Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Quote of the day

If we yielded to this contention of the plaintiff in error, we should render the sections invalid by giving them a strained construction, which would make them antagonistic to the law of congress. We cannot attribute to the legislature, unless compelled to do so by its plain words, a purpose to pass an act in conflict with an act of congress on a subject over which congress is given authority by the constitution of the United States. We are, therefore, of opinion that, fairly construed, the sections of the Military Code referred to do not conflict with the laws of congress on the subject of the militia.
        --Presser v. Illinois, 116 U.S. 252 (1886)

1 comment:

  1. I get it Laci, but do you?
    It doesn't mean what you think or want it to mean.