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Commonwealth v. Aves
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
35 Mass. 193 (1836)
Mary Slater was a Louisiana resident and a slave owner. Slater traveled to Massachusetts and brought an eight-year-old enslaved girl, Med, with her. A few months after entering Massachusetts, Med remained in the state in the custody of Slater’s agent, Thomas Aves (defendant), who was a Boston resident. A Boston abolitionist obtained a writ of habeas corpus against Aves for holding Med against her will. Aves was summoned to appear before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Shaw, C.J.)
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