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In re Debs
United States Supreme Court
158 U.S. 564, 15 S.Ct. 900, 39 L.Ed. 1092 (1895)
The American Railway Union, led by Eugene Debs (collectively, defendants), went on strike. As part of the strike, the union physically obstructed interstate railways. United States mail, among other things, was shipped via the blocked railways. A federal court issued an injunction, ordering the union to stop interfering with the railways. The union did not obey, and the court sentenced Debs and other individuals participating in the obstruction to jail. Debs appealed to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that the federal government could not impose such a punishment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brewer, J.)
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