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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • William W. Knight (1909 - 1981)
    ) William W. Knight (February 8, 1909 – February 19, 1981) was a lawyer, Oregon State Legislator, and publisher of The Oregon Journal newspaper. Commonly known as "Bill", Knight was born in Wi...
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
    . Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr., (born January 17, 1954) is an American radio host, activist, and attorney specializing in environmental law. He is the son of Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, Sr., the f...
  • W. Turner Logan (1874 - 1941)
    William Turner Logan (June 21, 1874 - September 15, 1941) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina. Born in Summerville, South Carolina, Logan attended the public schools, and was graduated fr...
  • John Calhoun Sheppard, Governor (1850 - 1931)
    John Calhoun Sheppard (July 5, 1850 – October 7, 1931) was the 82nd Governor of South Carolina from July 10, 1886 to November 30, 1886. Sheppard was born in Edgefield County and attended B...
  • Maj. Thomas Carr (c.1678 - 1737)
    Major Thomas Carr was appointed Justice for Caroline County at the time of its formation in 1728; he served in the Caroline court until his death (May 29, 1737). He has also been Justice in King Willia...

The justice system in the United States is one of the most unique in the world. It consists of two separate levels of courts, state and federal, that can peacefully co-exist under the concept of federalism . The type of court that a case is tried in depends on the law, state or federal, that was allegedly violated. Most of the laws that govern our day-to-day living are state laws; violations of federal law include offenses involving federal government employees, crimes committed across state lines (for example, kidnapping or evading arrest), and fraud involving the national government (such as income tax or postal fraud).

Was your ancestor an attorney? prosecutor? justice of the peace? judge? If so, he (or she) helped to maintain this unique system that guarantees our civil liberties, our right to a trial, the belief that we are innocent until proven guilty.

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