State v. Board of Examiners Quote

“Disobedience or evasion of a constitutional mandate may not be tolerated, even though such disobedience may, at least temporarily, promote in some respects the best interests of the public.”

~ State v. Board of Examiners

State v. Board of Examiners, 274 N.Y. 367; 9 NE 2d 12; 112 ALR 660.

Ratings and Comments


John Shuttleworth, New York City

I fail to understand the context or extent of this quote. It seems in direct conflict with certain Jeffersonian precepts, or those preceding him, who advocated for individual rights in preference to collective mandates. If a constitution is an agreement between members of a society who frame a set of rules implementing precepts, then any disagreement must be with the precepts themselves or the methodology / rules of their implementation. The precepts of any constitution are in its preamble; the organization structure and its powers and in the body and its methods of implementation in the rules. Which can also be in the constitution's body or set as addenda. Any or al of these elements are subject to revision, or deletion, as the document is an agreement between people. Unless someone is to claim divine origin; that is a different matter....

E Archer, NYC

Seems to me to be the adjudication most needed in federal courts. At what point did disobedience of a constitutional mandate become tolerated to promote the best interests of the public -- not even temporarily, but permanently?!

Ronw13, OR
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Ronw13, OR    2/8/18

The quote is strait forward and bears no hidden meaning.

jim k, Austin

I'm with you, Ronw13.

Tony, Silver Spring, Md.

I would only add to this quote, "not even if they think it's in the best interest of the public"

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