Archive for May 18th, 2010

Art is the only discipline where saying less means more.

May 18, 2010

Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton (c. 1676 – August 4, 1741) was a Scottish lawyer in Colonial America, best known for his legal victory on behalf of printer and newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger. This 1735 decision helped to establish that truth is a defense to an accusation of libel. His eloquent defense was concluded with the notion that the press has “a liberty both of exposing and opposing tyrannical power by speaking and writing truth.” His success in this case has been said to have given rise to the expression “Philadelphia lawyer”, in the sense of a particularly adept and clever attorney, as in “It would take a Philadelphia lawyer to get him off.”