A Treatise on Federal Impeachments: With an Appendix Containing, Inter Alia, an Abstract of the Articles of Impeachment in All the Federal Impeachments in this Country and in England

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Law Association of Philadelphia, 1916 - Impeachments - 230 pages

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Page 116 - May it please your majesty, I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me...
Page 48 - A crime, or misdemeanor, is an act committed, or omitted, in violation of a public law, either forbidding or commanding it.
Page 31 - The constitution unavoidably deals in general language. It did not suit the purposes of the people, in framing this great charter of our liberties, to provide for minute specifications of its powers, or to declare the means by which those powers should be carried into execution.
Page 218 - I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of -- , now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.
Page 201 - Washington, and all orders and instructions relating to military operations issued by the President or Secretary of War shall be issued through the General of the army, and in case of his inability, through the next in rank.
Page 44 - The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offences which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.
Page 31 - It could not be foreseen what new changes and modifications of power might be indispensable to effectuate the general objects of the charter ; and restrictions and specifications, which, at the present, might seem salutary, might, in the end, prove the overthrow of the system itself. Hence its powers are expressed in general terms, leaving to the legislature, from time to time, to adopt its own means to effectuate legitimate objects, and to mould and model the exercise of its powers, as its own wisdom,...
Page 32 - treason, felony, or other crime," in their plain and obvious import, as well as in their legal and technical sense, embrace every act forbidden and made punishable by a law of the State. The word " crime " of itself includes every offence, from the highest to the lowest in the grade of offences, and includes what are called " misdemeanors," as well as treason and felony.
Page 34 - shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment;" and Whereas a rebellion now exists whereby the loyal State governments of several States have for a long time been subverted, and many persons have committed and are now guilty of treason against the United States; and Whereas, with reference to said rebellion and treason, laws have been enacted by Congress...
Page 32 - In expounding the Constitution of the United States," said Chief Justice Taney in Holmes v. Jennison, 14 Pet. 540, 570, 571, "every word must have its due force, and appropriate meaning; for it is evident from the whole instrument, that no word was unnecessarily used, or needlessly added.

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