Friday, July 12, 2002

Military Music

We have a difference of opinion as to who coined the phrase, "Military justice is to justice what military music is to music."

We think it was George Clemenceau. Ernie the Attorney says it's Groucho Marx.

If anybody knows, let us know. We've had it attributed to Clemenceau on our Terrorism Trial Page ("Military Tribunals, Courts and Detainees" section) for months.

Law Professor L.H. LaRue says in footnote #2 to an article "What Is the Text in Constitutional Law: Does it Include Thoreau?", 20 Ga. L.Rev. 1137 (1986),

"'Military Justice is to Justice, as Military Music is to Music.' This saying is commonly attributed to Georges Clemenceau, but there is no proof that he actually said it. "

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