First Principles: It Is Better That Ten Guilty Persons Escape Than That One Innocent Suffer

“For the law holds, that it is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.” – Sir William Blackstone (Commentaries on the Laws of England, 9th ed., book 4, chapter 27, p. 358 (1783)

It is seldom understood in contemporary society that the colonists who first became we Americans were originally petitioning for redress of their rights as Englishmen.   When England refused to provide the rights given under English law is the time that rebellion became not only necessary but just.  Equity demands fair and rational treatment.



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