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The impeachment of Shippen and his colleagues was sparked by widespread distrust of the legal profession, as well as democratic opposition to the Common Law, i.e., law made by judges from the Bench rather than by duly elected legislatures. The ground of impeachment was the judges' sentencing of Thomas Passmore to jail for thirty days and their imposition of a $50 fine for a "supposed contempt." It was argued that punishment for contempt of court was a piece of the loathed English Common Law, and unsuited to the egalitarian American social order.
This Report contains all the proceedings, from soup to nuts, with debates focusing on the inherent power of the people to make the laws and to call their rulers to account; the nature and proper use of the remedy of impeachment; the role of the Common Law in the adjudication of cases in a democratic republic.
FIRST EDITION. Cohen 14527. Marvin 363. II Harv. Law Cat. 1188. Item #35573