Saturday, June 16, 2012

Walk of Life, Part 4

"In some cases the Roman doctrine of evidence included even finer degrees of proof, as in the church decree that 'a bishop should not be condemned except with seventy-two witnesses...a cardinal priest should not be condemned except with forty-four witnesses, a cardinal deacon of the city of Rome without thirty-six witnesses, a subdeacon, acolyte, exorcist, lector, or doorkeeper except with seven witnesses.' To be convicted under those rules, you'd have to have not only committed the crime but also sold tickets."

-- From The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow, Pantheon Books, New York, 2008, pp. 32-33

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