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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Ben Shapiro
    Benjamin Aaron "Ben" Shapiro (born January 15, 1984) is an American conservative political commentator, nationally syndicated columnist, author, radio talk show host, and attorney. A native of Los ...
  • John Laughlin (b. - 1939)
    John Laughlin Sr, was a prominent attorney in Pittsburgh. He founded the Duquesne University Law School and was the Dean of the Law School when he died in the late 1930's. From The origins of the nig...
  • Pvt. (CSA), William Wirt Byrd (c.1822 - 1873)
    Civil War Veteran Affiliation: Confederate Enlisted: June 3, 1861 Rank: Pvt. Co.: B Regt.: 135th Virginia Militia William Wirt Bird enlisted June 3, 1861, as a private in Company B, 135th R...
  • Judge Mark Byrd (1810 - 1883)
    From Ancestors of Samuel J. Davis & Sherry L. Kirk:Information about George Byrd: Mark was the Commonwealth's Attorney, served as a member of the House of Delegates and Convention of 1850, was a Judg...
  • Matt Gaetz, U.S. Congress
    Matthew L. Gaetz, II, a Representative from Florida; born in Hollywood, Broward County, Fla., May 7, 1982; graduated from Niceville High School, Niceville, Fla.; B.S., Florida State University, Talla...

'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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