Hopkins v. McLure, 133 U.S. 380 (1890)
U.S. Supreme CourtHopkins v. McLure, 133 U.S. 380 (1890)
Hopkins v. McLure
Argued November 20, 1889
Decided March 3, 1890
133 U.S. 380
ERROR TO THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Where the supreme court of a state decides against the plaintiff in error on an independent ground not involving a federal question and broad enough to maintain the judgment, the writ of error will be dismissed by this Court without considering the federal question.
In this case, the supreme court of the state held that the law was not changed by an isolated decision made by it, because such decision was an erroneous declaration of what was the law, and on that view, this Court held that no federal question was presented by the record, and the writ of error was dismissed.