Sir Edward Coke

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Sir Edward Coke was a British barrister who became one of the country's leading 17th-century jurists.  He believed that laws passed by Parliament could not violate the country's Common Law.

Coke's book on the Common Law was a leading text for three centuries.  He is known for famous quotes, including these:

  • Fraud and deceit abound in these days more than in former times.   Twyne's Case (1602).
  • Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.   Institutes of the Laws of England, vol. 3.
  • A word must become a friend or you will not understand it.  Perhaps you do well to be cool and detached when you are seeking information, but I remind you of the wife who complained, "When I ask John if he loves me, he thinks I am asking for information."  Case of Swans, 7 Rep. 15, 17 (1592) 

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This rare image of Coke is online, courtesy Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law.   PD


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