"Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms.  They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice."
Charles T. Sprading
(1871-1959) Libertarian activist, writer
Freedom and its Fundamentals
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Way too accurate, way too often
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Justice is definitely messed up at the moment, hurry elections
     -- Kimo, USA     
    There is always the question of ethical with any law.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    When laws are of themselves bad, such as laws spawned by the so-called war on drugs, that's when jury nullification needs to be used. No judge will ever tell a jury of this option.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Way to inaccurate, most of the time... and yes, judges do often tell juries of their rights to nullify and make their own decisions separate from the letter of the law.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    If the term 'right' is to mean an 'empowerment to act' .. then it is 'legal' But then the term also means a 'natural law' I suppose.. There again it is both ethical and legal. Right at once means 'good power ' doesnt it ?
     -- vedapushpa, Bangalore - India     
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