Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, will be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.1844 Judgement in O'Connell v The Queen, 4 Sep.
I would have these good people to recollect, that the laws of this country hold out to foreigners an offer of all that liberty of the press which Americans enjoy, and that, if this liberty be abridged, by whatever means it may be done, the laws and the constitution, and all together, is a mere cheat; a snare to catch the credulous and enthusiastic of every other nation; a downright imposition on the world.william cobbett
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. It is the peculiar snare of the perplexed orthodox, and soon Mr. Brumley was in a state of nearly unendurable moral indignation with Sir Isaac for a hundred exaggerations of what he was and of what conceivably he might have done to his silent yet manifestly unsuitably married wife.The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman (1914), p. 299
It would be an absurdity in law to hold that if a man draws another into a snare, the party suffering should have no remedy by action.Heath, J., Tapp v. Lee (1803), 3 Bos. & Pull. 371.
A delusion, a mockery, and a snare.Lord Denman, O'Connell vs. The Queen, Clark and Finnelly Reports.
The splash and stir Of fountains spouted up and showering down In meshes of the jasmine and the rose: And all about us peal'd the nightingale, Rapt in her song, and careless of the snare.Alfred Tennyson, The Princess (1847), Part I, line 214
What is this world? A net to snare the soule.George Whetstone, in Tottle's Miscellany. Erroneously attributed to Gascoigne; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 911-17.