In re Ross,
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140 U.S. 453 (1891)
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In re Ross, 140 U.S. 453 (1891)
In re Ross
Argued April 30, May 1, 1891
Decided May 25, 1891
140 U.S. 453
APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED
STATES FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
By the Constitution of the United States, a government is ordained and established "for the United States of America," and not for countries outside of their limits, and that Constitution can have no operation in another country.
The laws passed by Congress to carry into effect the provisions of the treaties granting exterritorial rights in Japan, China, etc. Rev.Stat. §§ 4053-4096, do no violation to the provisions of the Constitution of the United States, although they do not require an indictment by a grand jury to be found before the accused can be called upon to answer for the crime of murder committed in those countries, or secure to him a jury on his trial.