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Justice is blind

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on May 21, 2005

In Reply to: Justice is blind posted by M. Wong on May 21, 2005

: What's the origin or meaning behind "justice is blind, not deaf"?

: The traditional visual symbol of "Justice" is a blindfolded woman holding scales and a sword. The scales are for weighing right and wrong; the sword is to punish the guilty; the blindfold is to show that she is impartial (i.e. that she does not treat friends differently from strangers, or high-ranking people better than humble ones, because she does not "see" them). But she is not deaf, because she listens to all the evidence put before her.

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