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Fletcher v. Peck - Significance, Land Grabs And Corrupt Legislators, Innocent Third Parties, Contracts And The Constitution, Ex Post Facto Law

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Appellant

Robert Fletcher

Appellee

John Peck

Appellant's Claim

Peck had purchased some land from the state of Georgia, which he later sold to Fletcher. Subsequently, the Georgia state legislature rescinded the original sale to Peck. Fletcher's claim was that he had bought the land in good faith and that Peck was guilty of breach of contract.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Luther Martin

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

John Quincy Adams, Robert Goodloe Harper, Joseph Story

Justices for the Court

Samuel Chase, William Cushing, William Johnson, Henry Brockholst Livingston, John Marshall (writing for the Court), Thomas Todd, Bushrod Washington

Justices Dissenting

None

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

16 March 1810

Decision

That a legislature could repeal or modify the acts of a preceding legislature, but it could not invalidate a previously made contract.

Related Cases

  • Dartmouth College v. Woodward, 4 Wheat. 519 (1819).
  • Sturges v. Crowninshield, 4 Wheat. 122 (1819).
  • Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge, 11 Pet. 420 (1837).
  • Dodge v. Woolsey, 18 How. 331 (1856).

Sources

Baltimore Law Review, Vol. 21, 1992.

Sources

Knappman, Edward W., ed. Great American Trials. Detroit, MI: Visible Ink Press, 1994.

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