United States v. Cooper , 4 U.S. 341 ( 1800 )

  • 4 U.S. 341 (____)
    4 Dall. 341

    The United States

    Supreme Court of United States.

    CHASE, Justice.

    The constitution gives to every man, charged with an offence, the benefit of compulsory process, to secure the attendance of his witnesses. I do not know of any privilege to exempt members of congress from the service, or the obligations, of a subpœna, in such cases. I will not sign any letter of the kind proposed. If, upon service of a subpœna, the members of congress do not attend, a different question may arise; and it will then be time enough to decide, whether an attachment ought, or ought not, to issue. It is not a necessary consequence of nonattendance, after the service of a subpœna, that an attachment shall issue. A satisfactory reason may appear to the Court, to justify, or excuse, it.

    PETERS, Justice.

    I know the practice in Pennsylvania to be as it has been stated; for, I have received such letters, from the Supreme Court, while I was speaker of the house of representatives, requesting that members might be permitted to attend as witnesses. In the present case, I should have no objection to acquiesce in the defendant's application, with the concurrence of the presiding Judge.

    Motion refused.

Document Info

Citation Numbers: 4 U.S. 341, 4 Dall. 341

Judges: Chase

Filed Date: 4/1/1800

Precedential Status: Precedential

Modified Date: 3/24/2017