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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Alcibiades DeBlanc (1821 - 1883)
    From Wikipedia (English) : Jean Maximilien Alcibiades Derneville DeBlanc (September 16, 1821 – November 8, 1883) was a lawyer, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, served as a Colonel for the Conf...
  • Col James Henry Howe (1827 - 1893)
    James Henry Howe (December 5, 1827 – January 4, 1893) was known for his position as a United States federal judge. from Born in Turner, Maine, Howe began to study law in 1848 with his uncle ...
  • Neil S. McCarthy (1888 - 1972)
    Neil Steere McCarthy (May 6, 1888 – July 25, 1972) was an American corporate and film industry lawyer, and a Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder. Biography A third-generation Los Angele...
  • Samuel Farrand, Esq. (1681 - 1750)
    Samuel Farrand, Esq., from Milford, s. in 1. of Joseph Wheeler, purch. of John Medlis in 1711 half of house lot of Sam. Plum for 85 pound current money of New York; was g. s. of Nathaniel of Milford 16...
  • Robert M. Charlton, U.S. Senator (1807 - 1854)
    Robert Milledge Charlton (January 19, 1807 – January 18, 1854) was an American politician and jurist. He served as a Senator representing Georgia from 1852 to 1853. Charlton was born in Sava...

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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