United States v. Flores
United States Supreme Court
289 U.S. 137 (1933)
Flores (defendant), a United States citizen, was indicted in federal district court in the United States (plaintiff) for murdering another United States citizen while on board the S.S. Padnsay, an American ship. At the time of the alleged murder, the Padnsay was unloading its cargo while at anchor in the Port of Matadi in the Belgian Congo. The port was under the sovereignty of Belgium. The district court sustained Flores’ demurrer to the indictment on the ground that the ship was not within U.S. territory at the time of the offense, and thus the United States did not have jurisdiction. The United States Supreme Court heard the case on a direct appeal.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stone, J.)
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