Keene v. United States - 9 U.S. 304 (1809)
U.S. Supreme Court
Keene v. United States, 9 U.S. 5 Cranch 304 304 (1809)
Keene v. United States
9 U.S. (5 Cranch) 304
Decided that the trial of seizures under the Act of 18 February, 1793, "for enrolling and licensing ships or vessels to be employed in the coasting trade and fisheries, and for regulating the same," is to be in the judicial district in which the seizure was made, without regard to the district where the forfeiture accrued.
Error to the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, in a case of seizure of certain merchandise, being part of the cargo of the schooner Sea Flower, Matthew Keene, claimant, imported from the Havana, in the Island of Cuba, into the port of Vienna, in the District of Maryland, the vessel having sailed on a foreign voyage under a coasting license. The goods having been landed at Vienna, were transported to Alexandria, in the District of Columbia, where they were seized by the collector of that port, and libeled and condemned in the district court of that district, whose sentence was affirmed by the circuit court.