Law Unto

From Scott Turow’s novel, Limitations (2006).

A conversation between a judge (George) and his law clerk (Cassie):

George:

Then why do we require proof beyond a reasonable doubt? Why is there a statute of limitations?

Cassie:

If you ask me, I don’t think there should be. Not where there is a videotape.

George:

First of all, I’m not the legislature.

She repeats the last words with him. Apparently he has worn out the grooves on that one in the last year. He knows from Cassie’s prior comments that she finds it a bit cowardly to hide behind the state lawmakers. And she’s right that at times such claims sound like a judicial version of “I’m only following orders”. But to George, nothing about judging is more important than refusing to be a law unto yourself.

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