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Historical Codifications of Federal Law Posted on Sep 25

“For some inexplicable reason, the early publications of the laws of the United States have not captured the attention of legal bibliographers as have the state session laws. If one may judge by the scarcity of commercial publications, it would seem that the federal laws   …Continue Reading Historical Codifications of Federal Law

Historical Codifications of Massachusetts Law Posted on Sep 17

Following up on yesterday’s blog post, “Word(s) of the Month – codification“, we can take a look at historical codifications of Massachusetts law. “The earliest codification of laws in Massachusetts was the 1649 codification, the Book of the General Lawes and Libertyes, which incorporated the   …Continue Reading Historical Codifications of Massachusetts Law

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Selected Secondary Sources Posted on Feb 2

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Selected Secondary Sources

Selected Secondary Sources From January 1, 2019 through January 30, 2019, Massachusetts Law Updates presented a daily series of blog posts showcasing the 30 Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution. In addition to the text of the Articles, the posts include   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Selected Secondary Sources

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Acknowledgments Posted on Feb 1

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments The series of Massachusetts Law Updates blog posts showcasing the 30 Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution, posted in January of 2019, would not have been possible had not the articles been drafted by John Adams at his kitchen table   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Acknowledgments

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – 30 Articles – Index Posted on Jan 31

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - 30 Articles - Index

From January 1, 2019 through January 30, 2019, Massachusetts Law Updates presented a daily series of blog posts showcasing the thirty Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution. Below, please find an index hyperlinked to those blog posts. Introduction Article 1 –   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – 30 Articles – Index

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 30 Posted on Jan 30

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 30

Three Branches of Government, Rule of Law In the government of this commonwealth, the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers, or either of them: the executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them: the judicial shall   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 30

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 29 Posted on Jan 29

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 29

On the Necessity of Impartial Administration of Justice Article 29 It is essential to the preservation of the rights of every individual, his life, liberty, property, and character, that there be an impartial interpretation of the laws, and administration of justice. It is the right   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 29

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 28 Posted on Jan 28

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 28

Limitations to Marital Law Article 28 (1780) No person can in any case be subject to law-martial, or to any penalties or pains, by virtue of that law, except those employed in the army or navy, and except the militia in actual service, but by   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 28

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 27 Posted on Jan 27

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 27

Quartering of Soldiers Article 27 (1780) In time of peace, no soldier ought to be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner; and in time of war, such quarters ought not to be made but by the civil magistrate, in a manner   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 27

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 26 Posted on Jan 26

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 26

Cruel or Unusual Punishment Article 26 (1780) No magistrate or court of law, shall demand excessive bail or sureties, impose excessive fines, or inflict cruel or unusual punishments. Article of Amendment, Article 116 (1982) Article 26 of part 1 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth is   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 26