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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • William Hooper Haigh, (CSA) (1823 - 1870)
    Civil War Veteran Affiiation: Confederate Enlisted: August 27, 1864 at Hanover co.,N.C. Rank: Pvt. Co.: C Regt.: 2nd North Carolina Artillery Captured: Jan. 15, 1865at Fort Fisher, N.C.; co...
  • Major Richard Cogdell Badger (1839 - 1882)
    Civil War Veteran Affiliation: Confederate Rank: Sgt., 3rd Sgt: Promoted to Sgt.Major June 3, 1861; Promoted to Capt. June 2, 1862; Promoted to Major July 15, 1862 Co.: K & C Regiment: 14th Nor...
  • George Edmund Badger (1795 - 1866)
    Biography George Edmund Badger From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Early Life Badger was born on April 17, 1795 in New Bern, North Carolina. Following a partial college education at Yale Colleg...
  • Publius Virgilius Lawson (1853 - 1920)
    Publius Virgilius Lawson (December 1, 1853 – December 1, 1920) was a lawyer, historian, manufacturer and politician from Menasha, Wisconsin.
  • Judge James C. Kerwin (1850 - 1921)
    James Charles Kerwin (May 14, 1850 – January 29, 1921) was an American jurist from Wisconsin. Born in Menasha, Wisconsin, Kerwin graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1875. In...

'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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