Constitutional Law

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Tee-Hit-Ton Indians v. United States

Facts

Plaintiffs, an Alaskan tribe, argue that they have full ownership of the disputed property – which is a national forest – because they have resided there as a tribe for centuries.  At a minimum, Plaintiffs argue they have right to “unrestricted possession.”  Part of their...

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McCulloch v. Maryland

 

Facts

In 1818 Maryland’s legislature passed and enacted a law that taxed all banks in the state of Maryland not established by the state itself.  It required all of these banks to issue bank notes on a particular form of paper and stamp that was issued by the state of Ma...

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Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee

Facts

Virginia established a law during the Revolutionary War giving the state the authority to confiscate the property of British Loyalists. Defendant was given a grant of land by the State after the land was seized by the State of Virginia.  Plaintiff originally held the land granted ...

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Marbury v. Madison

Facts

In the final days of John Adams’ presidency he appointed a multitude of justices of the peace under the “Organic Act” deliberately because the oncoming President Thomas Jefferson would not.  The commissions were signed and sealed but were not delivered.  President Jefferson...

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Johnson & Graham’s Lessee v. M’Intosh

Facts

Two grants were made over the same parcel of land. The first was made from two Indian tribes to P in 1773 prior to the American Revolutionary War.  A second grant was made by the United States to D.  In the second grant, the United States had received the land by virtue of its ca...

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