"The European law of torture .  .  . was one of the worst blunders in the administration of justice in all of Western history.  .  .  . The abiding lesson is that coercion is the enemy of truth, and that efforts to tolerate and regulate coercion in the service of truth have routinely failed across the ages."


John H. Langbein, School of Law, Yale University, and author of Torture and the Law of Proof: Europe and England in the Ancien Régime. Chicago-London: University of Chicago Press, 1976, reprinted 2006) from which this quote was taken on p.xii