The Cost of a Private Bill (Hint, It’s $200)
If a Tree Falls on Me in a National Forest, Will a Court Hear It?
Let’s pretend that it hasn’t been 5 months since I blogged…
I’m writing a section of my paper on torts, and as usual, I got distracted by something interesting. No, not internet kittens, although I am testing out WrittenKitten as a tool for giving incentives (pictures of puppies) to write. Anyways, after learning that the federal government is NOT responsible for torts under any theory of strict liability (the “sonic boom case” Laird v. Nelms 406 U.S. 797) I came across another interesting section of law: trees falling on people in national parks.
A Round Up of Recent Sovereign Immunity Cases
Incorporation, Selective and otherwise
So, this interesting thought came to mind while I was reading. The Bill of Rights (those cool first 10 amendments to the Constitution) did NOT originally apply to the states. I know right, crazy! They only applied to restrain the federal government. See Barron v. Baltimore in 1833 for the first example of this. Then, U.S. v Cruiskshank in 1876 reaffirmed this. Of course states had their own constitutions and bills of rights, but they didn’t have to match the big federal Bill of Rights.