A Civil Wrong Deserves a Civil Remedy

Posted by Selby LighthillFeb 29, 20240 Comments

Show-cause order served on James Madison, Secretary of State, 1802; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States; Record Group 267; National Archives. (The document shows damage from the 1898 fire in the Capitol Building.)

"The very essence of civil liberty certainly consists in the right of every individual to claim the protection of the laws, whenever he receives an injury. One of the first duties of government is to afford that protection. [The] government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws, and not of men. It will certainly cease to deserve this high appellation, if the laws furnish no remedy for the violation of a vested legal right. . . ."

Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803)