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Sam J. Ervin Jr.

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780807844649

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807875735_Ervin

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Humor in the Law

Humor in the Law

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(p.90) Chapter 7 Humor in the Law
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Humor of a Country Lawyer
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Sam J. Ervin

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807844649.003.0007

This chapter shows how the author entertains the abiding convictions that the administration of justice is government's most sacred obligation; that government cannot confer on a citizen a more exalted responsibility than that of judge; that this responsibility is reflected in Edmund Burke's phrase “the cold neutrality of the impartial judge”; and that his contemporaries bestow on a judge the highest encomium when they adjudge him to be a just and upright judge. The most trying task of the judge of a sensitive heart is that of presiding in criminal trials in which he must execute justice in mercy without being forgetful of the truth that society and the victims of crime are just as much entitled to justice as the accused.

Keywords:   administration of justice, government, most sacred obligation, judge, Edmund Burke, cold neutrality, impartial judge

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