Lawyers: Disobedience & Punishment

"The current rhetoric—which sometimes seems to consecrate civil disobedience as the noblest response in the pantheon of virtues—has obscured the nature and consequence of this activity." The speaker at Tulane University Law School was Erwin Griswold, 63, former dean of the Harvard Law School and now U.S. Solicitor General; and he wanted to get one major thought across. "One who contemplates civil disobedience," he said, "should not be surprised and must not be bitter if a criminal conviction ensues. It is part of the Gandhian tradition that the sincerity of the individual's conscience presupposes that the law will punish...

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