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Politicizing the Courts and Undermining the Law in North Carolina

William E. Nelson

in The Common Law in Colonial America

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199937752
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199301539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937752.003.0006
Politicizing the Courts and Undermining the Law in North Carolina

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North Carolina was settled as an outpost of Virginia within the boundaries of the Carolina proprietary colony, and thus its law must be studied in comparison with that of its two neighbors. Unlike South Carolina and Virginia, North Carolina never developed a dominant economic and political center capable of producing significant wealth and sophisticated law. Its legal system remained underdeveloped in comparison with those of its neighbors, with the result that a political conflict in the 1720s between the colony's governor and chief justice tore the system apart. Law became completely politicized, and law enforcement totally collapsed at the end of the decade.

Keywords: law enforcement; outpost; political center; political conflict; politicization

Chapter.  7189 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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