Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 5/4/15: Composition of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is provided for in Article 3, Section 1 of the Constitution, but only the Chief Justice is specifically mentioned (in Article 1, Section 3). The number of other “Judges of the Supreme Court”  (Article 2, Section 2) is … Continue reading

Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 4/20/2015: “Of the People”

While it is commonly thought that the phrase “of the people, by the people, for the people” is a description of our government that is found in the Constitution, the language actually comes from Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address. … Continue reading

Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 4/13/15: Taxation Without Representation

Since 2000, license plates for the District of Columbia display the slogan “Taxation Without Representation”, to reflect the fact that D.C. has no voting representatives in Congress. It does, however, send a non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives, and has … Continue reading

Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 4/6/2015: The Fugitive Slave Clause

The Fugitive Slave Clause is found in Article 4, Clause 3 of the Constitution, which states that “No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or … Continue reading