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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • James Turner Morehead (1799 - 1875)
    James Turner Morehead, lawyer, legislator, and congressman, was born in Rockingham County, the son of John and Obedience Motley Morehead. He attended the Reverend David Caldwell's school in Guilford ...
  • William Armistead Moore (1831 - 1884)
    William Armistead Moore, lawyer, judge, and Confederate officer, was the oldest of seven children of Susan Jordan Armistead and Augustus Moore of Edenton; he had four brothers and two sisters. His fa...
  • James Osborne Moore (1909 - 1988)
    James Osborne Moore, attorney and public official, was born in Wellston, Ohio, the son of James Osborne and Cordelia Richards Moore and the descendant of several noted families from the two Carolinas...
  • Clifton Leonard Moore (1900 - 1966)
    Clifton Leonard Moore, judge, was born in Pender County, the second of six children of William David and Ida Murray Moore. He was raised on a farm and as a boy helped his family with the chores, as d...
  • Bartholomew Figures Moore (1801 - 1878)
    Bartholomew Figures Moore, attorney, was born in Halifax County, the sixth child of James Moore of Virginia and his second wife, Sally Lewis Lowe of Edgecombe County. His father, the son of James and...

'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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