states rights

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states'′ rights′
the rights belonging to the states, esp. with reference to the strict construction of the Constitution by which all rights not delegated to the federal government belong to the states.
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It is the job of Attorney Generals to protect states rights as written under the tenth amendment.
States Rights Gist; a South Carolina general of the Civil War.
It is the Court may choose a compromise, which recognizes the Court has two other states' rights cases before it and so finesses a plausibly politically seditious conservative versus liberal confrontation over greater expansion of a supreme federal power versus so-called states rights.
Jackson apparently wanted to hold onto United States rights until Michael Jackson's legal troubles are resolved.