A late correction. The last sentence in the third paragraph of an article “Issues of judicial independence” (Op-Ed, September 10, 2009) was: “It reminds one of Thomas Fuller’s statement centuries ago: ‘Be you never so high, the law is above you.’” A reader points out that the word is “ever”. The original quotation by Thomas Fuller (1608 – August 16, 1661), English churchman and historian, is “Be ye ever so high, still the Law is above Thee.” Lord [Alfred Thompson “Tom”] Denning, the most celebrated English judge of the 20th Century, invoked this famous cry of Thomas Fuller, in the Goriet v Union of Postal Workers case (1970s), where he said, “It lies at the heart of the dedication of this country to the rule of law. ‘Be you ever so high the law is above you’ ….” (Lord Denning delivered around 2,000 reported judgments, often played a decisive role in developing the law and was influential around the Commonwealth and common law world.)

Australian High Court Justice Michael Kirby (who was on the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Project, and on the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO) used the quotation in a lecture delivered in London (1997) to the Justice, the British Section of the International Commission of Jurists.

It’s the stage and film actor J.V. Ramana Murthy. The caption of the photograph that went with a report “No funds, Telugu varsity told” (Hyderabad, September 19, 2009, Page 7) had it incorrectly as G. Ramana Murthy.

A report “Gay, Carmelita run second fastest ever” (Early editions, “Sport”, September 21, 2009) said that Carmelita Jeter overtook Marion Jones as the world’s second fastest woman over 100 metres when she clocked 9.64 seconds, while the results column gave it as Carmelita Jeter (USA) 10.64 seconds. The results column is right, as a reader points out.

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