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  • dave
    Subject: quotes on law and jury If a juror accepts as the law that which the judge states then that juror has accepted the exercise of absolute authority of a
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      "If a juror accepts as the law that which the judge states then that
      juror has accepted the exercise of absolute authority of a government
      employee and has surrendered a power and right that once was the
      citizen's safeguard of liberty, -- For the saddest epitaph which can
      be carved in the memory of a vanished liberty is that it was lost
      because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while
      yet there was time." -- George Sutherland, (1862-1942) U. S. Supreme
      Court Justice
      Source: 2 ELLIOT'S DEBATES, 94, BANCROFT, HISTORY OF THE
      CONSTITUTION, p.267, 1788.

      "If the jurors feels that the statute (law) involved in any criminal
      offence is unfair, all that it infringes upon the defendant's natural
      G-d-given unalienable or Constitutional Rights, then it is his duty
      to affirm that the offending statute is really no law at all and that
      the violation of it is no crime at all - for no-one is found to obey
      an unjust law". -- Harlan F. Stone, 12th Chief Justice U.S. Supreme
      Court

      "We must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great
      principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint
      inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna
      Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, Trial by Jury, and the
      English common law, find their most famous expression in the American
      Declaration of Independence." -- Winston Churchill, (1874-1965) Prime
      Minister of the United Kingdom, Source: To Westminster College,
      Fulton, Missouri, 1946
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