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Our Federalism


Legal Definition of Our Federalism

  1. :  a doctrine in federal jurisprudence that limits federal interference in state civil and especially criminal proceedings out of respect for the interests and policies of the states

Origin and Etymology of our federalism

from the language of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971), which proclaimed that “Our Federalism” represents “a system in which there is sensitivity to the legitimate interests of both State and National Government … ”

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capable of being understood in two ways

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