Of the Influence of Time and Place in Matters of Legislation

Jeremy Bentham

Chapter 4, Footnote #01
No compensation for murder

Few men, I suppose, can have lived many years in the world, without meeting with various instances in which iniquity has triumphed under cover of this law: but in general, as there is no redress to be had, the injury, is seldom publicly proved, and the public hears little of the matter. When there is a matter of honest difference in the way of trade, the law does not leave the representatives irresponsible, nor the suffering party without redress. It is only when the suffering is occasioned by villany, that it manifests this indifference.

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Timeplace, Chapter 4 Laws Appear the Worse for Being Transplanted.