. That is, the courts of justice, which “execute” the law. See Quincy, Reports (Appendix)
474 note; No. 46, text at note 1592
. Compare Hutchinson's Charge to the Grand Jury, March Term, Suffolk, 1769:
“We, Gentlemen, who are to execute the Law, are not to enquire into the Reason and
Policy of it, or whether it is constitutional or not. . . . We, and you, Gentlemen,
as the Executive Body, are to enquire what is Law, and see that the Laws are inforced.
If we step over this Line, and judge of the Propriety or Impropriety, the Justice
or Injustice of the Laws, we introduce the worst sort of Tyranny:—the most absolute
Despotism being formed by a Union of the Legislative and Executive Power.” Quincy, Reports
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