Origins of Criminal Law Essay

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Origins of American Criminal Law

Angel Vance

Scott Levasseur

LEG 320


This weeks assignment is about the Origins of American Criminal Law. In my

paper I am going to talk about the fourteenth amendment to the US Constitution. The

Fourteenth amendment talks about the rights guaranteed privileges and immunities of

citizenship, due process, and equal protection. In section one of this amendment it states:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction

thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State

shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens

of the United States; nor
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But Congress

may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

In section four of the amendment it states: “The validity of the public debt of the

United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and

bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But

neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred

in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or

emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal

and void.”

And finally in section five of the amendment it states: “The Congress shall have

power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

While clearly establishing a national rule on national citizenship and settling a

controversy of long standing with regard to the derivation of national citizenship, the

Fourteenth Amendment did not

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