Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 2/11/13: The Third Amendment

The 3rd Amendment states that “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”  The British practice of quartering troops in the homes of citizens was listed as one of the colonists’ grievances in the Declaration of Independence. Perhaps the least-cited and least litigated of Constitutional provisions, it was cited in the 1965 Supreme Court case of Griswold v. Connecticut as implying a Constitutional right to privacy. For discussion of this and other esoteric constitutional provisions, please visit by earlier blog entry here.


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Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 2/11/13: The Third Amendment — 1 Comment

  1. Hi– found this fact really interesting– as a civil law lawyer we don’t often think about ‘forgotten’ constitutional provisions. This one really evidences the historical roots of the Revolution and the context that shaped the writing of the constitution. well done.

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