THE WRIT OF QUO WARRANTO

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THE WRIT OF QUO WARRANTO

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THE WRIT OF QUO WARRANTO IN MINNESOTA’S
LEGAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY:
A STUDY OF ITS ORIGINS, DEVELOPMENT AND USE TO ACHIEVE
PERSONAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND LEGAL ENDS
By
Jason Taylor Fitzgerald *
Abstract:

The ancient and extraordinary writ of quo warranto has been an integral legal
device in the development of Anglo-American society. The writ has also been a
critical component in Minnesota, particularly in the geopolitical development of
the state. Quo warranto has traditionally possessed a civic quality but has not
been a consistent feature of our political process. This article explores the
background of quo warranto and eventual adoption into Minnesota’s legal
history. Tracing the course of the writ, this article posits that quo warranto
should not be studied as a historical relic but rather a dynamic judicial device.
The history of quo warranto is compelling and intriguing, but even more
fascinating are the future potential uses of the writ and understanding
how and why the use of quo warranto ebbs and flows.
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