An illustration of Georgia State Senator James Jackson destroying records connecting him to the corrupt Yazoo land sale.

Fletcher v. Peck 1810

In Fletcher v. Peck (1810), the Supreme Court ruled that a grant to a private land company was a contract within the meaning of the Contract Clause of the Constitution, and once made could not be repealed. In addition to establishing a strict interpretation of the Contract Clause, the case marked the first time the Supreme Court struck down a state law on constitutional grounds...

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