Author: U.S. Supreme Court


McVeigh v. United States (1871)

In McVeigh v. United States, decided in 1871, the U.S. Supreme Court declares—in defiance of a decision by the federal judge John C. Underwood—that court proceedings under the Second Confiscation Act (1862) must establish that the owner of property about to be condemned by the U.S. government supported the Confederacy during the American Civil War (1861–1865). A judge could not declare that as fact beforehand.


Davis v. Crouch (January 1, 1876)

In Davis v. Crouch, a ruling delivered on January 1, 1876, the U.S. Supreme Court declines to assert jurisdiction in a case involving the estate of the Richmond slave trader Hector Davis. The decision was written by Chief Justice Morrison Waite, of Ohio.