Blanco v. Hubbard - 220 U.S. 233 (1911)
U.S. Supreme Court
Blanco v. Hubbard, 220 U.S. 233 (1911)
Blanco v. Hubbard
Argued March 17, 1911
Decided April 3, 1911
220 U.S. 233
APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT
OF THE UNITED STATES FOR PORTO RICO
A demurrer in this case having been sustained, and the bill which sought to enjoin the defendant sheriff from selling under execution issued in Perez v. Fernandez, ante, p. 220 U. S. 224, dismissed on the same grounds on which the same court refused to allow defendants in that suit, who were grantors of the plaintiffs in this suit, to come in and defend, and this Court having reversed the judgment in Perz v. Fernandez, and it appearing that the two cases were so inseparably united in the mind of the court below that the error in the one controlled its action in the other, held that the judgment in this case be also reversed.
The facts are stated in the opinion.
MR. CHIEF JUSTICE White delivered the opinion of the Court.
This record involves the bill filed by Perfecto Blanco in the lower court to enjoin the sale of the property under execution in the case of Fernandez and Perez. It concerns, therefore, the proceedings in the equity cause and the right to reopen the decree entered in the same which we have just disposed of. As stated in that case, the application for injunction pendente lite in this case was considered by the court along with the request to be allowed
to appear and defend in the equity cause, made by Perez and Ochoa. When the court temporarily stayed the execution of the judgment, a suggestion was made to counsel by the court that in this case a demurrer be filed to the bill pending the delay which must transpire in considering the subject of the right to enjoin along with, or in connection with, the right of Perez and Ochoa to appear and defend. When it was concluded that the two latter persons had no such right, and the right to an injunction pendente lite in this case was refused, the reason which controlled the court in refusing to reopen and allow a defense in the equity cause were filed as its reasons for sustaining the demurrer and finally dismissing the bill in this case. As those reasons, however, did not at all concern themselves with the grounds of demurrer separately stated, but solely related to the right to stay, by the process of injunction, the execution of the unsatisfied judgment and the enforcement of the equity decree, we think it plainly results that the decree rendered in this case must be reversed because the two dases in the mind of the court were so inseparably united that the error which led the court below to refuse in the other case the right to reopen the cause controlled its action in this.
The decree is therefore reversed, and the cause remanded for furthur proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.