Keene v. McDonough - 33 U.S. 308 (1834)
U.S. Supreme Court
Keene v. McDonough, 33 U.S. 8 Pet. 308 308 (1834)
Keene v. McDonough
33 U.S. (8 Pet.) 308
An adjudication made by a Spanish tribunal in Louisiana is not void because it was made after the cession of the country to the United States, for it is historically known that the actual possession of the country was not surrendered until some time after the proceedings and adjudication in the case took place. It was the judgment, therefore, of a competent Spanish tribunal, having jurisdiction of the case and rendered whilst the country, though ceded, was de facto in the possession of Spain and subject to Spanish laws. Such judgments, so far as they affect the private rights of the parties thereto, must be deemed valid.