Chief Judge Edith H. Jones of the the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, when speaking before the Harvard Law School Federalist Society said,
“The American legal system has been corrupted beyond recognition”.
“Having lost sight of the moral and religious foundations of the rule of law, we are vulnerable to the [loss] of our freedom, our equality before the law, and our self-respect.”
“[Some lawyers] seem uninhibited about … [lying] to the court or their opponents or … falsifying evidence.”
“The legal system has … been wounded by lawyers who themselves no longer respect the law.”
“The legal aristocracy have … become businessmen. Because law has become a self-avowed business…”
“The integrity of the law, its religious roots, its … quality are disappearing.”
“The [founding fathers] created a government … with this understanding of the rule of law-that it was dependent on … religious obligation.”
“The [only] answer [to our dilemma] is a recovery of moral principle …”
Judge Jones made the above statements when she spoke before the Harvard Law School Federalist Society on 1/28/1983 (as reported in massnews.com, March 7, 1983).