Chapman v. United States - 164 U.S. 436 (1896)
U.S. Supreme Court
Chapman v. United States, 164 U.S. 436 (1896)
Chapman v. United States
Submitted November 2, 1896
Decided November 30, 1896
164 U.S. 436
This Court has no jurisdiction to review, on writ of error, a judgment of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia in a criminal case, under § 8 of the act of February 9, 1893, c. 74, 27 Stat. 434.
Chapman was indicted in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia for an alleged violation of section 102 of the Revised Statutes in refusing to answer certain questions propounded to him by a special committee of the Senate of the United States appointed to investigate charges in connection with proposed legislation then pending in the Senate. To this indictment the defendant demurred on the ground, among others, that section 102 of the .Revised Statutes was unconstitutional, and that therefore the court was without jurisdiction in the premises. This demurrer was overruled by the trial court and its judgment thereon affirmed by the Court of Appeals of the District. 5 D.C.App. 122. Defendant was thereupon tried and convicted, and, motions for new trial and in arrest of judgment having been made and overruled (the question of the constitutionality of section 102 being raised throughout the proceedings), was sentenced to be imprisoned for one month in jail and to pay a fine of one hundred dollars, which judgment was affirmed on appeal. 24 Wash.Law Rep. 251.
A writ of error from this Court was then allowed, 24 Wash.Law Rep. 297, which the United States moved to dismiss.