The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that slavery isn’t an unconstitutional practice and that the government can’t keep a slave from selling his own children
The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a federal law that would have forced slave owners to “sell” their slaves, reversing a decades-long legal fight that the court called “deeply disturbing.”
The law, passed in 2014, was opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
It barred states from removing slaves who sold their children, and it required owners to pay child support and court fees to the government.
President Donald Trump, who signed the law in January, called it “a disaster for the black family.”
The U: Supreme Court struck down the federal law as unconstitutional and held that states can’t remove slaves from homes that they sold their own children.
The court said states can still use the law to keep slaves, but only to protect their children.
It was the first time a U.N. human rights body has considered slavery a form of slavery.
The law was passed amid the 2014 death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who had been in slavery in Mississippi.
A slave owner who was selling his slave’s children to a family in Indiana said the law would have prevented the family from being free of slavery after they had reached adulthood.
The family said the Supreme Court ruling is the first of its kind.
In a separate case, the U.K. Supreme Justice ruled Friday in favor of an American woman who was charged with selling her daughter to a man who was jailed for trafficking her into the U and later killing her.
The woman was not charged in the death of her daughter, but was convicted of trafficking her and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
She appealed to the Supreme Courts of the U, U. S., and Canada to overturn the conviction.
The Supreme Courts ruling said the woman’s conviction was “irreconcilable with a well-established principle of the law of human rights.”