Jeremy Bentham, 1748 - 1832, was an English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He argued in favour of individual and economic freedom, including separation of church and state, freedom of expression, equal rights for women, etc. He was a quite a heavyweight in his day.
I recently had reason to be reading up on juries, and came across this fabulous quote from Mr. Bentham. I've adjusted the language to be a little more contemporary.
"Is appointing judges from bar associations not exactly the same as appointing school-mistresses and governesses from brothels?"