Marshall Law For Dummies

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Everything I know about Marshall Law in America couldn’t cover a 50-word article. So, since many here seem to think it is a good idea, I did some research.

What is Martial Law?

“Martial law” has no established definition. But, there are reasons for when it can be imposed. (See next question.)  In general terms, these are the “features”;

— used in an emergency (see next question)

— the military replaces civilian authority

— local police no longer enforce laws … soldiers do

— military officers, not elected officials, make policy decisions

— military tribunals replace civilian courts.

When is it usually declared?

Mostly in times of labor disputes (29 times), civil unrest (11), insurrection (7),  natural disaster (4), and war or invasion (2), and 15 “other” times (see link in next question), including three separate times over “a nonviolent dispute between the state government and oil producers over oil production limits”. The link in the next question has a brief synopsis of every instance.

Is it rare in the United States?

This site  (here)   claims Martial law has been declared at least 68 times. Doesn’t seem rare to me.

What happens when it is declared?

At a minimum, certain civil liberties almost certainly be suspended for an indefinite period of time, such as, but not limited to;  the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association, freedom of movement, and the writ of habeas corpus (the right to a trial before imprisonment).

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