Decades before being granted American citizenship
on April 9, 1963, Winston Churchill joined the courts of Petty Sessions
to address some of the more, well, petty grievances of British citizens. These offenses could range from custody hearings to modest criminal actions to violations of a liquor license, but they differed from cases addressing high crimes.
In one particular case of prosecution, the Petty Sessions addressed the issue of a young boy whose arm was twisted and broken on an election polling day by two men who didn’t like the color of “liberal” clothing that he was wearing. Members of court were addressing the defense and judgment of the men who broke his arm when Churchill broke in with a thought of his own.
We all wish to safeguard in every way the full freedom of the expression of political opinion at election times, and we all wish to stigmatise, as it should be stigmatised, brutal action and cruelty perpetrated by the strong upon the weak and the young.
Following that comment came one of Churchill’s most famous lines.
Justice moves slowly and remorselessly upon its path, but it reaches its goal eventually.
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