Perspectives on Law and Justice

 The Bible.  Book of Genesis                                                                                                 God resolved to destroy the city of Sodom for the sins of its people. “Abraham drew near, and said;                                                                                                                                        “Will you consume the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it? … What if ten are found there?”                                                                                       The Lord said;                                                                                                                                   “I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake.”


Extract from “ A Man for all seasons”                                                                           Alice: “While you talk, he’s gone!”
                                                                                        Thomas More: “And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law!”
           Roper: “So now you’d give the Devil benefit of the law!”
                                                      Thomas More:  “Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?”                                                                                                                                   
Roper: “I’d cut down every law in England to do that!”
                                                       Thomas More: “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you – where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? The country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast – Man’s laws, not God’s – and if you cut them down – and you’re just the man to do it – d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?…”


John Adams, Second president of the United States;                                                               “It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, “whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,” and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.”            

Judgment of Lord Justice Denning, November 1979 on the Birmingham Six;                     “If the six men win, it will mean that the police are guilty of perjury, that they are guilty of violence and threats, that the confessions were invented and improperly admitted in evidence and the convictions were erroneous….This is such an appalling vista that every sensible person in the land would say that it cannot be right that these actions should go any further.”

Albert Einstein;  “As long as I have any choice, I will stay only in a country where political liberty, toleration, and equality of all citizens before the law are the rule.”

Interview with “Irelands foremost celebrity lawyer” Sunday Business Post August 2012 ;                                                                                                                                    “ I am pro-police state. I would have every Garda in the country armed. I would tolerate nothing. Zero tolerance. I don’t agree with civil liberties groups who say it’s better that 500 guilty men go free than one innocent man go to jail. I don’t agree with that.”



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