Multi-paneled strip describing the case Dartmouth College v. Woodward.
Thus Mr. Wheelock, we, the Board of Trustees, have decided to fire you from the position of President of Dartmouth University.
NOO! Hmph! I'll get my revenge somehow!
The complaint submitted by Woodward for Wheelock present a good opportunity. If we, the state legislature, can successfully change the charter of Dartmouth, we could simultaneously change Dartmouth to conform to Democratic-Republican objectives while removing the pesky Federalists on the existing Board.
Yes, Mr. Marshall.
So, Mr. Woodward, the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth college is suing you for replacing them.
So, in summation, the fact the state went against the private contract, the charter, of the university, is inherently unconstitutional.
Thank you, Mr. Webster.
In conclusion, because the state government itself commissioned the charter, the state has the power to transform the university into a public institution.
Thank you, Mr. Woodward.
In a 5-to-1 vote, the court rules that states have no right to interfere in the obligations of a contract between two parties pertaining to a private or public corporation. Because the charter counts as a contract, the state legislature cannot interfere with its obligations. Thus, in any case, a government has no right to interfere in any contractual obligations of any company, public or private.