[Ads-l] Investigate quote? "better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent person be convicted"

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jul 21 18:40:01 UTC 2015

What is known about "it is better that ten guilty persons be found innocent than one innocent person be convicted"?

The following is from 1693:

"It were better that ten suspected witches should escape, than that one innocent person should be condemned."

Allegedly from Increase Mather, Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits (Boston: Benjamin Harris, 1693), p. 66.  I have not checked.


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