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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • LaVar Christensen
    LaVar Christensen (born August 18, 1953) is an American politician from Utah, serving as a Republican state representative from the state's 48th district. He served from January 1, 2003 through Decem...
  • John Thomas Manix (1888 - 1943)
    Residence : Greenfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA* Residence : Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA - 1900* Residence : Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA - 1910* Residence : Deerfield, Fran...
  • Gov. Happy Chandler, U.S. Senator (1898 - 1991)
    Albert Benjamin ("Happy") Chandler, Sr. (July 14, 1898 – June 15, 1991) was a politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He represented the state in the U.S. Senate and served as its 44th and 49th g...
  • Robert Lycurgus Bigham (1825 - 1863)
    Occupation: Lawyer and Farmer. He was listed as worth $10,500.00 in the 1860 census. Husband of Lavinia Edna Hodge. Son of Robert C. Bigham and Elizabeth Phillips Rice-Bigham. Children: 1. Robe...
  • Robert C Bigham (1797 - 1832)
    Source: Livingston County Cemeteries 1738-1976 dated 1977. Robert C. Bigham was born Sept,1797, Madison County KY, soon after his family moved from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina into Kentu...

'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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