Suppose, by some forced constructions of its authority (which, indeed, cannot easily be imagined), the Federal legislature should attempt to vary the law of descent in any State, would it not be evident that, in making such an attempt, it had exceeded its jurisdiction, and infringed upon that of the State?
But it is said that the laws of the Union are to be the SUPREME LAW of the land.
Judgment in cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law
This is the nearest approach that can be made to a causal law
of the traditional sort.
And this proposal of his gives rise also to further conjectures and inquiries; for some persons have doubted whether it is useful or hurtful to alter the established law
of any country, if even for the better; for which reason one cannot immediately determine upon what he here says, whether it is advantageous to alter the law
We were to be fitted for practice in the courts, not only by our reading, but by a season of pettifogging before justices of the peace, which I looked forward to with no small shrinking of my shy spirit; but what really troubled me most, and was always the grain of sand between my teeth, was Blackstone's confession of his own original preference for literature, and his perception that the law
was "a jealous mistress," who would suffer no rival in his affections.
as far as the law
permitteth) in justice to remember mercy; and to cast a severe eye upon the example, but a merciful eye upon the person.
Now this is the Law
of the Jungle--as old and as true as the sky;
The power to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law
of nations, belongs with equal propriety to the general government, and is a still greater improvement on the articles of Confederation.
No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws
thereof, escaping into another, shall in consequence of any law
or regulation therein be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.
In the earliest society the proprietors made their own wealth, and so long as it comes to the owners in the direct way, no other opinion would arise in any equitable community than that property should make the law
for property, and persons the law
In seeking the laws
of historical movement just the same thing happens.