Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:58:53 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

From Ceres, by L. Neil Smith:

"There's a big difference between keeping the peace, which is something folks do pretty well themselves, and enforcing the law, which is another thing altogether. Throughout most of West America--which seems to have learned the lesson--municipal police forces have been outlawed. The sheriff's job, when he arrives, inevitably after the fact, is to make sure it was the badguy who got shot. That was the Pallatian custom to begin with, and Pallas has prospered accordingly." -- The Diaries of Rosalie Frazier Ngu

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