Adams v. Preston - 63 U.S. 473 (1859)
U.S. Supreme Court
Adams v. Preston, 63 U.S. 22 How. 473 473 (1859)
Adams v. Preston
63 U.S. (22 How.) 473
This Court has never reviewed the judgment of an inferior court of a state where there was an appeal to the supreme court of the state upon a subject within the jurisdiction of such court upon the allegation that its proceedings were irregular or illegal and contrary to the law of the state.
The present is such a case.
The Parish Court of New Orleans had exclusive jurisdiction over property ceded by insolvents, and the courts of the United States have no jurisdiction over such insolvencies.
An allegation of fraud in a bill filed to review such proceedings in insolvency, which was afterwards abandoned, is not sufficient to give to the circuit court jurisdiction to review the proceedings of the state court.
Moreover, the complainant has no equitable claim to relief, his assignors having no mortgage lien on the property, when the judgments were assigned to the complainant.
The facts in the case were complicated, and not to be understood by a brief narrative. The reader is therefore referred to the opinion of the Court, in which they are historically related.