Program Details
Air Time: 
06/20/2014 - 3:30am - 3:59am
Program Service: 
Long Description: 
Loyalty on Trial, a 27-minute dramatic reenactment of Bayard v. Singleton, tells the story of Elizabeth Bayard, a North Carolina woman fighting to reclaim her "Loyalist" family's confiscated property after the Revolutionary War. Other players in this story include two future U.S. Supreme Court Justices, three governors of North Carolina, and the founders of the University of North Carolina, the country's first public university. Sixteen years before the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Marbury v. Madison established a national principle of judicial review, Bayard, in 1787, was the first reported case in which an American court struck down a legislative act as unconstitutional. Loyalty on Trial selects a seminal moment in our judicial history to consider a fundamental question for a constitutional democracy: "Should the legislature, or the courts, be the final arbiters of the law?"