Justice Charles Evans Hughes Quote

“It is the essence of the institutions of liberty that it be recognized that guilt is personal and cannot be attributed to the holding of opinions or to mere intent in the absence of overt acts.”

~ Justice Charles Evans Hughes

Harvard Law Review, April 1948

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

This point can also be made for those exercising their right to carry firearms -- it should not be considered a crime to carry a gun, only if the overt act of using it has violated another's rights.

Mike, Norwalk

According to the laws of nature and of nature's God, positive law, and justice, there is no such thing as a victimless crime. Only in man's despotic rule do individuals lose accessibility to and/or expression of inalienable rights


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