Grenada County Supervisors v. Brogden - 112 U.S. 261 (1884)
U.S. Supreme Court
Grenada County Supervisors v. Brogden, 112 U.S. 261 (1884)
Grenada County Supervisors v. Brogden
Submitted October 22, 1884
Decided November 17, 1884
112 U.S. 261
That construction of a statute should be adopted which, without doing violence to the fair meaning of the words used, brings it into harmony with the Constitution.
A municipal subscription to the stock of a railroad company, or in aid of the construction of a railroad, made without authority previously conferred, may be confirmed and legalized by subsequent legislative enactment, when legislation of that character is not prohibited by the Constitution and when that which was done would have been legal had it been done under legislative sanction previously given.
Suit upon county bonds. Judgment for plaintiff. Writ of error to reverse it. The facts are stated in the opinion.