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.
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.