Scott Douglas Gerber

in A Distinct Judicial Power

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199765874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896875 | DOI:

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Massachusetts was among the most consequential of the original thirteen states. Many of the events that led to the Declaration of Independence took place there: the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and the shot heard—around the world—to mention three that have become American folklore. Massachusetts was also home to a number of the most influential figures in early American history: William Bradford, John Winthrop, James Otis, and John Adams. Most important for present purposes, Massachusetts, through the determined efforts of John Adams, played a leading role in the origins of an independent judiciary in the United States. This chapter chronicles the genesis of Adams's idea in Massachusetts.

Keywords: John Adams; independent judiciary; judicial power; William Bradford; Massachusetts; John Winthrop; James Otis

Chapter.  13840 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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