This blog is 20 years old today

First post: February 24, 2003, with 40,000 or so posts since then on three different platforms.

More importantly, today is also the 262d anniversary of James Otis’ 1761 argument at the Boston Old State House against the writs of assistance in Paxton’s Case. Transcripts of the argument are here. (It was reargued Nov. 16, 1761.) See my 2011 post at the 250th anniversary.

As John Adams wrote and reported in the Legal Papers of John Adams (1968), this tension of this case was part of the impetus for the Revolution itself and the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights in 1791, fully 30 years later.

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