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Our evolving legal system

April 7, 2013
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

In his March 31 letter to The News and Sentinel, a writer from Waterford, Ohio, asserted local officials, such as sheriffs, "are free to independently interpret the acts of Congress." He implied "common-law jurisdiction" allows these officials to sidestep "federal bureaucracy" and choose which laws they want to enforce. This is patently false because of the tenets of the "supremacy clause" of the U.S. Constitution. By his assertions, the writer is doing a grave disservice to the very system of Constitutional law that he claims to uphold.



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