The Connecticut State Constitution is the only comprehensive analysis of the Connecticut Constitution and its individual provisions. In this fully revised second edition, Wesley W. Horton presents a comprehensive overview of Connecticut's constitutional historical development from 1635 to the present-spanning 375 years of constitutional history-and discusses cases of particular importance. Also included are a bibliographical essay, table of cases, tables relating to constitutional conventions and amendments, and a general index, offering significant sources for further study. The Connecticut Supreme Court has been a leader in developing state constitutional precedents independent of the precedents of the United States Supreme Court, such as in recent gay marriage and de facto school segregation cases. This book elaborates in detail on the rich Connecticut history concerning these and similar topics, often involving equal protection, due process or criminal procedure.
The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historical overview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research. Under the expert editorship of Professor G. Alan Tarr, Director of the Center on State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, this series provides essential reference tools for understanding state constitutional law. Books in the series can be purchased individually or as part of a complete set, giving readers unmatched access to these important political documents.
WESLEY W. HORTON is Partner at Horton, Shields & Knox, P.C. Mr. Horton began his law career as the law clerk to Chief Justice House of the Connecticut Supreme Court (1970 to 1971). and is one of the premier appellate lawyers in the state of Connecticut. Mr. Horton also serves as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's 52-member Professional Ethics Committee.
Series Foreword by G. Alan Tarr ; Foreword to the Second Edition by Chief Justice Ellen Ash Peters ; Note on Legal Citations ; Introduction ; Part One: The History of the Connecticut State Constitution ; Part Two: The Connecticut Constitution and Commentary ; Article I: Declaration of Rights ; Article II: Of the Distribution of Powers ; Article III: Of the Legislative Department ; Article IV: Of the Executive Department ; Article V: Of the Judicial Department ; Article VI: Of the Qualification of Electors ; Article VII: Of Religion ; Artilce VIII: Of Education ; Article IX: Of Impeachments ; Article X: Of Home Rule ; Article XI: General Provisions ; Article XII: Of Amendments to the Constitution ; Article XIII: Of Constitutional Conventions ; Article XIV: Of the Effective Date of this Constitution ; Bibliographical Essay ; Table of Cases ; Index ; About the Author