United States Supreme Court
80 U.S. 397 (1872)
Edward Tarble (defendant) was less than 18 years old in 1869 when he used a fake name to enlist in the United States Army. Lieutenant Stone, the recruiting officer for the Army, held custody of Tarble as a minor who enlisted without the consent of his father. Tarble’s father filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in Wisconsin state court for the release of his son. A court commissioner of Dane County, Wisconsin (commissioner) issued the writ to release the prisoner from federal custody under the authority of state law. The Supreme Court of Wisconsin affirmed the order of the commissioner. The United States government petitioned for a writ of error to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Fields, J.)
Dissent (Chase, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 177,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.