Severity of lawbreaking in legally well-informed societies
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A crime done in a society well-informed of the law is more severe than in one done in a society where the law is less well-known.
Where the law is publicly, and with assiduity, before all the people read and interpreted, a fact done against it is a greater crime than where men are left without such instruction to enquire of it with difficulty, uncertainty, and interruption of their callings, and be informed by private men: for in this case, part of the fault is discharged upon common infirmity; but in the former there is apparent negligence, which is not without some contempt of the sovereign power.
Hobbes, Lev XXVII 34