Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee

(1816)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

Syllabus

The case includes a syllabus of the facts and background events of Martin v. Hunter's Lessee. The syllabus discusses the writ of error that brings the case before the Court, and it quotes Roane's Hunter v. Martin decision that “so much of the 25th section of the act of Congress to establish the judicial courts of the United States, as extends the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to this Court, is not in pursuance of the Constitution of the United States.” The syllabus chronicles the original state court case launched in April 1791 by Hunter against Martin and lists the facts of the case.

Story's Opinion of the Court

In Story's Martin v. Hunter's Lessee decision, he cites Roane's Hunter v. Martin decision and acknowledges the current case's complexity. He notes that the “people of the United States,” not the states, created the Constitution. The American people have the right to regulate and limit state powers under...

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