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That Dred-ed decision

Not even on Page One It wasn’t even front page news, one hundred and sixty years ago yesterday. It was only on page 4 of the New York Herald.1 In the Richmond (Virginia) Daily Dispatch, page 2.2 Most newspapers didn’t carry the news until March 9th, when...

Learning from the law

Not the politics of the day A toughening of immigration and naturalization laws sending a clear signal to immigrants that they are, in general, not welcome here. Even legal immigrants under threat of removal from the United States whenever the President deems them...

Born today

Two not-so-dissimilar men Today, the 19th of January, marks the anniversaries of the births of two remarkable American men. On this day in 1807, in Stratford Hall, Virginia, a son was born to the aristocratic Lee family. The child was named Robert Edward Lee.1 And on...

Dividing the land… redux

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Some years ago, The Legal Genealogist addressed the question of what a moiety was in a land record. And, of course, because a moiety in real estate creates a right to roughly equal shares,1 and...

Reading the law

Oh, the stories in those books So you start out reading a statute book of some of the very first laws in a jurisdiction, and practically the first thing you come across is a special law authorizing the movement of some prisoners awaiting trial for murder from one...