November 23, 2013 10:14AM

Happy Repudiation Day!

Today (Nov. 23) is Repudiation Day, a special holiday recognized by law in Frederick County, Maryland, where I live. In 1765, judges here "became the first to repudiate the British Stamp Act designed to maintain the costs of keeping British troops in America. [They] decided they were not going to charge the tax and refused to stamp the documents ... The late Judge Edward Delaplaine called [them] the '12 immortal judges.'" More at the Wikipedia entry and in this 2006 column by Joe Volz at the Frederick News-Post (via Brian Griffiths, Red Maryland/Baltimore Sun). 

Can you think of any other holiday that celebrates judicial resistance to overweening government and onerous taxation? I can't.