This Month in New Bern, November 2016

On November 26, 1787Bayard v. Singleton, a landmark North Carolina court case that set a precedent for the exercise of judicial review, was decided in New Bern. That year, Elizabeth Cornell Bayard filed suit to reclaim lands and property of her father, Samuel Cornell, which had been confiscated at the close of the American Revolution because of Cornell’s loyalist sympathies. Although the Court decided against Bayard, the Bayard v. Singleton case set the precedent for judicial review within the American legal system.
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