"Oh, judge, your damn laws: the good people don't need them
and the bad people don't follow them so what good are they?"
by:
Ammon Hennacy
(1893-1970) Catholic anarchist, pacifist, vegetarian, draft refuser in two world wars, tax resister, "one-person revolution in America."
Source:
Whenever Ammon was arrested for any number of reasons, mostly for "illegal" picketing, instead of pleading guilty or innocent he would plead 'anarchy'. This was his reply to the judge's statement 'But Ammon you broke the law.'
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 -- Anonymous      
 -- Tony Hintze, Chicago      
Very true and well said.
 -- jitendra, gurgaon, india     
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    Again...laws are supposed to be in place to enshrine your rights, not grant them, and preserve justice, not create it.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    (-; I like it a lot, short, to the point, and accurate ;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A "CLASSIC"
     -- Bill J. Spence, Memphis, TN     
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    Got to love his guts and gumption. I would love to say that to a judge -- sure hope it doesn't come to that though ... ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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