Wednesday, January 11, 2012
"It's never more important to move slowly and carefully before granting the state new powers than in the wake of tragedies." -- Brian Doherty (1968-) American journalist, author, Senior Editor at Reason magazine Source: Tragic Government, Reason, May, 1997, p 9.
"The object of any tyrant would be to overthrow or diminish trial by jury, for it is the lamp that shows that freedom lives." -- Sir Patrick Devlin (1905-1992) British Lord of Appeal, lawyer, judge and jurist 1956
"Our whole political system rests on the distinction between constitutional and other laws. The former are the solemn principles laid down by the people in its ultimate sovereignty; the latter are regulations made by its representatives within the limits of their authority, and the courts can hold unauthorized and void any act which exceeds those limits. The courts can do this because they are maintaining against the legislature the fundamental principles which the people themselves have determined to support, and they can do it only so long as the people feel that the constitution is something more sacred and enduring than ordinary laws, something that derives its force from a higher authority." -- Walter F. Dodd (1880-1960) Author, professor of political science Source: The Revision and Amendment of State Constitutions, P. 253 (1910).