Therefore, the effectiveness of criminal law must be balanced against fundamental rights. As Blackstone famously wrote, [i]t is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer’ (nota de subsol 84: Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book the Fourth (Strahan, 1825), p. 358)).
Koen Lenaerts, Jose A. Gutierrez-Fons
(The European Court of Justice and fundamental rights in the field of criminal law în Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law, ed. Elgar, 2009, la p. 25)