Fletcher v. Peck

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  • Fletcher v. Peck
  • The dispute came about in 1795 when the Georgia legislators voted on granting 35 million acres of land and selling it for 1.5 cents per acre. The grant passed. All of the legislators were bribed to vote yes besides one.
  • Not me, I don't like to break the law.
  • Okay! we'll do it. Anything for some extra money, I mean it is 1795, it's not easy to get money nowadays.
  • Hey guys, I'll pay you to vote yes in the new land grant.
  • This land is very cheap, I'm gonna buy some and re-sell it for more later! I'm a genius
  • In the year 1800, John Peck bought the land for 1.5 cents per acre.
  • This is nice land, thanks Peck.... Nevermind, the sale has been voided!
  • In 1803, Peck later sold some 13,000 acres of the land to Robert Fletcher for $4.33 per acre, promising Fletcher a good title to the land. Later Fletcher found out that the sale of the land was voided by Georgia state law.
  • I still bought the land for that much, darn.
  • In 1810, Fletcher appealed to the Supreme Court. John Marshall ruled that Georgia had violated the Contract Clause of the Constitution when they repealed the grant and made all property sales void.
  • A contract already made cannot be repealed; that is Unconstitutional. Georgia is at fault, the Fletcher v. Peck case is dismissed. Georgia cannot repeal those grants
  • Nice!
  • The End
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