Crimes were committed to punish crimes and

Crimes were committed to punish crimes, and crimes were committed to prevent crimes.  The world has been filled with prisons and dungeons, with chains and whips, with crosses and gibbets, with thumbscrews and racks, with hangmen and heads-men – and yet these frightful means and instrumentalities have committed far more crimes than they have prevented…. Ignorance, filth, and poverty are the missionaries of crime.  As long as dishonorable success outranks honest effort – as long as society bows and cringes before the great thieves, there will be little ones enough to fill the jails.  ~Robert Ingersoll, Crimes Against CriminalsMHC

The law condemns and punishes only actions

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 BelieveMHC

If you dont know theres a trampoline

If you don’t know there’s a trampoline in the room, you’re not going to dust the ceiling for prints.  ~From the television show Law & Order

The law is an adroit mixture of

The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror.  ~Peter Kropotkin, Words of a RebelMHC

It is well nigh obvious that those who

It is well-nigh obvious that those who are in favor of the death penalty have more affinities with murderers than those who oppose it.  ~Remy de GourmontCUL

It is easier to commit murder than

It is easier to commit murder than to justify it.  ~Aemilius Papinianus (Papinian), quoted in Barry Nicholas, An Introduction to Roman Law, p. 30 n.2 (1962)

Although the legal and ethical definitions of

Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms.  They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice.  ~Charles T. Sprading, Freedom and its FundamentalsMHC

The law in its majestic equality forbids

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.  ~Anatole France (Jacques Anatole François Thibault), The Red Lily, 1894Crainquebille; PMB, p272

The most absurd apology for authority and

The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime.  Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime.  It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.  ~Emma Goldman, AnarchismMHC

Having your fate rest in the hands

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Having your fate rest in the hands of a jury is the same as entrusting yourself to surgery with a mentally retarded doctor.  ~Bill Messing, quoted in Dream World, by Fred WoodworthMHC

Men are too unstable to be just

Men are too unstable to be just; they are crabbed because they have not passed water at the usual time, or testy because they have not been stroked or praised.  ~Edward Dahlberg, The Sorrows of Priapus, 1957WLBUQ

Its strange that men should take up

It’s strange that men should take up crime when there are so many legal ways to be dishonest.  ~Author unknown, quoted in Sunshine magazine