Great legal Quote of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

John G. Mateus, Esq.

“. . . with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”

—Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson to Virginia Delegates to the Continental Congress, August 1774, ‘A Summary View of the Rights of British America’; Instructions. 1774.

JeffersonThomas Thomas Jefferson, American president and revolutionary.


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Great Legal Quote of the Day: Family Traffic Law

John G. Mateus, Esq.

A passenger got into a cab and gave his destination. Immediately the cab driver zoomed off and drove right through several red lights without even hitting the brakes.

“What are you doing?!” screamed the passenger, terrified. ” You’ll get us all killed!”

“Nonsense,” replied the cabbie calmly. “Traffic laws are stupid. Thirty years since me and my brother started driving cabs in this country, not once have either of us ever stopped for a red light. No accidents, no injuries.”

A few moments later, however, the light turned green. Immediately, the cab driver slammed on the brakes.

“Now what are you doing?” screamed the bewildered passenger. “The light was green!”

“I know!” said the cabbie. “My brother could’ve been coming the opposite way!”


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Great Legal Quote of the Day: John Adams

John G. Mateus, Esq.

“We are to look upon it as more beneficial, that many guilty persons should escape unpunished, than one innocent person should suffer.

The reason is, because it’s of more importance to community, that innocence should be protected, than it is, that guilt should be punished; for guilt and crimes are so frequent in the world, that all of them cannot be punished; and many times they happen in such a manner, that it is not of much consequence to the public, whether they are punished or not.

But when innocence itself, is brought to the bar and condemned, especially to die, the subject will exclaim, it is immaterial to me, whether I behave well or ill; for virtue itself, is no security. And if such a sentiment as this, should take place in the mind of the subject, there would be an end to all security what so ever.”


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