Monday, June 11, 2012

Jonathan Swift on Precedent

In part 4 of Gulliver's Travel's, Gulliver explains legal precedent.  Reminds one of Roe v. Wade and Wickard v. Fillburn.
It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever has been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice, and the general reason of mankind. These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities to justify the most iniquitous opinions; and the judges never fail of directing accordingly.

1 comment:

  1. Gulliver's Travels, a great satire on human nature. & this quote is a prime example why.