Jury No Longer Out.


Two guilty verdicts. An acquittal would have been a victory; a mistrial would have been a victory; probation would be a victory too. These two young men don’t need to go to prison. It’s tragic that the complainant lost his life. It sucks, it’s unjust, it’s unfair, and nothing this jury does can possibly make it any less tragic, or make it suck any less. They can, however, make it more tragic by taking two more young men away from their families.

No time to lose heart now: tomorrow we put on a punishment case and

. . . never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

W. Churchill

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0 responses to “Jury No Longer Out.”

  1. The Churchill quote reminds me of Mises’ motto:

    Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito. It is from Virgil and it means “do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it.” Mises wrote in 1940, after he arrived in New York having fled Europe, that he chose this sentence as a young man to be his guide in life. He returned to it again and again as he faced threats and adversity on all sides. We have it printed in the Mises Institute conservatory in many languages, and it often appears on Mises Institute t-shirts and the like.

    http://www.mises.org/content/faq.aspx

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