Proceedings of the Annual Meeting Volume 2

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...scientific balderdash convert courtrooms into showrooms to which crowds throng for amusement and diversion," and when the case finally goes to the jury "exhausted in body and bewildered by a fantastic medley of fact, fancy and opinion in which the homicide and its attendant circumstances are lost to understanding, the result is generally an acquittal or a compromise verdict and the jury thank God for their release from an imprisonment lasting longer than the term of an ordinary convict." These things, as the governor says, are travesties of justice and public opinion, rightly or wrongly, holds our profession largely responsible. Our procedure must give way to saner methods if the law is to perform its normal function and justice is to be speedily and efficiently administered. The judges cannot accomplish the reformation unaided. They must have the assistance and co-operation of the members of the bar. Neither is there needed any radical change in the law itself. The fault is in the application of it. We are justly proud of our profession as the great conservative force in civilization that has held in check revolutionary and destructive agencies, but we should not be so afraid of radicalism as to close our eyes to gross abuses that we have produced or suffered, nor should we oppose just and reasonable reforms that the necessities of our times demand. Of course, we should not be inhospitable to modern ideas of progress for fear that we may violate tradition or incur the charge of being inconsistent. We are bound to appear somewhat inconsistent if we keep step at all with the march of events. Even the law itself must be inconsistent. It is true, as Justice Holmes said, that "the law is always approaching and never reaching...
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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236573773
  • 9781236573773