hard cases make bad law
- Difficult cases cause the clarity of the law to be obscured by exceptions and strained interpretations.
1854 G. HAYES in W. S. Holdsworth Hist. English Law (1926) IX. 423 A hard case. But hard cases make bad law.
1945 W. S. CHURCHILL in Hansard (Commons) 12 June 1478 Well, of course, hard cases do not make good laws.
1991 Times 17 Sept. 29 Hard cases not only make bad law. They also create bad feeling between judges.
2001 Spectator 21 July 18 Hard cases make bad law, no doubt, and maybe bad policy, but this case is far from unique.
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