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AUTHOR: Charles Evans Hughes (1862–1948)
QUOTATION: The power of administrative bodies to make finding of fact which may be treated as conclusive, if there is evidence both ways, is a power of enormous consequence. An unscrupulous administrator might be tempted to say “Let me find the facts for the people of my country, and I care little who lays down the general principles.”
ATTRIBUTION: Chief Justice CHARLES EVANS HUGHES, “Important Work of Uncle Sam’s Lawyers,” American Bar Association Journal, April 1931, p. 238.

This reprinted an address to the Federal Bar Association, Washington, D.C., February 11, 1931, where the chief justice spoke of the “extraordinary development of administrative agencies of the government and of the lawyer’s part in making them work satisfactorily and also in protecting the public against bureaucratic excesses,” according to the article’s subtitle.