Somerset: Lord Mansfield and the Legitimacy of Slavery in the Anglo-American World *

@article{Wiecek1974SomersetLM,
  title={Somerset: Lord Mansfield and the Legitimacy of Slavery in the Anglo-American World *},
  author={William M. Wiecek},
  journal={University of Chicago Law Review},
  year={1974},
  volume={42},
  pages={14}
}
At Westminster on June 22, 1772, Lord Mansfield, Chief Justice of King's Bench, the highest common law court in England, delivered a brief oral opinion in the case of Somerset v. Stewart.' James Somerset, a black alleged to be the runaway slave of Charles Stewart, had sought a writ of habeas corpus to prevent Stewart from seizing and detaining him in England for shipment to Jamaica to be sold. As reported by Capel Lofft, Mansfield held: 
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