United States Supreme Court

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Luther v. Borden: America, R.I.P.

by United States Supreme Court in 1849

Justice Woodbury concludes his dissent by arguing that the states cannot usurp Congress’s power to declare war in order to prevent political change.

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Luther v. Borden: Limiting Martial Law

by United States Supreme Court in 1849

Woodbury argues that the Dorr “War” presented no real threat to the Charter government and their declaration of martial law was made in error.

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Luther v. Borden: Political Questions

by United States Supreme Court in 1849

In his dissent from Taney’s opinion, Justice Woodbury began by agreeing that the Dorr War was a political matter best left out of the courts.