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  • The United States inherited its common law from Great Britain.
  • Alabama and common law pleading, for instance, was a subject so ethereal in nature that Henry passed it only by memorizing the book.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • ’—’You have determined, then, to abandon her to the common law?’ said Carlini.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In this there are several degrees: to pay every man his own is the common law of honesty: but to do good to all mankind, is the chancery law of honesty: and this chancery court is in every man’s breast, where his conscience is a Lord Chancellor.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe

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  • She was entitled to her widow’s dower At common law.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The office of justice of the peace I try’d a little, by attending a few courts, and sitting on the bench to hear causes; but finding that more knowledge of the common law than I possess’d was necessary to act in that station with credit, I gradually withdrew from it, excusing myself by my being oblig’d to attend the higher duties of a legislator in the Assembly.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Felony is a term of loose signification, even in the common law of England; and of various import in the statute law of that kingdom.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I do think, Judge Temple, that such dangerous amusements should be suppressed, by statute; nay, I doubt whether they are not already indict able at common law.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • In truth, while all men act under one common law that is termed nature, the varieties in their dispositions, modes of judging, feelings, and selfishness are infinite.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • The common law and statute law of England give it various meanings.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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  • When inequality of conditions is the common law of society, the most marked inequalities do not strike the eye: when everything is nearly on the same level, the slightest are marked enough to hurt it.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Amendment VII In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • Though it was clearly a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing freedom of speech, its Federalist proponents in Congress insisted, like Adams, that it was awar measure, and an improvement on the existing common law in that proof of the truth of the libel could be used as a legitimate defense.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • This repugnance naturally attains its utmost height in an absolute Government; and, on the other hand, the privileges of the courts of justice are extended with the increasing liberties of the people: but no European nation has at present held that all judicial controversies, without regard to their origin, can be decided by the judges of common law.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • But we must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech
  • But we must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.
    Winston Churchill  --  Churchill’s Sinews of Peace Speech
  • Most of these men were common-law prisoners, but I knew there would be some political prisoners among them.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • She had made a halfhearted start on a family tree, but on the paternal side, at least until her great-grandfather opened his humble hardware shop, the ancestors were irretrievably sunk in a bog of farm laboring, with suspicious and confusing changes of surnames among the men, and common-law marriages unrecorded in the parish registers.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Poor Bachelli was smitten by Helen and had been for years, even though he had a common-law Eritrean wife.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • On being invited to come in and be seated he joked and said he preferred to wait outdoors as he was only wearing work clothes until the Gaddy woman, said to be his common-law wife, came outside the frame structure.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • "Little Women" (twice), "The Common Law,"
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Yet this is set down by a great Lawyer for the common Law of England.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • ’Why, you’d have to go to Doctors’ Commons with a suit, and you’d have to go to a court of Common Law with a suit, and you’d have to go to the House of Lords with a suit, and you’d have to get an Act of Parliament to enable you to marry again, and it would cost you (if it was a case of very plain sailing), I suppose from a thousand to fifteen hundred pound,’ said Mr. Bounderby.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Rowan Academy: Common Law and Customs.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Takes ALICE’S hand) I stand on the wrong side of no statute, and no common law.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • ] [Footnote 585: Common law.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • From one of the little white tables between the cots Theresa picked up an opened book incautiously left there the night before, read below her gray mustache with the still inward smile of her greatboned face, its title—The Common Law, by Robert W. Chambers—and gripping a pencil in her broad earthstained hand, scrawled briefly in jagged male letters: "Rubbish, Elizabeth—but see for yourself."
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But when she hangs up, it is a man she knows, Belky’s common-law husband, whom she calls "papi.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Normally, officials would not permit a political prisoner to share the same vehicle with a common-law criminal, but I suspect they were hoping I would be intimidated by Nkadimeng, who I assumed was a police informer.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The copyright of authors has been solemnly adjudged, in Great Britain, to be a right of common law.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • In Great Britain, the copyright of authors is a right of common law.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • But the line between the different types of laws—common law, statute law, maritime law, ecclesiastical law, corporate law, and local laws and customs—still isn’t clearly defined.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Common-law prisoners were used to dish out the food to us and we would return to our cells to eat it.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The cooks—all of whom were common-law prisoners—kept the best food for themselves or their friends.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • To counterbalance the effect of these new political allies, the authorities also put a handful of common-law prisoners in our section.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • As for example, "That the Common Law, hath no Controuler but the Parlament;" which is true onely where a Parlament has the Soveraign Power, and cannot be assembled, nor dissolved, but by their own discretion.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • For the Judges of the Common Law of England, are not properly Judges, but Juris Consulti; of whom the Judges, who are either the Lords, or Twelve men of the Country, are in point of Law to ask advice.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Sometimes we would see a group of common-law prisoners working by the side of the road, and their warders would order them into the bushes so they would not see us as we marched past.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The time-honored, common-law concept of property—a man’s interest in and duties to that property—has become almost extinct.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Juries in the common-law courts of New York State determine disputed facts.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Pennsylvania doesn’t have a court of chancery, and its common-law courts have equity jurisdiction.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • In Pennsylvania, this is perhaps still more the case, for there is no court of chancery in that State, and its common-law courts have equity jurisdiction.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The nervous language of the Common Law,[585] the impressive forms of our courts, and the precision and substantial truth of the legal distinctions, are the contribution of all the sharp-sighted, strong-minded men who have lived in the countries where these laws govern.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Georgia has only common-law courts.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • We were immediately joined by a number of prisoners who had been held in the general section of the prison, a squat brick building not far from Section B. The general prison, known as sections F and G, contained about a thousand mostly common-law prisoners.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Their common-law courts have admiralty and, to a certain extent, equity jurisdiction.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Some may be determined in the course of the COMMON LAW and others in the course of the CIVIL LAW.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Their common-law courts have admiralty and some equity jurisdiction.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • In the courts of common law only, the trial by jury prevails, and this with some exceptions.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • With the exception of ourselves, all men at Pollsmoor were common-law prisoners, and their treatment was backward.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
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