Worst Crime of All

For the first time in history four of the world's dominant nations have recognized the principle that to plot of launch a war of aggression is a crime for which individuals may be convicted and punished. This is, perhaps, the most significant feature of the agreement signed in London on August 3, 1945, for their respective Governments by Lord Jowitt, the Lord Chancellot of England; by M. Robert Falco, a judge of the Cour de Cassation, the highest court of France; by Maj. Gen. L. T. Nikitchenko, Vice President of the Supreme Court of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, and by me on behalf of the United States.

Address at the United Jewish Appeal

The Nurnberg trial laid bare to the world's view the basic evils that afflict our time. Unhappily, it did not end these evils. The Nurnberg lesson has been written. But has it been learned? Americans have expressed great concern as to whether the German people have learned its lessons.  But I am even more concerned about whether the American people have learned its lessons.

Independence Day Address

For nearly two years now many of us have been bewildered by the headlong course of events in Europe and not a few of us have been confused as to the course of wisdom at home. We have seen a nation which twenty years ago had been vanquished, rise up with a ferocity seldom seen in the history of mankind. We have seen vaunted armies smashed as if they were so much paper. We have seen Europe overrun and England placed in grave danger. We have seen the dictator idea spread in the world. At first its two principal proponents, communism and fascism, appeared to be mortal enemies.

Changes in Treasury Tax Policy

Among the most controversial and vital problems of the coming years are those relating to taxation. Lawyers will further impair their already declining leadership if they fail to bring disinterested and intelligent influence to bear upon the economic and legal questions involved.

Address before the New York State Bar Association

It is a comfort to speak again before my own Bar Association which has always been very tolerant of my heresies. I will test its patience again. Bar Association after-dinner speeches often voice the high and solemn esteem in which we hold ourselves. It was probably after a Bar dinner that the witty bard whose name our toastmester honors wrote:

Little Americanism

Joe Kennedy remarked the other day that the trouble with this country is that it has too many persons who are specialists in other people's business. Maybe he meant editors -- maybe lawyers. We have this at least in common, that we both take great liberty with the affairs of the public. And I am indebted to the press for so many suggestions about my work that I must begin payment by returning a few hints about yours.

Back to the Constitution

One of the great achievements of the Renaissance was the rediscovery of the classic. Men began to go behind the gloss to the text. I think that we are having something of a constitutional Renaissance at the present time- a rediscovery of the Constitution.

Mr. Justice Butler

Men eminent in the legal profession, former associates in the practice of the law, and public leaders have paid him eloquent and affectionate tribute. All of these tributes I offer for your records. I should not presume to add words of my own, except that the proceedings are lacking in one viewpoint which I should be qualified to supply.

The Besieged Strongholds of the Mind

When the times cry for action rather than words, an international discussion meeting such as this can justified only by the assumption that the deeds of men are the products of their thoughts. It is idle to deny that by and large the deeds of the United Nations, except in defense of actual homelands in Russia and England, have been on a disappointing level of accomplishment.

Christmas Eve Address

This is the first Christmas in many years which does not find the world engaged in a major war. Christmas should bring home to all peoples, regardless of race, creed or nationality, what it really means to the world that this year marks the conquest of the Nazi-Fascist-Japanese drive to dominate the world. We who are here in Nuremberg, far from home but close to the scenes of the war, have thrust upon us a new appreciation of the significance of Christmas.