JUDICIARY: The Involuntary Good Samaritan

Like most people, 79-year-old Roscoe Pound believes in succoring the needy, the hungry and the abandoned. The spry ex-dean of Harvard Law School also accepts the continuing growth of what he calls the "service state." But he is alarmed by the way juries and judges, particularly in damage cases, are caught up in the same philosophy and are stretching the old meanings of law to achieve these humanitarian ends. Said he last week to the New York County Lawyers' Association:

"In the English-speaking world, until the present generation, security has meant security from aggression or fault or wrongdoing of others. But...

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