• No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.

    Third Annual Message to Congress, 7 Dec. 1903. "No one is above the law" appears in the U.S. Supreme Court case Mississippi v. Johnson (1867) (arguments of counsel). Even earlier, "no officer ... is above the law" is found in a Kentucky Supreme Court case, Johnston v. Commonwealth (1809).
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