Stickney v. Kelsey - 209 U.S. 419 (1908)
U.S. Supreme Court
Stickney v. Kelsey, 209 U.S. 419 (1908)
Stickney v. Kelsey
Submitted March 20, 1908
Decided April 6, 1908
209 U.S. 419
A ruling by the highest court of the state sustaining the method of proving the existence of a law of that state presents no federal question.
Where the language of the appellate court is ambiguous, if it may be taken as a declination to pass upon a question not necessary to the decision, this Court will not, in order to aid a technical and nonmeritorious defense, spell out a federal question, but it will resolve the ambiguity against the plaintiff in error who is bound, in order to give this Court jurisdiction, to clearly show that a federal right has been impaired.
Writ of error to review 185 N.Y. 107 dismissed.
The facts are stated in the opinion.