Drama and Television
D.A. Adam Schiff: A prosecution based on debt re-financing. That’s going to get you real far with the jury.
Stone: I’ll lay it out for them. I’ll draw them a Monopoly board.
D.A. Adam Schiff: Yeah, I’d like to see them get from “Park Place“ to “Go.”
~Law and Order, “The Serpent’s Tooth”
My Pa did not put me up to this! I put me up to this!
–Joe to Enos Milford (from Short Shanks), Bonanza, “The Hayburner”
Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty. To courageous, self-reliant men, with confidence in the power of free and fearless reasoning applied through the processes of popular government, no danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present, unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is opportunity for full discussion. If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.
~Justice Louis Brandeis, concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 27, 2017
The house of everyone is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defense against injury and violence as for his repose.
~Semayne’s Case, 5 Report 91 (1604)
They [corporations] cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
~Sir Edward Coke (1549–1634), Case of Sutton’s Hospital, 10 Report 32 (1612)
Men may believe what they cannot prove. They may not be put to the proof of their religious doctrines or beliefs. Religious experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others.
~Justice William O. Douglas, United States v. Ballard, 322 U.S. 78, 86 (1944)
Your Honours will find in the old book, concerning the office of a justice of peace, precedents of general warrants to search suspected houses. But in more modern books you will find only special warrants to search such and such houses specially named, in which the complainant has before sworn he suspects his goods are concealed; and you will find it adjudged that special warrants only are legal. In the same manner I rely on it, that the writ prayed for in this petition being general is illegal. It is a power that places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.
~James Otis, Argument against the writs of assistance, Boston, Feb. 1761, quoted in John Adams, “Abstract of the Argument for and against the Writts of Assistance,” 1761, in Legal Papers of John Adams 2:134, 141-42 (L. Kinvin Wroth & Hiller B. Zobel eds. 1965)
The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands.
~Justice Hugo L. Black, International Association of Machinists v. Street, 367 U.S. 740 (1961)
The patent system . . . added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.
~Abraham Lincoln, “Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions,” Jacksonville, Ill., 11 Feb.1859, in Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 3:363 (Roy P. Basler ed. 1953)
Criminal: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
~Howard Scott (1926– )
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
~W. H. Auden (1907–1973), poet