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The third part

A third leg to the consent tripod The age of consent has been an issue the last couple of days. Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist responded to a discussion on Facebook, and explained the difference between the age of consent (in criminal law) and the age of consent (in...

Land buying age

How old did you have to be…? It’s a common question, and yet another one landed in The Legal Genealogist’s emailbox first thing this morning: How old did someone have to be to buy land in (some common law jurisdiction) in (some early year)? Now you...

Review: a matter of degree

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Note: As we all struggle to come to terms with current events, it may prove helpful to look back at some of our history. Believing firmly that knowing how we got here may help us all see the way...

Those boring cases

Another look at admiralty law The judicial power of the United States, according to Article III of the United States Constitution, shall extend “to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made,...

Warranting distress

A stressful situation for all One sofa, valued at $10.00. Two carpets, another $10.00. A hearth rug, 50 cents. A table cloth and a looking glass, $3.00 each. A bureau, $8.00. Six chairs, $6.00. A small table, $2.50. A small glass, 50 cents. Blinds, $2.00. A rocking...