United States v. Shipp
February 7, 2012 9:52 PM Subscribe
posted by jedicus (30 comments total)
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The Supreme Court of the United States has held only one criminal trial in its history: United States v. Shipp
The Famous Trials
project has an excellent page on United States v. Shipp
, including primary sources, trial transcript excerpts, and contemporary newspaper accounts.
The case produced two opinions: United States v. Shipp
, 203 U.S. 563
(1906) (addressing preliminary matters and holding that the trial could proceed) and United States v. Shipp, 214 U.S. 386
(1909) (delivering the result in the trial).
It's not addressed clearly in the case, so in case you're wondering: the reason that the Supreme Court had original jurisdiction
in the case despite the limits of Article Three, Section 2
is that the Court had appellate jurisdiction over Ed Johnson's habeas corpus case, and thus had the power to issue necessary orders in aid of its jurisdiction, including holding state officials—such as Shipp—in contempt. Ex parte Young
, 209 U.S. 123 (1908); Act of Sept. 24, 1789, ch. 20, § 14
(the Judiciary Act of 1789).