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That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.Franklin, Benjamin
Source: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, letter to Benjamin Vaughan, March 14, 1785.The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Albert H. Smyth, vol. 9, p. 293 .He was echoing Voltaire, that generous Maxim, that tis much more Prudence to acquit two Persons, tho actually guilty, than to pass Sentence of Condemnation on one that is virtuous and innocent.Zadig, chapter 6, p. 53 .Sir William Blackstone, in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, 9th ed., book 4, chapter 27, p. 358 , says, For the law holds, that it is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer. · This quote is about uncategorised · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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