Legal Question in Constitutional Law in Maryland

Where in the constitution does it state anything about secession? What exactly does the us constitution say? Basically, is it legal to secede?

Asked on 10/17/13, 7:21 pm

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Edward Hoffman Law Offices of Edward A. Hoffman

The constitution does not say anything about secession. And no, it isn't legal. The Supreme Court said in Texas v. White, 74 U.S. 700 (1869) that states may not leave the union unilaterally, but that they might be able to if the other states consent. Whether that would actually work has never been decided, since it has never come up.

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Answered on 10/17/13, 8:43 pm

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