CASE OF GREENE
Annotate this Case
2 U.S. 268 (1796)
U.S. Supreme Court
CASE OF GREENE, 2 U.S. 268 (1796)
2 U.S. 268 (Dall.)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
December Term, 1796
George Greene, having petitioned for a discharge under the laws for the relief of insolvent debtors, one of his creditors was offered as a witness to prove, that several judgments had been confessed by the petitioner, without a valuable consideration, and with a view to defraud. It was objected, that a creditor was not a competent witness; as his testimony would go to invalidate the judgments, as well as to the imprisonment of the petitioner.
By the Court: This is a question of fraud; and we can perceive no just reason, why a creditor should not be examined to ascertain whether, on that ground, the petitioner ought
to be remanded. The evidence can never affect the judgments; nor be admitted, on any other occasion, to maintain the personal interest of the witness. Let him be sworn.
After a long opposition, however, the petitioner was discharged.
M'Kean, Dallas and S. Levy for the petitioner. M. Levy, Hallowell and Thomas for the creditors.
Disclaimer: Official Supreme Court case law is only found in the print version of the United States Reports. Justia case law is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect current legal developments, verdicts or settlements. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or information linked to from this site. Please check official sources.