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Edward Coke

Data de nascimento: 1. Fevereiro 1552
Data de falecimento: 3. Setembro 1634

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„Law is the safest helmet.“

— Edward Coke
Inscription in rings given by Coke to several of his friends on June 20, 1606, in anticipation of his judicial investiture; reported in Humphry William Woolrych, The Life of the Right Honourable Sir Edward Coke (1826) p. 75. Derived from a latin maxim, Lex est tutissima cassis; sub clypeo legis nemo decipitur: Law is the safest helmet; under the shield of the law no one is deceived.

„Thought the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.“

— Edward Coke
Institutes of the Laws of England, vol. 3.

„A witch is a person who hath conference with the Devil to consult with him or to do some act.“

— Edward Coke
Reported in Margaret Alice Murray, The Witch-Cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology (2007) p. 18.

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„Only this incident inseparable every custom must have, viz., that it be consonant to reason; for how long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law.“

— Edward Coke
The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton, part 62a (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832).

„He is not cheated who knows he is being cheated.“

— Edward Coke
The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton, (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832), First Institute.

„The King himself should be under no man, but under God and the Law.“

— Edward Coke
Prohibitions del Roy, 12 Co. Rep. 63, quoting Henry de Bracton's treatise on the laws and customs of England. [http://www.uniset.ca/other/cs4/77ER1342.html]

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„Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason... The law, which is perfection of reason.“

— Edward Coke
The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832), Third Institute. Compare: "Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason", Sir John Powell, Coggs vs. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raym. Rep. p. 911.

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