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Brown v. United States
United States Supreme Court
12 U.S. 110 (1814)
After the United States (defendant) declared war on Great Britain in 1812, the United States confiscated as enemy property pine timber located in the United States that was being delivered to England by Armitz Brown (plaintiff). Although Congress’s declaration of war allowed the executive branch to take all actions necessary to implement the war, Congress did not expressly authorize the executive branch to seize British property.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, C.J.)
Dissent (Story, J.)
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