WS>>lessons in sovereignty
carl william spitzer iv
cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Tue Oct 10 18:26:21 MDT 2000
"Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people."
Thomas Jefferson to I. Tiffany - 1816 "Justice is the
fundamental law of society."
Jefferson to P. Dupont, 1816 "Law is often the tyrant's
will, and always so when it violates the right of an indi-
vidual." --Thomas Jefferson to I. Tiffany, 1819
"Every government degenerates when entrusted to the rulers
of the people alone." --Thomas Jefferson:
Notes on Virginia, 1782 "Experience [has] shown that, even
under the best forms [of gevernment], those entrusted with
power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it
into tyranny." --Thomas Jefferson: Diffusion of Knowledge
Bill, 1779 "You have rights antecedent to all earthly gov-
ernments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by
human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the
Universe." --John Adams, Second President of the United
States "The jury has a right to judge both the law as well
as the fact in controversy." John Jay, 1st Chief Justice
United States supreme Court, 1789
"The jury has the right to determine both the law and the
facts." Samuel Chase, U.S. supreme Court Justice, 1796,
Signer of the unanimous Declaration
"the jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of
both law and fact." Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. supreme
Court Justice, 1902 "The law itself is on trial quite as
much as the cause which is to be decided." Harlan F.
Stone, 12th Chief Justice U.S. supreme Court, 1941 "The
pages of history shine on instance of the jury's exercise of
its prerogative to disregard instructions of the judge..."
U.S. vs Dougherty, 473 F 2nd 113, 1139, (1972)
"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null
and void. " Marbury vs Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174,
"Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved,
there can be no rule making or legislation which would
abrogate them" Miranda vs Arizona, 384 US 436 p. 491.
"An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no right; it
imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no
office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as
though it had never been passed." Norton vs Shelby County
118 US 425 p.442 "No one is bound to obey an unconstitution-
al law and no courts are bound to enforce it." 16th American
Jurisprudence 2d, Section 177 late 2nd, Section 256
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