Law Quadrangle (formerly Law Quad Notes)


Statement by Dean Francis A. Allen before the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, October 30, 1968, in Washington, D. C.

To the founders of the American republic, "domestic tranquility" is not only one of the fruits of constitutional government, but is essential for the preservation of constitutional government. The founders recognized that violence is the enemy of liberty, but also that liberty may be overcome by the efforts of state officials to suppress private violence. Because the founders were concerned both with liberty and order, they devoted great attention to the regulation and control of governmental power in criminal law enforcement. Thus four of the Amendments in the original Bill of Rights expressly regulate the administration of criminal justice and several others have relevance to the criminal process.