American Book Co. v. Kansas ex Rel. Nichols,
193 U.S. 49 (1904)

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American Book Co. v. Kansas ex Rel. Nichols, 193 U.S. 49 (1904)

American Book Co. v. Kansas ex Rel. Nichols

No. 128

Argued January 15, 18, 1904

Decided February 23, 1904

193 U.S. 49


It is the duty of this Court to decide actual controversies by a judgment which can be carried into effect, and not to give opinions upon moot questions or abstract propositions of law.

When it appears either on the record, or by extrinsic evidence, that the judgment sought to be reviewed has, pending the appeal, and without fault of the defendant in error, been complied with, this Court will not proceed to final judgment, but will dismiss the appeal or writ of error.

The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.

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