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  • The law is a trade secret and the public process a business owned and operated by the legal profession.
  • In America you are innocent until you run out of money.
    • Patrick Eberhart
  • Technology is a sprinter, the law is a marathon runner.
    • A.K.T. Rex
  • There is no jewel in the world comparable to learning; no learning so excellent as knowledge of laws.
  • The law is what it is - a majestic edifice, sheltering all of us, each stone of which rests on another.
  • Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalized medium of reason, that's all we have standing between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feeling.
    • Justice Felix Frankfurter.
  • If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.
  • Instead of the law serving the people, it is the people that serve the law.
  • Legislate in haste, repent at leisure.
    • proverb
  • No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time.
  • So you think the police foresees and knows everything. The police invents more than it discovers.
  • A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
  • Executing a murderer is the only way to adequately express our horror at the taking of an innocent life. Nothing else suffices. To equate the lives of killers with those of victims is the worst kind of moral equivalency. If capital punishment is state murder, then imprisonment is state kidnapping and restitution is state theft.
    • Don Feder
  • It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to protect a citizen from himself.
    • Justice Casey Percell
  • More laws can't make us safe from the tragedies that are the inevitable result of freedom, and of living around other people. Life is real, life is uncertain, life is inevitably unsafe. Measures to make it safe at all costs come with dangers of their own.
    • Brian Doherty
  • There are no good laws except simple laws.
    • Chrétien de Malesherbes (1775)
  • No brilliance is required in law, just common sense and relatively clean fingernails.
  • Morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart but they can restrain the heartless.
  • Land is built by law.
    • Old Swedish Law book
  • Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.
  • If a law is unjust, we owe it to our children to disobey.
  • Let all the laws be clear, uniform and precise. To interpret laws is almost always to corrupt them.
  • Tis much more prudence to acquit two persons, though actually guilty, than to pass sentence of condemnation on one that is virtuous and innocent.
  • Prisoner: I want to ask whether it is likely —
    Arabin: We have nothing to do with what is likely or unlikely: so many unlikely things happen in courts of justice that public time must not be wasted on such enquiries.
    • Commissioner Serjeant William Arabin, quoted by Stephen Tumim in Great Legal Fiascos, page 115.
    • Arabin's surreal absurdities from the bench at the Old Bailey in the early 1800s made him a cult figure among young barristers.