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CHAT: civil law (was Existential clauses)

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 4:46
From:    John Cowan <jcowan@...>
> The civil-law notaire is quite a different thing, and -- except in > Louisiana and Puerto Rico -- unknown in the U.S.)
Really? Of course Louisiana does not have common law in its state courts, but PR? I thought all US territories and commonwealths, not being sovereign like the states, must operate according to Federal, and thus Common, law. Or do US commonwealths get special provisions? What about Guam, which was also under Spanish rule for centuries? ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


John Cowan <cowan@...>