Adam Clayton Powell and John Wilkes: An Analogue from England for the Men in the Marble Palace
56 Iowa Law Review 725, 1971
48 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2013 Last revised: 22 Feb 2015
Date Written: 1971
This paper considers the case of Powell v McCormack, regarding the unconstitutional exclusion of Adam Clayton Powell from the United States House of Representatives for misconduct. It considers arguments that can be made for supporting the action taken by the House, while acknowledging that there are powerful arguments militating against the wisdom of that action. Powell’s constituents had elected him and obviously his exclusion left them without representation. The paper discusses the similarities between the situation of John Wilkes and the English constitutional experience. The Wilkes case was raised in argument during Powell, and the paper considers the United States Supreme Court’s treatment of the English evidence.
Keywords: constitution, US Constitution, House of Representatives, Adam Clayton Powell, John Wilkes
JEL Classification: K19
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