Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Clarence Darrow's Autobiography

Old words, but suprisingly relevant to a few:

“If there are still any citizens interested in protecting human liberty, let them study the conspiracy laws of the United States. They have grown apace in the last forty years until today no one’s liberty is safe. The conspiracy laws magnify misdemeanors into serious felonies. If a boy should steal a dime a small fine would cover the offense; he could not be sent to the penitentiary. But if two boys by agreement steal a dime then both of them could be sent to the penitentiary as conspirators. Not only could they be, but boys are constantly being sent under similar circumstances.”

-Clarence Darrow “The Story of My Life” 1932 p.64

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