[PW] again, query about comment on English criminal law

Sylvia Milne sylviamilne at btinternet.com
Thu Aug 18 00:27:09 PDT 2016


That sounds rather an odd remark. The first English and Scottish police forces were set up to police large industrial cities. 

From Sylvia Milne


> On 17 Aug 2016, at 20:38, Rhonda Kristoff <rkristoff at tacomalibrary.org> wrote:
> 
> Could be Martin J. Wiener. 
> 
> http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/5144.html
> 
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> Subject: [PW] again, query about comment on English criminal law
> 
> Colleagues,
> 
>   This is a query I've  posted before with no responses; I now post it 
> again because new people may have  joined Wombats since my last posting, and 
> old Wombats may have learned something  they didn't know earlier.  So pace 
> Todd Mills, I repeat  myself:
> 
>   Years ago, a well-known writer on the history of  criminal law said 
> something to this effect:  "The trouble with English  criminal law is that it 
> was designed for use by a bobby in an English  village."  (This is a 
> paraphrase, not an exact quote.)  I sent private  messages to several leading legal 
> historians and criminologists asking for help,  but none could tell me who 
> the writer was.  One of them liked the  near-quote, and thanked me for calling 
> it to his attention!
> 
>   So I now post the query again,  hoping...
> 
>                                    Mark
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