Monday, April 03, 2023

Bulwark Of Our Liberties

Times change but principles endure. The jury has protected us from the abuse of power.  While human government exists the tendency to abuse power will remain. This system, coming down from former generations crowned with the honors of age, is today and for the future our hope.  Let us correct its defects with kindly hands, let us purge it of its imperfections and it will be, as in the past, the bulwark of our liberties.

-- William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925), American lawyer, statesman, and politician, "The Jury System", delivered in response to a toast at a bar association banquet in Lincoln, Nebraska (February 1890)

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