Bayard v. United States ex Rel. White, 127 U.S. 246 (1888)
U.S. Supreme CourtBayard v. United States ex Rel. White, 127 U.S. 246 (1888)
Bayard v. United States ex Rel. White
Argued October 11-12, 1887
Decided April 30, 1888
127 U.S. 246
ERROR TO THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
In answer to a petition for a writ of mandamus to be issued to the Secretary of State to compel him to pay to the petitioner part of an award made by the Mexican Claims Commission, the Secretary set up that he could not recognize the claim of the petitioner without ignoring the conflicting claim of another person, between whom and the petitioner litigation in respect to the award was then, and had for a long time, been pending. On demurrer to the answer, held that it was sufficient.
The Secretary, in view of the litigation, was not bound to decide between the conflicting claims.