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American Courtiers

Player Description Position
Angelos, Peter Trial lawyer and owner of the Baltimore Orioles. IF
Bailey, F. Lee Criminal defense lawyer. OF
Bradwell, Myra First female lawyer in the US. P
Brandeis, Louis First Jewish member of the US Supreme Court. P
Brent, Margaret First female lawyer in the Americas (1638) 1B
Chase, Salmon   3B
Clark, Marcia Criminal prosecution lawyer. IF
Cleaver, Kathleen K.   P
Cochran, Johnnie Criminal defense lawyer. CF
Darrow, Clarence Criminal defense lawyer. RF
Kepley, Ada First female to graduate from a US law school (Union College of Law: 1870). LF
Lockwood, Belva First female to practice before the US Supreme Court (1879). 2B
Mansfield, Arabella First female to practice law in the US (Iowa: 1869). C
Marshall, Thurgood First black lawyer to win a case before US Supreme Court. P
Mason, Perry Lawyer in novels and television shows. P
O'Connor, Sandra D. First female member of the U.S. Supreme Court (1981). P
Ray, Charlotte E. First black female American lawyer (1850). SS
Ruffin, Lewis First black graduate of Harvard Law School IF
Siskind, Greg   OF
Sylvester Yellow Calf Lawyer in the novel American Indian by James Marsh. P
Thomas, Clarence Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. P
Team Management
Bonner, Adam Lawyer in the film Adam's Rib. Portrayed by Spencer Tracey. Manager
Biegler, Paul Lawyer in the flm Anatomy of a Murder. Portrayed by James Stewart. Coach
Simon, George Lawyer in the film Counsellor at Law. Portrayed by John Barrymore. GM
Reede, Fletcher Lawyer in the film Liar, Liar. Portrayed by Jim Carrey. Owner
The Park at Courtside. Seats 12,200 Park

A New Cosmic Underleague Team

The American Courtiers are a new cosmic baseball team. The Courtiers represent notable American lawyers and judges. The team was created on February 9, 2003 and entered the CBA on February 15, 2003.
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Are lawyers rascals or guardians of independent thinking? It's an open question. Dick the Butcher told us we should "kill all the lawyers." (Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2.) But the long history of human law suggests that those who practice and study this art are indeed valuable to the common good.
If any one bring an accusation against a man, and the accused go to the river and leap into the river, if he sink in the river his accuser shall take possession of his house. But if the river prove that the accused is not guilty, and he escape unhurt, then he who had brought the accusation shall be put to death, while he who leaped into the river shall take possession of the house that had belonged to his accuser.
from The Code of Hammurabi (1750 BCE)

Whoever is convicted of speaking false witness shall be flung from the Tarpeian Rock.
from the Twelve Tables (450 BCE)

Agreement of the Settlers at
Exeter in New Hampshire, 1639

Whereas it hath pleased the Lord to move the Heart of our dread Sovereigns Charles by the Grace of God King &c. to grant Licence and Libertye to sundry of his subjects to plant themselves in the Westerlle parts of America. We his loyal Subjects Brethern of the Church in Exeter situate and lying upon the River Pascataqua with other Inhabitants there, considering with ourselves the holy Will of God and o'er own Necessity that we should not live without wholesomne Lawes and Civil Government among us of which we are altogether destitute; do in the name of Christ and in the sight of God combine ourselves together to erect and set up among us such Government as shall be to our best discerning agreeable to the Will of God professing ourselves Subjects to our Sovereign Lord King Charles according to the Libertyes of our English Colony of Massachusetts, and binding of ourselves solemnly by the Grace and Help of Christ and in His Name and fear to submit ourselves to such Godly and Christian Lawes as are established in the realm of England to our best Knowledge, and to all other such Lawes which shall upon good grounds he made and enacted among us according to God that we may live quietly and peaceably together in all godliness and honesty. Mo. 8. D. 4. 1639 as attests our Hands.

Source: The Federal and State Constitutions Colonial Charters, and Other Organic Laws of the States, Territories, and Colonies Now or Heretofore Forming the United States of America Compiled and Edited Under the Act of Congress of June 30, 1906 by Francis Newton Thorpe Washington, DC : Government Printing Office, 1909.

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Published: February 15, 2003
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