Sketches of the Lives and Judicial Services of the Chief-Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

Sketches of the Lives and Judicial Services of the Chief-Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: embarrassed or troubled with them; but by the constitution of the Court the evidence must go to the jury." Of course the jury, under this charge of the presiding judge, at once found a verdict of guilty. Williams was sentenced to four months' imprisonment, and to pay a fine of one thousand dollars. Pleading guilty to another indictment for a similar olfence, a like sentence was passed upon him by the Court. " So much for naturalization acts," says a prominent Federalist of the day. " The jacobins are impudent and eross; they think they gain ground; they are mistaken.." It is scarcely necessary here to remark, that the role so decisively laid down by Ellsworth in Williams' case, was widely at variance with the popular doctrines of the day, and is in direct conflict with the whole policy and practice of the government since that time. It, indeed, goes far to justify the claims set up by Great Britain in the war of 1812, and if recoguized by the government as a rule of international law, would strike at the foundation of the right asserted and exercised by the United States of protecting adopted citizens even against the wrongful acts of the government claiming their allegiance. This right has been ably and trinmphantly vindicated since that time, and may be regarded, so far as the intercourse of this country with foreign nations is concerned, as a settled principle of international law. It must be confessed, however, that the Courts have not fully sanctioned the doctrine; but that on the contrary, though never applying it in its full extent, as it was laid down in Williams' case, they have in one or two instances been inclined to consider the common-law principle of perpetual allegiance more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123692083X
  • 9781236920836