Apr. 25, 2018

"Dred Scott:
the Case for Collusion"

David T. Hardy

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April 25, 2018 Meeting

"Dred Scott: the Case for Collusion"

David T. Hardy
Tucson Attorney

In the judicial field, Dred Scott v. Sandford stands as the prime example of the law of unintended consequences. Chief Justice Taney sought to “stack the deck” in favor of slavery, create a perpetual roadblock to free-soilers and abolitionists, and squelch the rising Republican party. Instead, the decision fatally undercut Stephen Douglas’ campaign, ensured the election of Abraham Lincoln, and brought about the abolition of slavery.
But was this historic ruling the product of the lawyers’ collusion? The defendant, John Sanford, played so little a role in the case that the attorneys and the Court mis-spelled his last name as Sandford. All the evidence indicates that he had no claim to owning Scott; he had long since moved from St. Louis to New York City and become very wealthy there. The person who could assert a claim to Scott and thus should have been sued was his sister, Irene. And Irene had reasons to keep her name out of the case….

David T. Hardy is an attorney in solo practice, Tucson, AZ, and a member of the bar of the Arizona Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, and a number of federal Circuit and District Courts. He has published five books and 26 law review articles, which have twice been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and by 12 of the 14 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. One of the articles thus cited is Original Popular Understanding of the Fourteenth Amendment As Reflected in the Print Media of 1866-1868, 30 Whittier L. Rev. 695 (2009). Another article is Dred Scott, John San(d)ford, and the Case for Collusion, 41 Northern Ky L. Rev 37 (2014).

Mr. Hardy's book I’m from the Government, and I’m Here to Kill You: The True Human Cost of Official Negligence will be released in October 2017.

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Meal served at 6:30

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