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Fletcher v. Peck

Fletcher v. Peck, case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1810, involving the Yazoo land fraud . The court ruled that an act of the Georgia legislature rescinding a land grant was unconstitutional because it revoked rights previously granted by contract. The decision was the first to declare a state legislative act unconstitutional.

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