Memorial of Hon. Harry Bingham, LL. D., Lawyer, Legislator, Author

Memorial of Hon. Harry Bingham, LL. D., Lawyer, Legislator, Author

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...in poetry, unless the decoction prepared by Shakespeare's witches in the play of "Macbeth" be regarded as one. The only legitimate questions to be asked in the appointment of a judge are, Is he capable? Is he honest? Does he know the law and will he be governed by it? I do not know of any safe rule by which to select judges, except to select them from those members of the bar who have there already run successful careers, illustrated throughout by distinguished industry, probity, and ability. To appoint judges by any other rule is simply to make an experiment which would probably prove a failure. The present age is certainly in some respects, to a marked degree, an age of progress. The laws that control the forces of nature have been studied, and the practical knowledge thus acquired has been made to promote the convenience and subserve the necessities of man very largely in very many ways. The steam engine and the telegraph are some of the trophies that have rewarded those students who have wisely applied the knowledge obtained by a diligent study of the laws of nature. But I am afraid that it cannot be said that our modern civilization is intrenching the citizen and making him more secure in the enjoyment of his rights of person and property. I am afraid that it cannot be said with truth that there is progress in that direction. There certainly is good reason to fear that the safeguards in the Constitution and in the common law for life, liberty, and property are getting shaky and weather-beaten. Those great safeguards can be said to be secure only when they are watched over by an enlightened, independent, and incorruptible judiciary. The thoughtful man sees danger ahead whenever the independence of the judiciary is...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236958535
  • 9781236958532