We have strict statutes and most biting laws,— The needful bits and curbs to headstrong steeds,— Which for this fourteen years we have let sleep, Even like an o’ergrown lion in a cave, That goes not out to prey.
He,—to give fear to use and liberty, Which have for long run by the hideous law, As mice by lions,—hath pick’d out an act, Under whose heavy sense your brother’s life Falls into forfeit: he arrests him on it; And follows close the rigour of the statute To make him an example; all hope is gone.
My business in this state Made me a looker-on here in Vienna, Where I have seen corruption boil and bubble Till it o’errun the stew: laws for all faults, But faults so countenanc’d that the strong statutes Stand like the forfeits in a barber’s shop, As much in mock as mark.
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We think of statutory law as being written by legislators, but most of it is written in the form of rules and regulations created by governmental agencies.
Atticus had two weighty advantages: although the white girl was fourteen years of age the defendant was not indicted for statutory rape, therefore Atticus could and did prove consent.