Ex Parte Gordon - 104 U.S. 515 (1881)
U.S. Supreme Court
Ex Parte Gordon, 104 U.S. 515 (1881)
Ex Parte Gordon
104 U.S. 515
1. A writ of prohibition will not be issued to a district court of the United States sitting in admiralty wherein a libel claiming damages was filed against a steamer for drowning certain seamen of a vessel with which, as she was navigating the public waters of the United States, the steamer, as was alleged, wrongfully collided.
2. That court, having jurisdiction of the steamer and of the collision which is the subject matter of the snit, is competent to decide whether, under the circumstances, it may estimate the damages which one person has sustained by the killing of another.
The facts are sufficiently stated in the opinion of the Court.