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Michigan Law Review

1922

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Supreme Court's Construction Of The Federal Constitution In 1920-1921, Thomas Reed Powell Feb 1922

Supreme Court's Construction Of The Federal Constitution In 1920-1921, Thomas Reed Powell

Michigan Law Review

While the Constitution does not in terms forbid the United States, as it forbids the states, to pass any law impairing the obligation of contracts, the principle has become established that contracts made by the United States may create rights of which individuals may not be divested. This principle is attached to the Fifth Amendment's prohibition against depriving any person of property without due process of law. In applying this principle, United States v. Northern Pacific Ry. Co.2 held that a grant of land to a railroad to induce its construction is a contract, and that provisions for substituting indemnity …


Supreme Court's Construction Of The Federal Constitution In 1920-1921, Thomas Reed Powell Jan 1922

Supreme Court's Construction Of The Federal Constitution In 1920-1921, Thomas Reed Powell

Michigan Law Review

The difficulty of classifying cases on the police power has not evaporated since the review of decisions for the preceding year. The headings there suggested are used here. Classification on the basis of the objects of the legislation appears too precarious to be attempted with any confidence. It seems safer to work along the line of the subject matters with which the legislation deals. Certain topics are species of a wider genus, and thus the same case may be put in two or more groups. Readers who are dissatisfied with the classification adopted may be assured of the sympathy of …