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against Bridges and let him appeal it. “The cause of justice would be served,” he said, “if you went ahead and did that without any attention at all to the Strecker case, and then let him do the appealing.” Well, of course, I remember explaining to him that I didn't conceive that, nor was I advised by the Attorney General, that that was the proper thing for a public officer to do. If the courts disagree, or if a high court offers a new line of reason, a new point of view, or a new attitude, it's the duty of administrative officials to take that into consideration before subjecting other persons to punitive action and putting them to the expense of a prolonged and hard defense of themselves, when it was altogether likely that the new version, the new doctrine, introduced by a high court might be the prevailing doctrine. You should stop all cases until you knew whether it was to be the prevailing doctrine or not. I thought I knew that as a definite principle of law, under the practice of law as it had been explained to me so many times in the years that I had been a public official since 1919, either in New York State or in Washington. It had caused us to hold up enforcement of factory legislation in some cases until we got a clear decision from the upper courts. I had argued it out with very learned lawyers and had become convinced that that was

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