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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Richard Erik Oldenburg (1933 - 2018)
    Richard Erik Oldenberg Oldenburg was the director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from 1972 to 1995. He was born in Stockholm, brother of Pop Art sculptor artist Claes Oldenburg . The family m...
  • Gurdon Deming (1795 - 1864)
    Gurdon Deming Married Elizabeth Brainard Clark on 11 August 1819 He held the office of Chariman of the County Court and was the magistrate of Fayetteville for many years. Father: Josiah Deming b....
  • Major General Elihu William Nathan Starr (1812 - 1891)
    Major General Elihu William Nathan Starr
  • Walter Gordon Merritt (1880 - 1968)
    Second marriage to Mary N. Shawah: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Source: Newspaper Name Index, USA, Canada, and Australia
  • Judge John Ellis (1771 - 1846)
    Judge John Ellis

'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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