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Title: Amos T. Akerman to William H. Hooper, 4 December 1871

Date: December 4, 1871

Whitman Archive ID: nar.03510

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Dec. 4, 1871.

Hon. Wm. H. Hooper,

H. of R.

Washington, D. C.


In a conversation a few days ago, I referred to the possibility of obtaining a decision of the Supreme Court on the question of the legality of the juries in Utah, by bringing up a criminal case from the Supreme Court of the Territory, by writ of error, to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Without having examined the question, I was led to this error by an attempt, the fate of which is, as yet, undetermined, to obtain a review of the decision of a Territorial Supreme Court by the Supreme Court of the United States. Upon examining the question, I do not find that the Statutes authorize such a proceeding.

Very respectfully,

A. T. Akerman,

Attorney General.


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