„The Judge does not make the law. It is people that make the law. Therefore if a law is unjust, and if the Judge judges according to the law, that is justice, even if it is not just.“

—  Alan Paton
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—  Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author 1561 - 1626
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„People must be confident that a judge’s decisions are determined by the law, and only the law.“

—  Merrick Garland American judge 1952
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„The Judge is intrusted with the liberties of the people, and his saying is the Law.“

—  Sir Thomas Twisden, 1st Baronet English politician 1602 - 1683
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„We don't pay judges to think; we pay judges to rule on the law.“

—  Jeff Sessions Former United States Attorney General 1946
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„[There are] judges who stretch the law... to suit reactionary attitudes.“

—  Michael Foot British politician 1913 - 2010
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—  Colin Blackburn, Baron Blackburn British judge 1813 - 1896
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„Our constitution, in short, is a judge-made constitution, and it bears on its face all the features, good and bad, of judge-made law.“

—  A. V. Dicey British jurist and constitutional theorist 1835 - 1922
Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution [Eighth Edition, 1915] (LibertyClassics, 1982), p. 116.

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„There is no justice in following unjust laws.“

—  Aaron Swartz computer programmer and internet-political activist 1986 - 2013
Context: There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture. We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access. With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us? Guerilla Open Access Manifesto (July 2008) http://archive.org/details/GuerillaOpenAccessManifesto.

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