Alphonse Karr

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  • ''If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by my friends the murderers.''
    Alphonse Karr (1808-1890), French journalist, novelist. Les Guêpes (Paris, Jan. 31, 1849). An alternative source attributes these words to a voice from the hall in the French Chamber, during a debate on the death penalty, when a speech proposing abolition was being tumultuously applauded.
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  • ''I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked.''
    Alphonse Karr (1808-1890), French journalist, novelist. quoted in The Goncourt Journal, entry for Feb. 20, 1853 (trans. 1962). Karr was on trial together with Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, accused of writing articles offensive to public morals.

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