GiN Quotes: The Courts

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Not Paramount to Legislative Body

“(R)efusing or not refusing to execute a law to stamp it with its final character…makes the Judiciary department paramount in fact to the Legislature, which was never intended and can never be proper.”  -James Madison, letter to John Brown, October 1788

Undermines Country’s Fabric

“The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working underground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric…A judiciary independent of a king of executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Rictchie, December 25, 1820

An Irresponsible Body

“The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body, (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow,) working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little to-day and a little to-morrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821

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