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Lord chancellors and judges and other magistrates have not only been impeached for bribery, and acting grossly contrary to the duties of their office, but for misleading their sovereign by unconstitutional opinions, and for attempts to subvert the fundamental laws and introduce arbitrary power.

He was summarizing impeachment under English law. The impeachment concept was borrowed by the Founding Fathers in the U. S. Constitution. See {584247}.

Joseph Story, 1779-1845, U. S. Supreme Court Justice, Commentaries on the Constitution

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Joseph Story
Joseph Story
  • Born: September 18, 1779
  • Died: September 10, 1845
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Judge

Joseph Story was an American lawyer and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1812 to 1845, during the Marshall Court and early-Taney Court eras. He is most remembered for his opinions in Martin v. Hunter's Lessee and The Amistad case, and especially for his magisterial Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, first published in 1833. Dominating the field in the 19th century, this work is a cornerstone of early American jurisprudence. It is the second comprehensive treatise on the provisions of the U.S. Constitution and remains a critical source of historical information about the forming of the American republic and the early struggles to define its law.

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