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Kelly Vs. Hedden - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
CourtUS Supreme Court
Decided On
Case Number124 U.S. 196
AppellantKelly
RespondentHedden
Excerpt:
kelly v. hedden - 124 u.s. 196 (1888) u.s. supreme court kelly v. hedden, 124 u.s. 196 (1888) kelly v. hedden argued december 13-14, 1887 decided january 9, 1888 124 u.s. 196 error to the circuit court of the united states for the southern district of new york syllabus the distinction between this case and whitney v. robertson, ante, 124 u. s. 190 , does not warrant a different disposition of it. this was an action to recover back duties alleged to have been illegally exacted. it was argued with whitney v. robertson, ante, 124 u. s. 190 . mr. justice field delivered the opinion of the court. this case, except in one particular, presents the same questions considered and determined in .....
Judgment:
Kelly v. Hedden - 124 U.S. 196 (1888)
U.S. Supreme Court Kelly v. Hedden, 124 U.S. 196 (1888)

Kelly v. Hedden

Argued December 13-14, 1887

Decided January 9, 1888

124 U.S. 196

ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

Syllabus

The distinction between this case and Whitney v. Robertson, ante, 124 U. S. 190 , does not warrant a different disposition of it.

This was an action to recover back duties alleged to have been illegally exacted. It was argued with Whitney v. Robertson, ante, 124 U. S. 190 .

MR. JUSTICE FIELD delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case, except in one particular, presents the same questions considered and determined in Whitney v. Robertson, ante, 124 U. S. 456 . The exceptional circumstance is this -- that the act of 1883, under which the duties were levied and collected to recover which the action is brought, declares that nothing in it

"shall in any way change or impair the force and effect of any treaty between the United States and any other government, or any laws passed in pursuance of or for the execution of any such treaty, so long as such treaty shall remain in force in respect of the subjects embraced in this act."

22 Stat. 525. The most that can be conceded to this provision is that it leaves a previous treaty relating to the same subjects unaffected by the act. Our observations in the former case as to the effect of subsequent legislation in conflict with the stipulations of a treaty are therefore inapplicable to the present case. But all other considerations as to specific exemptions in return for special concessions remain, in answer to the alleged contention

Page 124 U. S. 197

of the plaintiffs that articles, the produce and manufacture of the Island of San Domingo should be admitted free of duty because similar articles, the produce and manufacture of the Hawaiian Islands, are thus admitted.

Judgment affirmed.


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