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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.
  law developed by governmental groups in contrast to common law (based on custom and precedent) — this is also one of the senses of the term, "civil law"
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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.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "If there were any such statute," the clerk replied, his nose rising disdainfully, "it would certainly not apply to you.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Local jury commissions used statutory requirements that jurors be "intelligent and upright" to exclude African Americans and women.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • The meeting hadn’t lasted long; the lawyer explained the relevant statutes and offered a few anecdotal experiences; later Travis could remember only the loose, almost weak way he had grasped Travis’s hand on his way out the door.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I take the blatant disregard of such a statute quite seriously, Emperor Kaito.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Go shopping, unless all the shops had gotten their statutory ramps in place.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • With the deadly precision of an automated mincing machine, he arranged each charge of the dittay on the slab of his scrutiny and diced it ruthlessly into shreds with the blade of statute and the cleaver of precedent.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Statutory rape.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Statutory.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin

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  • The Grand Master began reading the statutes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Truly there is, both in the Scripture and the statute-book.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Jody’s been accused of statutory rape.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • If retaliation is your fear, know this—I should hang ten thousand that dared to rise against the law, and an ocean of salt tears could not melt the resolution of the statutes.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • At thirty-five he had just been unwillingly evicted from the Youth League, and before graduating into the Youth League he had managed to stay on in the Spies for a year beyond the statutory age.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He said he didn’t have any quarrel with the rape statute, none what ever, but he did have deep misgivings when the state asked for and the jury gave a death penalty on purely circumstantial evidence.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Yet it is sad to think, that these very throbbing hearts which welcome your story, and form your best safeguard in telling it, are all beating contrary to the "statute in such case made and provided."
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • They cannot be, sir, if they require a new statute to legalise them.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Ms. Leven, the statute requires that a defendant charged with first-degree murder-multiple counts, at that-be held without bail.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • McCandless could endeavor to explain that he answered to statutes of a higher order, that as a latter-day adherent of Henry David Thoreau, he took as gospel the essay "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" and thus considered it his moral responsibility to flout the laws of the state.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Moore appealed, and in 1988 the California Court of Appeals ruled in his favor, pointing to the Protection of Human Subjects in Medical Experimentation Act, a 1978 California statute requiring that research on humans respect the "right of individuals to determine what is done to their own bodies."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • There were French statutes that would make conviction punishable by imprisonment or, at the very least, public expulsion from the country.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • His self-absorption and obsession lead him to cruelty, statutory rape, murder, and the destruction of several lives.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And in the winter, which was confined by statute to two months, the snow lay evenly, three feet thick, but never turned into slush.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • To all whom it may concern schedule pursuant to statute showing return of number of mules and jennets exported from Ballina.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • They may be dumb in many ways but they know the City’s statutes backward and forward.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • This same statute furthermore stipulated that no person shall hold title for an alien—a noncitizen—in any way, shape, or form.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • What say our statutes, and how do our brethren observe them?
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • All laws were repealed which extended the crime of treason beyond the statute of the twenty-fifth of Edward III.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • said acts committed upon one Mary Dalton, and contrary to the form of the statute in such case made and provided, against the peace and dignity of the People of the State of Illinois"."
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • The Stoics considered the legal statutes of the various states merely as incomplete imitations of the "law" embedded in nature itself.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • However, if these good Haudriettes were, for the moment, complying with the statutes of Pierre d’Ailly, they certainly violated with joy those of Michel de Brache, and the Cardinal of Pisa, which so inhumanly enjoined silence upon them.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "Repeal this statute, my good sir?" says Mr. Kenge to a smarting client.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Peggotty then retired to her lodging, and Mr. Spenlow and I went into Court, where we had a divorce-suit coming on, under an ingenious little statute (repealed now, I believe, but in virtue of which I have seen several marriages annulled), of which the merits were these.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Blood hath been shed ere now, i’ the olden time, Ere humane statute purg’d the gentle weal; Ay, and since too, murders have been perform’d Too terrible for the ear: the time has been, That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end; but now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools: this is more strange Than such a murder is.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • This fellow might be in’s time a great buyer of land, with his statutes, his recognizances, his fines, his double vouchers, his recoveries: is this the fine of his fines, and the recovery of his recoveries, to have his fine pate full of fine dirt? will his vouchers vouch him no more of his purchases, and double ones too, than the length and breadth of a pair of indentures?
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • But not till the Haytian Terror of Toussaint was the trade in men even checked; while the national statute of 1808 did not suffice to stop it.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • We are brought on to a day in February, on which was held the yearly statute or hiring fair in the county-town of Casterbridge.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • It’s called statutory rape, and he has to be punished for itů .
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Five shillings to one on’t, with any man that knows the statutes, he may stay him: marry, not without the prince be willing; for, indeed, the watch ought to offend no man, and it is an offence to stay a man against his will.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • It had its unwritten laws, and they were as clearly defined and as strict as any that could be found among the printed statutes of the land.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Yet no statutory crime of any kind there.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • This very day a Syracusian merchant Is apprehended for arrival here; And, not being able to buy out his life, According to the statute of the town, Dies ere the weary sun set in the west.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Getting comfortable in Tom’s office, Franklin floats an idea for an independent study project for next semester-the classifying of urban minority students as "special needs," a technique that allows educators to steer toward them funds that are guaranteed by federal statute for handicapped children.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The statutes pertaining to banking confidentiality are among the most sacrosanct in Switzerland.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • But even more deplorable, he said, were the trials themselves, which "violate the fundamental principle of American law that a man cannot be tried under an ex post facto statute."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • You can be prosecuted in a closed trial under the national security non-disclosure statutes if you violate the oath.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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