outline form when I'm doing stand-up and stuff. It's vivid that way. I can't type it into an iPad - I think that would put a filter into the process. Robin Williams
Since 2001, the Patriot Act has provided the means to detect and disrupt terrorist threats against the U.S. Prior to enactment of the law, major legal barriers prevented intelligence, national defense, and law enforcement agencies from working together and sharing information. Roger Wicker
Embryonic stem cell research is legal in America, and nothing in the administration's current policy affects that legality; 400 lines are currently being used to conduct embryonic stem cell research, both in the private sector and by the Federal Government. Roger Wicker
I'm sauteing asparagus, Brussels sprouts,broccoli, some boneless, skinless chicken breast, some halibut. That's about it; that's all I'm allowed. That's what's legal for me to saute. Ron Funches
When I was 27 years old, I organized legal aid clinics to help low-income seniors. It was a life-altering experience. Ron Wyden
It is hard to see Judge Roberts as a judicial activist who would place ideological purity or a particular agenda above or ahead the need for thoughtful legal reasoning. Ron Wyden
At the Norman Invasion, the Saxon thanes were themselves humbled in turn; the manors were given a more legal character and transferred to favourites of William the Conqueror. Sabine Baring-Gould
As for lawyers, it's more fun to play one than to be one. Sam Waterston
I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five. Steven Wright
I have more than 100 legal pads filled with handwriting. Eight novels, two books for children, countless stories and essays. Susan Straight
In countries with a properly functioning legal system, the mob continues to exist, but it is rarely called upon to mete out capital punishment. The right to take human life belongs to the state. Not so in societies where weak courts and poor law enforcement are combined with intractable structural injustices. Teju Cole
We stand for free speech. This means we are not going to ban distasteful subreddits. We will not ban legal content even if we find it odious or if we personally condemn it. Yishan Wong