National Affairs: Ignorant Justice

Upon the Supreme bench of the U. S. sits no man more learned in the law than the senior Associate Justice, bald Willis Van Devanter. Though liberal colleagues may disagree violently with his conservative opinions, they listen with profound respect in conference when, out of the experience of his full quarter-century on the Court, he expounds history, procedure, precedents. As elementary to him as the formula for water is to a master chemist, is the judicial principle that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

In his days as a pioneer Wyoming lawyer, Willis...

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