Downes v. Bidwell

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Downes v. Bidwell by Edward Douglass White
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Downes v. Bidwell, 182 U.S. 244 (1901), was a case in which the United States Supreme Court decided whether United States territories were subject to the provisions and protections of the United States Constitution. This question is sometimes stated as "does the Constitution follow the flag?". The resulting decision narrowly held that the U.S. Constitution did not necessarily apply to territories. Instead, the United States Congress had jurisdiction to create law within territories in certain circumstances, particularly dealing with revenue, that would not be allowed by the U.S. Constitution for proper states within the union. It has become known as one of the "Insular Cases". — Excerpted from Downes v. Bidwell on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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United States Supreme Court

182 U.S. 244

DOWNES  v.  BIDWELL

 Argued: January 8, 9, 10, 11, 1901. --- Decided: May 27, 1901


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