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Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 12: Paris.—Society and the courts.—March to May, 1838.—Age, 27. (search)
few words that the duties of the judge and advocate are infinitely abridged; the lawyer giving his chief attention to his pleading (plaidoyer), and the presiding judge putting a series of questions which have been digested beforehand. Neither judge nor lawyer is obliged to watch the currents of the heady fight, as with us, where almost every word of testimony makes its way against the serried objections of opposing counsel. As ever affectionately yours, Chas. Sumner. Journal. March 31, 1838. A day or two since I received an invitation to breakfast with M. Demetz, Frederic Auguste Demetz, 1796-1873. In 1836 he visited the United States, accompanied by an architect, for the purpose of inspecting our prisons; and became a convert to the cellular system of Pennsylvania. In 1840 he renounced the profession of the law, in order to found and administer the famous Reform School for Boys at Mettray, upon the family system, known as The Agricultural and Penitentiary Colony; and