higher law

noun

Definition of higher law 

: a principle of divine or moral law that is considered to be superior to constitutions and enacted legislation

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The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 But there is a potential cost to tarnishing the reputations of the nation’s highest law-enforcement agencies and officials. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Trump Claims Russia Probe Aims to Help Democrats in Midterms," 29 May 2018 The highest law enforcement officer in the state should step in now and say that he's got this. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018

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1593, in the meaning defined above

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