To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Strike down assumed legality of granting personhood to corporations.

Corporations were never officially granted personhood by the U.S. Supreme Court. The question of whether corporations were legally deserving of "personhood" was not the issue in the 1866 case of 'Santa Clara County v Southern Pacific Railroad", which the Court heard, and has ever since been referenced as the precedent that corporations are legally people. The court reporter negligently or inadvertantly included comments made by The Supreme Court Chief Justice Waite outside of the proceedings during discussions before the case was brought in for deliberation. This error in reporting needs to be corrected and personhood status for corporations, rescinded or decided legally.

Why is this important?

Court Reporter Davis, placed The U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Waite's "pre-testimony statement" about “personhood” in the written Statement of Facts, with the statement, “The defendant Corporations are persons within the intent of the clause of section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,<snip>.
In effect, corporate personhood was not decided by the case "of Santa Clara County v Southern Pacific Railroad. The reporter had inadvertently included comments made by the Chief Justice outside the decision's scope. no one corrected the record and soon judges were referencing those comments as "precedent that corporations are people. We need a law which redresses this erroneous reporting of the court;s findings in that case.

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Reasons for signing

  • Corporations are absolutely not persons.