And his “housekeeper” indeed doubled as his common law wife—perhaps the worst kept secret in Washington.
"They were boyfriend and girlfriend, common law, living together at one point," the younger Thomas Parkin replied.
This federal system is in stark contrast to the 49 states that have passed shield laws or have common law protection for sources.
She adjudged the case on its merits, as it would be handled by an administrator of the law—the common law we all must keep.
So much for equity; but common law also sustained its reputation.
Absolute freedom of the press, and of assembly guaranteed only by the common law.
Being illegal by the common law, they could not be enforced in the courts.
The genius of the common law, to which our ancestors were devoted, cried out against any such concession.
As he intended to profess the common law, he, took no degree.
The common law deemed all children to be illegitimate who had been born before marriage.
Law developed in the course of time from the rulings of judges, as opposed to law embodied in statutes passed by legislatures (statutory law) or law embodied in a written constitution (constitutional law). (See stare decisis.)
Note: The importance of common law is particularly stressed in the legal system of Britain, on which the legal system of the United States is based.