Quotes on the Law and Lawyers #5 (On Courts)

Having now posted several times on the efforts by Gov. Spitzer to reform New York’s courts, it is time to turn to a single quote on the meaning of it all:

“But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal-there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court. It can be the Supreme Court of the United State or the humblest J.P. court in the land, or this honorable court which you serve. Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.”

- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, p. 218 (1960)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1961

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