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Constitutional Law Keyed to Shanor
Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee
Citation:14 U.S. (1 Wheat.) 304 (1816)
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A Virginia statute voided grants of land from the English crown. The Governor of Virginia subsequently conveyed land to David Hunter, who leased it to the plaintiff. Before the statute was passed, Lord Fairfax had granted the same land to Denny Fairfax. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals of Virginia in this case, and the Court of Appeals of Virginia refused to obey the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Court of Appeals argued that a federal law granting the Supreme Court appellate jurisdiction over state courts was unconstitutional.
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