Constitutional Law

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Calder v. Bull

Facts

In a disagreement over a well, the reviewing court refused to acknowledge/enforce the will. The would-be recipients (defendants) appealed and had the judgment set aside.  Defendants were only able to do so because the Connecticut legislature passed a law authorizing the extension ...

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Baker v. Carr

Facts

Plaintiff sued the Secretary of State of Tennessee for the legislature’s failure to redraw legislative voting districts since 1901.  He alleged that such a failure was a violation of Tennessee’s Constitution because they were supposed to do so every ten years.  He argued that...

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Allen v. Wright

Facts

The IRS undertook a policy that no longer granted tax-exempt status to private schools that could be shown to racially discriminate.  Plaintiffs sued Defendant and other private schools for injunctive relief on the grounds that they had not met the standards required by the IRS to...

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United States v. Comstock

Facts

A group of convicted sex offenders sought to dismiss petitions that attempted to indefinitely “commit” them under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. At trial, the federal district court dismissed the petitions. On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the dism...

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The Yosemite Valley Case

Facts

Congress granted Yosemite territory to California prior to a settler entering the land, buildings a house, fencing it, and cultivating the land.  That settler, upon improving it, sold his land to James Mason Hutchings for $400 in gold and moved onto the land.  It was Hutchings’...

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