above the law


: not required to obey the law
No one is above the law.

Examples of above the law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Magna Carta is a 13th century English treaty which established that nobody was above the law. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 10 May 2024 Trump’s position, Smith told the court, has no grounding in the Constitution, the nation’s history or Americans’ understanding that presidents are not above the law. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 That, too, seemed like a no-brainer at the time, and the court duly held that Clinton could not be treated as above the law. Noah Feldman, The Mercury News, 6 Mar. 2024 The days of Disney controlling its own government and being placed above the law are long gone. Rob Wile, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2024 But no one, including the president, is above the law. David Lightman, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024 Our nation is the beacon of freedom and opportunity, but also of personal responsibility where no one is above the law, including our president. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 16 Jan. 2024 This week, former President Trump will ask a D.C. appellate court — and soon after, likely the Supreme Court — to effectively rule that, well, actually, sometimes a president should be above the law. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2024 Anything short of his disqualification to ever hold office will signal America’s precipitous decline in stature and its supposedly unbiased commitment that no one is above the law. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024

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“Above the law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/above%20the%20law. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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