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Benjamin Curtis, who as you know, dissented from the Supreme court’s notorious decision in Dred Scott and who after resigning in protest from the high court served as counsel to president Andrew Johnson in the Senate impeachment trial.
Alan Dershowitz: (05:40)
Justice Curtis responded to these non criminal charges. Quote, “My first position is that when Congress speaks of treason, bribery, and other crimes and misdemeanors, it refers to and includes only high criminal offenses against the United States made so by some law of the United States existing when the acts complained of were done. And I say that this is plainly to be inferred from each and every one of the provisions of the constitution on the subject of impeachment.”
Benjamin Curtis (more quotes by Benjamin Curtis or books by/about Benjamin Curtis)
(1809-1874) Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Dissenting in Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. (19 How.) 393 (1857)
Impeachment, Constitution, Law, Treason, Bribery, Crime, Due Process, Integrity