I always said that in a country where a legislature, its sessions limited by statute, could alter reality by turning back the clock (I actually saw this done, once, with a long pole pushing on the hour hand), any travesty was possible. I see nothing lately to prove me wrong.
The Constitution . . . meant that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.thomas jefferson
We have erased segregation in those areas of national life to which Federal authority clearly extends. So doing in this, my friends, we have neither sought nor claimed partisan credit, and all such actions are nothing more -- nothing less than the rendering of justice. And we have always been aware of this great truth: the final battle against intolerance is to be fought -- not in the chambers of any legislature -- but in the hearts of men.Address at the Hollywood Bowl (19 October 1956).
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.Final accounting in the Estate of A.B. (1866) 
National unity is the basis of national security. To deny the legislature the right to select appropriate means for its attainment presents a totally different order of problem from that of the propriety of subordinating the possible ugliness of littered streets to the free expression opinion through handbills.felix frankfurter
Wow, are you confused. The man who was voted Video Game Co-Person of the Year, along with Paul Eibeler, for 2005 is testifying before a state legislature on behalf of a constitutional video game bill, and that is not news at a site supposedly dedicated to covering governmental efforts against the video game industry? What illegal substance are you on, bucko?jack thompson
The Pennsylvania legislature, who, on a proposition to make the belief in God a necessary qualification for office, rejected it by a great majority, although assuredly there was not a single atheist in their body. And you remember to have heard, that when the act for religious freedom was before the Virginia Assembly, a motion to insert the name of Jesus Christ before the phrase, "the author of our holy religion," which stood in the bill, was rejected, although that was the creed of a great majority of them.Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Albert Gallatin (June 16, 1817). Published in The Works of Thomas Jefferson in Twelve Volumes, Federal Edition, Paul Leicester Ford, ed., New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904, Vol. 12, p. 73.
No one can have greater respect for the independence of the legislative power than I:;: but legislation does not mean finance, criticism of the administration, or ninety-nine out of the hundred things with which in England the Parliament occupies itself. The legislature should legislate, i.c., construct grand laws on scientific principles of jurisprudence, but it must respect the independence of the Executive as it desires its own independence to be respected. It must not criticise the Government, and, as its legislative labours are essentially of a scientific kind, there can be no reason why its debates should be reported."Napoleon Bonaparte, to Sieves, quoted by Sir J. Seeley in "Introduction to Political Science," 216.
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.Kin Hubbard, in Marching To Zion, p.52
I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation.Thomas Jefferson, in Religious Education in Public Schools: Study of Comparative Law, p.213
We're in the hands of the state legislature and God, but at the moment, the state legislature has more to say than God.Edward Koch, in 449 Stupid Things Democrats Have Said, p.127
I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislature. You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer.Will Rogers, in Law and the Web of Society, p.39
Public opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the ten commandments.Charles Dudley Warner, in How to Interpret History, p.161
There are two ways of construing an Act of Parliament one to extend it to every case reasonably within its operation, and the other to lay hold of every expression to limit and curtail the intention of the legislature.Sir John Stuart, V.-C, In re Warner and Powell's Arbitration (1866), L. R. 3 Eq. Ca. 266.
We must give effect to the plain language of the legislature, according to the fair interpretation of the words of the Act.Abbott, C.J., Baildon v. Pitter (1819), 1 Chit. Rep. 639.
We must decide according to the intention of the legislature, which is to be collected from the general object of the Act and from the particular words used in it.Grose, J., Farmer v. Legg (1797), 7 T. R. 192.
Our limited function is not to say what the legislature meant, but to ascertain what the legislature has said that it meant.Mathen, J., Rothschild & Sons v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue (1894), L. R. 2 Q. B. D. , p. 145.
However we might wish to provide for every hardship that may occur, we are bound to put that construction on the Act that the legislature intended.Orose, J., Farmer v. Legg (1797), 7 T. B. 193.
It appears to me to be the duty of every Court, whether a Court of equity or a Court of law, to give effect to the plain meaning of the legislature, whatever may be the views entertained of its policy or applicability in particular cases.Sir W. M. James, V.-C, Daun v. City of London Brewery Co. (1869), L. R. 8 Eq. Ca. 161.
I like the power given the legislature to levy taxes, and for that reason solely approve of the greater house being chosen by the people directly.Thomas Jefferson, in Origins of Legislative Sovereignty and the Legislative State, Volume 1; Volume 6, p.316
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.Saying quoted by Gideon J. Tucker, Surrogate, in 1866 report of the final accounting in the estate of A. B. New York Surrogate Reports, 1 Tucker (N. Y. Surr.) 249 (1866).
I disclaim the power of legislation which is asserted to exist in this Court, and I say that, if such a right is to be created, it must be created by the legislature properly so called.Jessel, M.R., Day v. Brownrigg (1878), L. R. 10 C. D. 302.
Jackie Biskupski is running for a seat in the Utah legislature, and she's attracting a lot of attention because she's a lesbian. Her Republican opponent, Dan Alderson, is a staunch Mormon, and is running a negative ad campaign calling her lifestyle abnormal and deviant. His six wives agree.Rick Mercer, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, October 12, 1998
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