Public Rights

In America, public rights, as compared to private rights, belong to citizens but are vested in and vindicated by political entities. Public rights cannot be vindicated by private citizens. A right must normally be a private right to be vindicated in court.

An exception to this general proposition is found in Flast v. Cohen. 392 U.S. 83 (1968). In Flast the American Supreme Court held that a private citizen could challenge the constitutionality of a federal tax if the citizen established "a logical link between status and the type of legislative enactment attacked . . . a nexus between that status and the precise nature of the constitutional infringement alleged."

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Lissadell House - Sale and Access Dispute
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Liverpool One - Criticism
... The Open Spaces Society has criticised the removal of public rights of way in the development area and fears that universal access to Liverpool's central streets may be ... The streets that make up Liverpool ONE still exercise 'public rights of way', in agreement with the city council ... Liverpool ONE has not removed any 'public rights of way' ...
Capital Punishment - History
... defend itself and demonstrate to enemies (as well as potential allies) that injury to property, rights, or the person will not go unpunished." However, in practice, it is ... such as shoplifting, petty theft, stealing cattle, or cutting down trees in public place ... Nearly all executions under the Tang took place in public as a warning to the population ...

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