Greeley v. United States
21 U.S. 257 (1823)

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Greeley v. United States, 21 U.S. 8 Wheat. 257 257 (1823)

Greeley v. United States

21 U.S. (8 Wheat.) 257

ON CERTIFICATE OF DIVISION OF OPINION AMONG

THE JUDGES OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MAINE

Syllabus

Collusive captures and violations of the revenue laws committed by a private armed vessel are a breach of the condition of the bond given by the owners under the Prize Act of June 26, 1812, ch., 430, sec. 3. If such breach appear upon demurrer, the defendants are not entitled to a hearing in equity under the Judiciary Act of 1789, ch. 20, sec. 26.

This was an action of debt originally brought in the District Court of Maine by the United States against the defendants in that court, Greeley and others, upon a bond executed by them on 17 December, 1813, under the Prize Act of June 26, 1812, c. 430, s. 3, as owners of the private armed vessel called the Fly, conditioned that

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