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    Render justice with cold blood

    I have several doubts about the following sentences. I will type them in bald. "I gave you power to render justice with cold blood and common sense. But a judge should never forget about mercy. Otherwise the justice grows into a simple tyranny".

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    Re: Render justice with cold blood

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    I have several doubts about the following sentences. I will type them in bald bold. "I gave you power to render justice with cold blood and common sense. But a judge should never forget about mercy. Otherwise the justice grows into a simple tyranny".
    To "render" is to give or make possible. "cold blood" usually means without emotion. The "the" here refers to a specific justice. "grows into" indicates something that matures or becomes something else - a child grows into an adult.

    So...you have the power to give justice. The justice you deliver should be the result of an unemotional decision mixed with common sense. If a judge forgets about mercy there is a chance that his/her decisions will develop into a form of tyranny.

    This seems to be a warning given to new judges to not only follow the letter (as written) of the law, but also, the spirit (the intent) of the law. If a person steals a loaf of bread because he is hungry, should a judge decide that this person should go to jail for six months (the term imposed by the current law - the letter of the law), or should the judge allow the person to go free and only force him to pay for the bread (a show of mercy)? If a judge merely applies the law and puts people into jail for minor offenses, the jail terms given (the justice) will become, over time, a sort of tyranny.

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