The supreme court justice Benjamin N. died at the age of 68. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1932 to 1938.
He was the son of Rebecca Washington and Albert Jacob.
The rules and principles of case law have never been treated as final truths but as working hypotheses, continually retested in those great laboratories of the law, the courts of justice. Every new case is an experiment, and if the accepted rule which seems applicable yields a result which is felt to be unjust, the rule is reconsidered.
The judge is not the knight-errant, roaming at will in pursuit of his own ideal of beauty or of goodness.
History or custom or social utility or some compelling sense of justice or sometimes perhaps a semi-intuitive apprehension of the pervading spirit of our law must come to the rescue of the anxious judge and tell him where to go.
Lawsuits are rare and catastrophic experiences for the vast majority of men, and even when the catastrophe ensues, the controversy relates most often not to the law, but to the facts. In countless litigations, the law Is so clear that judges have no discretion.
Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience.