Jeff Sessions Praises 'Anglo-American Heritage' of Sheriffs During Speech

Jeff Sessions Praises 'Anglo-American Heritage' of Sheriffs During Speech

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday brought up sheriffs' "Anglo-American heritage" during remarks to law enforcement officia instatul ls in Washington.

If U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' reference to law enforcement's "Anglo-American" heritage was supposed to land during a speech earlier this week, it certainly missed with one person in attendance - Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

Rather than making a racial statement, however, Sessions was more likely referring to the fact that the position of "sheriff" is almost unique to areas that have historic ties to England. The sheriff as the enforcement wing of a local court is a unique feature of the English common law tradition from which our own legal system nearly entirely derives.

"I want to thank every sheriff in America", Sessions said. Why don't people just say what they believe like #JeffSessions "The Sherriff's department is a critical part of the Anglo American heritage of law enforcement". Brian Schatz: "Do you know anyone who says "Anglo-American heritage" in a sentence?" During the Civil War, the military became the primary form of law enforcement in the South, but during Reconstruction, many local sheriffs functioned in a way analogous to the earlier slave patrols, enforcing segregation and the disenfranchisement of freed slaves. "Before reporters sloppily imply nefarious meaning behind the term, we would suggest that they read any number of the Supreme Court opinions that use the term", he added.


But Rose said it was "dumber than a bag of hammers" to use the phrase, given its racially charged connotation in a politically divided time. A Senate committee denied him a federal judgeship in 1986 after some colleagues said he used racial slurs and joked about the Ku Klux Klan.

Only countries like the United States, who inherit their "common law" legal systems from that of England, keep the tradition of the sheriff alive.

Ian Prior, a spokesperson for the DOJ, claimed that Sessions' comments referred to a common term among lawyers, "Anglo-American law". "Or they could simply put "Anglo-American law" into Google", Prior said in a statement.

- nicki (@nickiknowsnada) February 12, 2018 This is the "Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement" Jeff Sessions was celebrating today.

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