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

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Tue Jul 21 20:01:33 UTC 2015


FWIW, this sounds like an extension of the Biblical story where Abraham 
convinces Jehovah to not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if there are 10 good 
people there.

http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0118.htm#17
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham#Abraham.27s_plea

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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> Joel Berson <mailto:berson at ATT.NET>
> 21 July 2015 at 11:40
>
> 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 inn=
> ocent person should be condemned."
>
>
> Allegedly from Increase Mather, Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil 
> Spirits=
> (Boston: Benjamin Harris, 1693), p. 66.=C2=A0 I have not checked.
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>
> Joel
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