Diaz v. United States - 222 U.S. 574 (1912)
U.S. Supreme Court
Diaz v. United States, 222 U.S. 574 (1912)
Diaz v. United States
Argued December 11, 12, 1911
Decided January 15, 1912
222 U.S. 574
Herrera v. United States, ante, p. 222 U. S. 558, followed as to the nature and effect of, and liability of the United States for, seizures and detention of vessels in Santiago harbor after the capitulation in 1898.
The President's proclamation of July 13, 1898, was not intended to supersede the laws of war, to interfere with the seizure, confiscation, or destruction of property necessary for the operation of war, or to attach to the necessary appropriation of such property by military officers the obligations and remedies of contracts.
43 Ct.Cl. 444 affirmed.
The facts, which involve the jurisdiction of the Court
of Claims and the liability of the United States for the use of enemy vessels seized during the war with Spain, are stated in the opinion.