Snyder v. United States - 112 U.S. 216 (1884)
U.S. Supreme Court
Snyder v. United States, 112 U.S. 216 (1884)
Snyder v. United States
Submitted November 4, 1884
Decided November 17, 1884
112 U.S. 216
A general verdict, upon an information in several counts for a single forfeiture under the internal revenue laws, is valid if one count is good.
A verdict which speaks of "evaluating," instead of "valuing," is not therefore insufficient to support a judgment.
This was an information in several counts under section 3372 of the Revised Statutes, for the forfeiture of the tobacco, machinery, tools and materials in a tobacco manufactory, for violations of the internal revenue laws. The property was released upon the claimant's giving a bond to abide the final decree. The claimant demurred to the information as not setting forth any facts warranting the seizure or forfeiture of the property. The demurrer was overruled, the claimant filed an answer, and upon a trial a verdict was returned in this form "We, the jury, find a verdict for the government, evaluating the goods and machinery seized at a sum of one thousand dollars." The claimant moved, in arrest of judgment, that several of the counts were insufficient, and that the verdict was general upon all the counts, and was vague and uncertain, and not responsive to the issue. The motion was overruled, and judgment rendered for the United States, and the claimant sued out a writ of error.