The World’s Greatest Outlaw

The life of Samuel Johnson, would-be attorney-at-law

“The Third Otani Hiroemon as an Outlaw Standing Near a Willow Tree” by Katsukawa Shunsho, 1777, via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1918
‘The Great Ebussuud Teaching Law,’ miniature from a divan by Mahmud Abd-al Baqi, mid-sixteenth century. The jurist and theologian Ebussuud Efendi greatly contributed to the shaping of classical Ottoman law. Image via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of George D. Pratt, 1925
‘Aura’ by Chris Fraser, 2015, courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me.

— Martin Luther King Jr., 1962

‘Signing of the Constitution’ by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940, via the U.S. Capitol

The law makes ten criminals where it restrains one.

— Voltairine de Cleyre, 1890

Necessity knows no law except to conquer.

— Publilius Syrus, 50 BC

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