Davis v. Gray/Dissent Davis

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Dissenting Opinion

United States Supreme Court

83 U.S. 203

Davis  v.  Gray

Mr. Justice DAVIS, with whom concurred the CHIEF JUSTICE, dissenting, said:

I am constrained to enter my dissent to the opinion and judgment of the court in this case, for the reason that this suit, although in form otherwise, is in effect against the State of Texas. The object which it seeks to obtain shows this to be so, which is to deprive the State of the power to dispose, in its own way, of its public lands, and this object, by the decision just rendered, is accomplished. In my judgment the bill should have been dismissed, because the State is exempt from suit at the instance of private persons, and on the face of the bill it is apparent that the State is arraigned as a defendant.


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