Thursday, March 18, 2010

Quote of the Day: John Q. Adams on the Insanity Defense

"They dare not bring forth these pretenses at trial, because they would then be disapproved; but the moment a man is sentenced to die for these offenses that strike at the very existence of human society, religion, humanity, family influence, female weakness, personal importunity, pious fraud, and counterfeit benevolence all join in a holy league to swindle a pardon from the Executive. The murderer is pumped and purged into a saint, or certified into an idiot. Fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, travel hundred of miles to work by personal solicitation upon the kindly feelings of the President. First, they extort a reprieve, then they worry out indulgences, and finally screw out a pardon. A pardon for willful, deliberate murder!" - John Q. Adams

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