POLICE WATCH INDIA (Regd. NGO).
It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws.
An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain – the equality of all men.
This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.
The trouble with the laws these days is that criminals know their rights better than their wrongs.
Justice is incidental to law and order.
Justice may be blind, but she has very sophisticated listening devices.
No man suffers injustice without learning, vaguely but surely, what justice is.
In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls.
If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers in the first place.
It’s strange that men should take up crime when there are so many legal ways to be dishonest.
Hunger makes a thief of any man.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
The more laws the more offenders.
Law: the only game where the best players get to sit on the bench.
Law never made men a whit more just.
If you don’t know there’s a trampoline in the room, you’re not going to dust the ceiling for prints.
Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.
The jury, passing on the prisoner’s life, May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two, Guiltier than him they try. ~ William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
In keeping people straight, principle is not as powerful as a policeman.
When there’s a single thief, it’s robbery. When there are a thousand thieves, it’s taxation.
We don’t give our criminals much punishment, but we sure give ’em plenty of publicity.
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
When I see the Ten Most Wanted Lists… I always have this thought: If we’d made them feel wanted earlier, they wouldn’t be wanted now.
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.
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, Second Speech on Conciliation, 1775
Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; it is blind justice that hurts.
The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.
It is not a Justice System. It is just a system.
Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm living public opinion.
An appeal… is when you ask one court to show its contempt for another court.
Law is not justice and a trial is not a scientific inquiry into truth. A trial is the resolution of a dispute.
It is easier to commit murder than to justify it.
The greatest crimes are caused by surfeit, not by want. ~ Aristotle
Corn can’t expect justice from a court composed of chickens. ~ African Proverb
Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.
The houses of lawyers are roofed with the skins of litigants. ~ Welsh Proverb
We don’t seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?
A lawyer is a gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it for himself. ~ Lord Brougham
A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works. ~ Bill Vaughan
Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government.
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, What I Believe
Judges are but men, and are swayed like other men by vehement prejudices. This is corruption in reality, give it whatever other name you please. ~ David Dudley Field