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October 12, 2012 1:41 PM Subscribe
How can I find out if and when a particular clause in the US Constitution has been invoked?
posted by synecdoche to law & government (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm specifically referring to Article 1, section 8, clause 10, the "maritime crimes clause." I'm interested in the phrase "Offenses Against the Laws of Nations," and how it has been interpreted by the courts. I want to know if its use has expanded beyond maritime piracy and into, for instance, acts of terrorism.
Is there some database I can use to find out when the specific clause has been cited? I have access to a good university library but am not familiar with the resources for this kind of legal research.