Hampton v. Rouse - 80 U.S. 187 (1871)
U.S. Supreme Court
Hampton v. Rouse, 80 U.S. 13 Wall. 187 187 (1871)
Hampton v. Rouse
80 U.S. (13 Wall.) 187
In a writ of error to a joint judgment against several, all must join. The omission of one or more is an irregularity for which the writ will be dismissed, a matter often held.
It appeared from the record that Wade Hampton, Wade Hampton, Jr., and J. M. Howell were defendants in the court below to an action of ejectment, and that the bill of exceptions, on which the writ of error was sued out, was tendered by them jointly. The judgment was against the defendant in the singular, but, as the verdict was joint, this Court considered it obvious that this was a mere clerical error, and that the judgment, doubtless, followed the verdict.
Wade Hampton alone prosecuted the writ of error, and there appeared to have been no summons and severance or other equivalent proceeding. [Footnote 1]