The West Wing

Season 4 Episode 8

Process Stories

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 13, 2002 on NBC



  • Allusions

    • Jed Bartlet: "But let's go down, way down, to the Deep South and the humid bayou of Louisiana and its nine electoral votes. What manner of man it must take to win the state, which, by the way, is the only one operating under the Napoleonic Code of France."

      The laws of Louisiana, like those of Quebec, Spain, Denmark, and other countries, is based on the Napoleonic Codes of France, while laws in other U.S. states and territories are based on English common law. The main difference between the two is that the Napoleonic Code is civilian law based on research and the drafting of code into law by the legislative branch, while English common law is based on judicial branch decisions which set precedent for new law.