By Howard Schweber
The USA built its personal method of the "common legislations" (the identify for felony ideas constructed by means of judges) within the mid-nineteenth century, leaving behind the criminal process inherited from England. This comparative examine of the improvement of yank legislations contrasts the reviews of North and South by way of a examine of Illinois and Virginia, supported by means of observations from six states. It has an unique comparative concentration highlighting the connections among criminal improvement, American political suggestion, and American political and fiscal improvement.
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V. Loomis, 13 Ill. 548, 1852; ISHA file # 11999, 2, 10). The construction of rail lines running across hundreds of miles of open farmland in the West, combined with resentment over the debacle of state railroad financing, created conflicts between rail and agrarian interests to a far greater degree than had been the case in the developed states of the Northeast (Jones, 1989: 247). Party politics offered little redress. States were in competition for markets, and the rail lines were the key to access.
For a review of studies of jury trial outcomes in nineteenth century tort cases, see Karsten, 1997: 255–91. The difference between appellate doctrine and trial practice is the difference between law as ideology and law as social custom. 0521824621c01 34 0 521 824621 October 9, 2003 8:20 The Creation of American Common Law, 1850–1880 persons. With the expansion in its scale, the legal function of salus populi also changed. From the definition of the outer limit of private property rights that defined the regulatory authority of local government, salus populi became the starting point for the definition of universal rights and duties.
0521824621c01 20 0 521 824621 October 9, 2003 8:20 The Creation of American Common Law, 1850–1880 that railroad cases posed for traditional common law doctrine. Tracks, rail yards, and the interiors of passenger cars were neither perfectly private nor perfectly public spaces. Where property-based claims of right were ambiguous, Butterfield v. Forrester pointed to the possibility of adjudication based on an evaluation of the plaintiff’s conduct as an exception to the essentially strict liability principle of sic utere and the focus on “relative rights exercised or position enjoyed” by the parties.