Two Statements

Judge John M. Murtagh

Judge Murtagh is Administrative Judge of the City of New York's Criminal Court.

1959: 'Our drug laws are immoral in principle and ineffectual in operation.'

April 25th, 1966: 'If there is a success in fighting the problem of narcotics addiction, it will be due to the scientists. We of the law are asses, and our approach is at best an utter disgrace. Basically, it is a public health matter. Punishment should be limited to deviant conduct which harms the rest of us. An enforcement law corrupts more than it corrects.'

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