Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton (Apr. 5, 1887), quotedin J. Bartlett, Familiar Quotations 750 (14th ed. 1968).
As quoted in Ian James, Guantanamo Tribunals Questioned, The Boston Globe, Feb. 2, 2004.2 YOUNG, C.J.June 18, 2004
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corruptsabsolutely.Lord Acton
If you put all the powers to prosecute, try, andexecute a sentence in one person’s hands, that is theabsolute antithesis of the checks and balances in thesystemof government that we have.Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, U.S. Navy
Here’s a not-so-hypothetical conversation between an eagerand enthusiastic district judge and an experienced and reflectivecircuit judge.
What would you think of a systemthat affordedthose accused of crimes scrupulously fair trialsover which wholly independent judges preside,but which turns those convicted over to theprosecutors for such punishment as they maydetermine?
Utterly unfair, of course. That would be even
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